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During the press circuit for The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson revealed to reporters one item that was still lingering on his own – “one more great romance.” Years later that response prompted director Rob Reiner to take another stab at a romantic comedy. Half a century after he directed Meg Ryan’s overenthusiastic climax in a New York Deli, he’s roped in over-60s box office guarantees Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as a pair of lonely singletons in rich, suburban Massachusetts. The ‘sexagenarian shenanigans’ genre clearly has more miles on its wheezing cinematic ticker.
From the screenwriter of As Good As It Gets, And So It Goes breezes on by like an inferior retread of the same story. But without the charm or ingenuity. A bitter realtor, Oren Little (Douglas) is a drunk driving douchebag. Everybody in his apartment complex despises him because he hates dogs that defecate on his lawn, »
- Gem Seddon
Earlier this week, we ran down The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films, and one of them was Michael Caine's terrific turn in one of the director's best films, "Hannah And Her Sisters." But as always, history could've played out differently as Allen revealed on a recent podcast with Sad Happy Confused, in a discussion about the great actors he's never had a chance to work with. "I have called [Robert] De Niro, I've spoken on the phone to Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson. Nicholson was going to do 'Hannah and Her Sisters' — I wasn't thinking of Michael Caine at the time as I wasn't thinking of an English guy. It would never have occurred to me," he said. ""Now I am working with Joaquin Phoenix, who is a great actor, and Sean Penn [but] I just haven't had the opportunity to work with some of our greatest — Pacino, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Some Like It Hot, 1959.
Directed by Billy Wilder.
After witnessing a murder, two musicians flee Chicago to join an all-female band on their way to Florida…
Some Like It Hot is not known for its mob ties. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, carrying their awkwardly-shaped bass-case and sax-box, dressed in drag, is the memorable image. It would be easy to watch the opening first ten minutes and not even realise what the film is as we see gangsters with tommy-guns, shoot through a hearse revealing the liquor inside. Remember the funeral parlour that doubles as a speakeasy with the appropriate knock? Or the dancing girls and jazz music that echoes out onto the street while drinkers order their “coffee”? Oh, and then the camera subtly moves to introduce Gerald (Lemmon) and Joe (Curtis). They look bored playing their up-beat music. »
- Simon Columb
Written by Mark Andrus
Directed by Rob Reiner
While most movies end with ‘happily ever after’, real life is rarely that generous. Rob Reiner’s latest romantic-comedy, And So It Goes, ponders the challenges of love and loss for the senior set. Though it has the noblest of intentions, there’s just not enough romance or comedy to warrant a recommendation. Even the considerable charms of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton aren’t enough to distract you from the glacial pacing and familiar storylines.
Douglas plays Oren Little, an embittered widower whose only kind words are reserved for potential clients of his real estate agency. All Oren wants is to sell his family home and retire to a sleepy little village in Vermont. Living next door to him is the ever-cheery widow, Leah (Diane Keaton), who spends her evenings cultivating a second career as a middling lounge singer. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Though none of the characters in “And So It Goes” wear fabulous clothes, vacation in scenic locales, or live in perfectly kept mansions with kitchens so catalog-ready they'd make Martha Stewart weep in envy, Rob Reiner‘s Nancy Meyers knock-off does peddle one irresistible fantasy: the idea that the right person could come along and magically rid you of all your faults, resentments, and unhappiness, painlessly transplanting another personality where yours used to be. Michael Douglas thus takes a page out of Jack Nicholson‘s “As Good As It Gets” playbook and gives us a few guilty chuckles as he plays the. »
- Inkoo Kang
With Jack Nicholson still enjoying his retirement, it falls to Michael Douglas to swoon over the oh-so-cutesy Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, a timid, elder rom-com in the same wheelhouse as the 2003 Nicholson-Keaton team-up, Something's Gotta Give. A film of nothing but soft edges, director Rob Reiner's mushy saga concerns real estate agent Oren (Douglas), who's first shown paying his respects at his wife's grave on her birthday -- a gentle introduction that immediately neuters the subsequent portrait of him as an unrepentant jerk who likes to shoot lawn-crapping dogs with a paintball gun, treat prospective clients with racial/ethnic insensitivity, and complain about having to see the penis of a young kid who lives above him in his waterfront Connecticut fourplex. »
It’s been a long four years since we’ve seen anything work out for Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek. He’s been in talks to make several movies, only for those to go nowhere; he shot a pilot for a TV series based on Joe Hill’s Locke & Key comics that sadly didn’t get picked up, and has had several projects sit in development. Now he’s in negotiations for an unexpected project: The Overlook Hotel.Also known as a prequel to The Shining, the film has been in development for a couple of years at Warner Bros., with former Walking Dead show runner Glen Mazzara taking on the job of writing the script explaining what happens in the hotel long before Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and his family arrived for their ill-fated stay. After a long period of no information about what exactly what that »
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be enjoying his summer vacay to the fullest. The 39-year-old Wolf of Wall Street star was spotted on a beach in Miami looking rather scruffy as he emerged from the ocean rocking a grizzly beard, covering up his less-than-toned bod with a white towel. Just a couple of weeks ago, the actor was snapped playing volleyball with his 21-year-old girlfriend Toni Garnn, where we first noticed that he's kinda starting to morph into Jack Nicholson. In the shot, DiCaprio had his hair in the same style as Nicholson, rocked a similar pair of sunglasses that the 77-year-old thesp frequently wears and looked like his younger twin when he cracked a smile. It's no secret DiCaprio can do a »
Mark Romanek has entered negotiations to direct The Shining prequel The Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros. We reported in May that Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was the studio's top choice to direct The Overlook Hotel, but it seems a deal was never reached.
The Overlook Hotel is based on the original prologue that Stephen King wrote for The Shining novel, which was cut before the book was published in 1977. The prologue tells the origin story of The Overlook Hotel and its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a "robber baron" at the start of the 20th Century who set out to build the greatest resort in America, nestled within the Colorado Rockies, where he and his family also lived.
After landing The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara to pen the script, The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel has taken another big step forward with news that Mark Romanek is in negotiations to helm the film.
Romanek, known for his music videos for bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer, broke into feature filmmaking in 2010 with Never Let Me Go (though he also directed 2002′s One Hour Photo before most of his music video work). After following up Never Let Me Go with the TV movie Locke & Key, he became increasingly in demand in Hollywood and is rumored to be directing Dan Brown adaptation The Lost Symbol. Romanek also has episodes of ABC’s The Whispers premiering sometime next year.
- Isaac Feldberg
Mark Romanek, who directed One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a prequel to The Shining. Overlook Hotel will tell the story of the original owner of the cursed Rocky Mountain hotel, which was the setting for Stephen King’s novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie with Jack Nicholson.
The script, written by Glenn Mazzara (The Walking Dead), is based on a prologue to The Shining that King wrote but which was excised prior to publication back in 1977. It was published in Whispers magazine five years later as “Before the Play. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Mark Romanek is set to direct Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining which will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home. amz asin="B00A6CCF0K" size="small"The Shining was obviously based on the novel by Stephen King, which starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, caretaker of the Overlook Hotel for the winter. His son, Danny (Danny Lloyd) had psychic powers and when brought together with the evil and spiritual presence at the hotel Jack turned to violence while Danny continued to see horrific forebodings from the past and future of the hotel. King has since written a sequel, »
- Brad Brevet
Mark Romanek is checking into the Overlook Hotel. The director is in negotiations to direct the prequel to The Shining for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The Shining was one of Stephen King's early horror works and was adapted into the classic Stanley Kubrick movie, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Overlook is based on King's original prologue to The Shining, which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977. Photos 15 Horror Movies That Offered the Most Bang for the Buck The film will tell the origin story of the haunted
- Borys Kit
Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to “The Shining,” which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977, the film will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home
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Starring Jack Nicholson, the original “Shining” revolved around a writer who takes his family to an isolated hotel for the winter where »
- Justin Kroll
Hulu's seven-episode series "The Hotwives of Orlando" lampoons Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises in exactly the right ways: The catchphrases, the melodrama, the sham marriages, and the frightening fights are all parodied with very close attention to detail. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have a cast of game ladies in their Florida-set series, including Schneider herself (who plays Shauna Maducci, the "bankrupt overspender"), "Happy Endings"/"SNL" vet Casey Wilson as trophy wife Tawny St. John, Tymberlee Hill as Phenomenon "Phe Phe" Reed, Andrea Savage as cougar Veronica Von Vandervon, Angela Kinsey of "The Office" as religious zealot Crystal Simmons, and "30 Rock" vet Kristen Schaal as drug-addled former child star Amanda Simmons. HitFix caught a few minutes to interview Wilson, Hill, Savage, Schneider, and Phirman. Instead of asking them to name their favorite "Housewives" franchise or terrifying dream about Andy Cohen, we asked them to pick their favorite ladies from famous pop culture groups. »
- Louis Virtel
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Milos Forman’s fantastic and Oscar-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” but it’s never too early to start celebrating a great film. To that end, some of the deleted scenes from the film have been posted online for your viewing pleasure. Starring Jack Nicholson, the Forman-directed film was only the second ever film (at the time)—after 1934’s “It All Happened One Night”—to sweep the five major Academy Award categories (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor in Lead Role and Actress in Lead Role). The reel of deleted scenes runs about thirteen minutes long and look to have been uploaded from the film’s home video release several years ago. You get to see McMurphy’s initial meeting with Dr. Spivey as well as other scenes featuring the rest of the ensemble cast including a very uncomfortable shaving scene with Will Sampson’s Chief. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Somewhere, Billy Joel is cringing. While the title of Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes” seems intended as take-it-on-the-chin affirmation of life’s inevitable detours and potholes, the movie itself feels like a surrender — to the kind of geriatric burlesque that increasingly seems to be the only game in town for A-list stars of Social Security age. Rivaling headliner Michael Douglas’ recent altacocker ensembler “Last Vegas” in its quantity of arthritic slapstick and tearjerking platitudes, this independently financed reunion project for the actor and his “American President” director is being positioned by upstart distrib Clarius as an alternative to the summer’s comicbook blockbusters. But “And So It Goes” will need a Viagara-sized box office miracle to come anywhere near the niche success of the recent “Parental Guidance” ($77 million) and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ($46 million), to say nothing of Reiner’s own “The Bucket List” ($93 million).
Screenwriter Mark Andrus, »
- Scott Foundas
According to director Rob Reiner, the seed for his new movie, And So It Goes, was planted a few years ago at a press junket for The Bucket List. One of the reporters asked Jack Nicholson what was on his bucket list, and the actor replied, “one more great romance.” That stimulated Reiner, the producers, and screenwriter Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets) to build a picture around the idea of a late-in-life love story. With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton cast as the sixtysomething lovers, the film aims to tap an underserved audience.
- Stephen Farber
Joe Berlinger’s documentaries typically deal with glaring flaws in the American justice system, and his latest is no different. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger follows the trial of one of the most brutal gangsters America has ever seen, James “Whitey” Bulger.
Just as it seems like Bulger will finally be brought to justice, accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems surface, and the FBI begins to look just as bad as the mob. Although it is never fully proven, it appears that the FBI may have had a hand in allowing Bulger to remain such a frightening crime figure for far too long a time.
It was a privilege being able to talk with Berlinger when he arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last week to do some press for the film. During our exclusive interview, »
- Ben Kenber
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