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David Hare (“The Reader”) has adapted the book. It recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Because the English legal system puts the burden of proof on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team had to prove that the Holocaust actually happened and that Irving had manipulated data to make history vanish.
Swank was »
- Dave McNary
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jennifer Lopez plays a sexy high school teacher whose fling with a teenager turns into a dark obsession in this so-bad-it's-good thriller. The Blu-ray and DVD combo pack includes the bonus features "The Making of The Boy Next Door," feature commentary from director Rob Cohen, and deleted scenes. Here's an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray release, with Lopez talking about how much she loves psychological thrillers:
Jimmy (Kevin Hart) is paid to be the best man at weddings for awkward loners. One of those loners, Doug (Josh Gad), hires Jimmy for his wedding, and so begins an elaborate charade and a hilarious bromantic comedy. The Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, music video, improvised lines, and some scene commentary. »
- Gina Carbone
A new distributor owned by one of America.s richest men has bought Us rights to writer-director Michael Petroni.s Backtrack after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Saban Films put up a seven-figure guarantee for the psychological thriller which stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy and Bruce Spence . "We're thrilled at the sale to Saban; they made an aggressive offer which is testament to their strong belief in the film,. said See Pictures. Jamie Hilton, who produced with Antonia Barnard and Petroni. .A deal this size coming out of Tribeca is a great result and we'll go to Cannes with confidence as we screen the film for the first time to European and other international buyers." Brody plays Peter, a troubled psychotherapist who suffers from nightmares and eerie visions, which prompt him to revisit his remote hometown where he becomes obsessed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery. »
- Don Groves
Daredevil moonlighting as Batman? For some actors, one comic book character isn’t enough, nor is one comic publisher. Some actors have jumped the fence between Marvel and DC, playing characters from both companies.
Marvel and DC may have a rivalry going, but that doesn’t stop them from hiring actors who’ve previously worked for the competition. Below is a list of nine actors who’ve portrayed characters from both comic book publishers.
For Marvel: His first foray into the super hero realm was as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004). Later, he joined Hugh ‘Wolverine’ Jackman as part of the X-franchise, taking on the role of the mutant Wade “Deadpool” Wilson in X-Men: Origins-Wolverine (2009). He is set to recreate this role in Deadpool (2016)
For DC: He got his big opportunity for super hero stardom playing the cosmic hero with the power ring in Green Lantern (2011). Sadly, that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Following its Us premiere last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, the romantic comedy Man Up has been picked up by Saban Films, who will distribute the film in North America.
Directed by Ben Palmer, (The Inbetweeners Movie), the film stars Bell as Nancy, a single woman who is mistaken for Jack’s (Pegg) blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, but decides to take fate into her hands and just go with it. Olivia Williams (Sabotage), Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) co-star.
Saban Films launched last year and picked up Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman from EuropaCorp. They have since picked up the U.S. rights to such films as How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; The Forger starring John Travolta and The Trust starring Nicolas Cage.
Man Up debuts in the UK on May 29th. »
- Scott J. Davis
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
When a DVD gets a reissue, its distributor tends to change the artwork. Er, not always for the better...
Movie studios love having large catalogues of older movies. They guarantee a revenue stream after all, through TV sales, streaming services, and the occasional repackaging of a DVD and/or Blu-ray edition.
But new packaging means new artwork, and a star who was hot when the film first came around may have faded since. Plus, audience trends change. Plus, there's the added bonus of luring people to buy two copies. Marvellous!
Most of the time, artwork updates go without a hitch. But in recent times, particularly with 90s movies we've noticed, some of the updates, er, 'dumb things down' slightly. Most of these exhibits are from the UK, we should note. If we broadened it more than we had into the Us - which we may do in a future piece »
Tommy Lee Jones is having such a tough time selling his massive horse ranch in Florida, he's dropping the price by a whopping 25 percent. The San Saba Polo Ranch sits on 55 acres of land with 48 horse stalls, a regulation size polo field (complete with an underground irrigation system) and an exercise track. The main house is 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms ... pretty modest, but it's surrounded by an awesome lake, waterfall and nature preserve. Now for the nitty-gritty. »
- TMZ Staff
Arriaga, who was the Fipresci Latin American Personality of the Year in 2014, boasts a filmography that includes three collaborations as a screenwriter with three-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Love’s a Bitch,” “21 Grams” and “Babel”), as well as “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” with Tommy Lee Jones, which won the best screenplay prize for Arriaga at Cannes; “The Night Buffalo” with Jorge Hernández Aldana; and “The Burning Plain,” which Arriaga also directed, premiered in Venice in 2008 and starred Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence.
He has also written the novels “The Guillotine Squad” (1991), “A Sweet Scent of Death” (1994), “Night Buffalo” (1999) and the book of short stories “Retorno 201” (2006). His novels have been translated into 18 languages.
Based on Arriaga’s concept »
- Christopher Pickard
James Best, who played the memorable Sherrif Roscoe P. Coltrane on the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, passed away yesterday at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. The actor played Roscoe P. Coltrane, the longtime rival to the Duke brothers, on all seven seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979 to 1985.
The actor was raised in Indiana and ended up moving to New York after serving in World War II. He found work as a fashion model which lead to him being discoverd by a casting agent. He became a contract player for Universal Pictures. He appeared in a number of films throughout the 1950s such as Winchester '73 alongside James Stewart and The Cimarron Kid with Audie Murphy. He ended up working in both TV and film throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, appearing in notable episodes of The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and Have Gun - Will Travel, »
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
★★★★☆ The Homesman (2014) is a rare and genuine entry into the Western film canon. It's lyrical. It's heartfelt. It's gruesome. Most importantly, it endows humanity to its cast of characters who are found bearing the brunt of a gritty life on the frontier of North America. Adapted from the Glendon Swarthout novel of the same name, this film marks Tommy Lee Jones' fourth outing as director and his third Western. Despite his firm directorial hand, its concerns are with the weight of grief and persevering nature of women in duress. After a particularly harsh winter in the Nebraska Territory, independent spinster Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) finds herself tasked with the transport of three mentally and spiritually broken wives back to Iowa.
- CineVue UK
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at all things Blu-ray…
Talk about your Christmas blockbusters. One of the UK’s biggest films of last year, Paddington charmed the crowds to the tune of £37 million, and became Studio Canal’s biggest film ever beating out last year’s Non Stop with a worldwide gross of $236 million. A wonderful family adventure, Paddington is set to be one of the year’s best sellers on Blu-ray and DVD.
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A relatively small release in the UK for this indie crime drama, but certainly worth a watch. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, The Drop is a hugely compelling film which stars Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barman who gets embroiled in some mob dealings with the late James Gandolfini. Noomi Rapace also stars.
You can read our thoughts on the film here.
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- Scott J. Davis
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, William Fichtner, Barry Corbin, Evan Jones, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld
Run Time: 122 minutes
Extras: The Story; Shooting The Film; The Western; The Homesman at Cannes
Sometimes a film’s released that slips quietly under the radar, with potential audiences completely unaware that they’re missing out on something marvelous. The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, is one such title, and I’m glad I had the chance to review it.
Set in 1850s midwest America, independent frontier woman Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) lives a simple life – farming, cooking, cleaning. Desperate for a husband and family, but rejected by every man she’s propositioned marriage to, she lives a lonely life. When the local minister offers up the opportunity to travel across country, Mary suggests she volunteer herself. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
An incredible cast unite to star in writer and director Tommy Lee Jones’ new Western The Homesman. Jones is joined by Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and James Spader in this ‘untold story of the West’. The Homesman will be available to Download early from 16th March and on Blu-ray and DVD from 23rd March 2015, and we’ve got three to giveaway on Blu-ray!
Independent frontier woman Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) volunteers for the dangerous task of leading three unstable women across the harsh Nebraska territories to deliver them to a minister’s wife (Streep). On their perilous journey Mary Bee saves the life of on-the-run reprobate George Briggs (Jones) in exchange for his help. Together the unlikely pair are pushed to their limits as they face constant threat and tragedy.
Critically acclaimed and with incredible performances The Homesman is an epic, sweeping tale set against the stark but »
- Dan Bullock
The Austin Film Society, organizers of the Texas Film Awards, have more than a few milestones to celebrate this year. Not only the 30th anniversary of the Society and the 15th anniversary of the Awards themselves, it’s also the capper on a banner year for Texans in film, with Lone Star natives Wes Anderson and Society cofounder Richard Linklater both nominated for director at last month’s Oscars.
As part of the Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, hosted by Mike Judge, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present a creative achievement award to Linklater’s “Boyhood,” along with posthumous honors to Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson.
Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award
- Andrew Barker
On Thursday night, the Austin Film Society will hold its 15th annual Texas Film Awards ceremony, which traditionally takes place the night before the SXSW Film Festival. Honorees this year include famous Texans Tommy Lee Jones, Guillermo Del Toro, Bonnie Curtis and Luke Wilson, alongside a posthumous tribute to Austin film guru L.M. Kit Carson. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” will also receive a special award. But Linklater will have more than one reason to celebrate: This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Afs, the non-profit film organization that he co-founded with cinematographer Lee Daniel in 1985. Over the years, as Linklater’s filmmaking career has blossomed, he has retained a prominent role at Afs — shaping Austin’s thriving film culture in the process. Now, the Film Society has its own theater and a successful grant program that has so far awarded a cumulative total of $1.6 million to filmmakers. Indiewire reached out »
- Eric Kohn
Lloyd Fonvielle, who wrote the screenplays for the 1980s films The Lords of Discipline and The Bride and received a story credit on the 1999 blockbuster The Mummy, has died. He was 64. Fonvielle died Feb. 19 while at his writing desk in his apartment in Las Vegas, according to his friend Eli Selden of Anonymous Content. The cause of death was hypertension and the lung disease Copd, the coroner’s office said. A working writer in Hollywood for more than two decades, Fonvielle also wrote and directed the 1988 Showtime telefilm Gotham, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Virginia Madsen. He penned
- Mike Barnes
Mike Judge, the creator of “Silicon Valley” and “King of the Hill,” will emcee the 15th annual Texas Film Awards, during which he’ll honor “Silicon Valley” actor Christopher Evan Welch with a posthumous award.
Welch, the stage and screen veteran who attracted Hollywood notice as an eccentric billionaire in the first season of “Silicon Valley,” died of lung cancer in late 2013. Judge will present the posthumous award to Welch’s family during the ceremony.
Held on the eve of SXSW in Austin, Tex., the Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards already sports a list of honorees that includes Guillermo del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson and Bonnie Curtis. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” will receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Cinema Award.
The 2015 Texas Film Awards are set for March 12 at Austin Studios.
- Gordon Cox
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