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The drama starring Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard and Jack Thompson will begin a limited cinema roll-out at the Cremorne Orpheum on June 16 - one month before it.s released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms.
Producers Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong are hoping the accelerated release, with Screen Australia contributing to the $200,000 P&A spend, will provide a bigger upside than a conventional cinema season and then waiting 120 days for ancillary revenues.
The film is booked at the Randwick Ritz on June 23 and dates in Melbourne and Canberra are to be confirmed. There will be Q&A screenings with the director and key cast, excluding Ricci.
Pinnacle Films will release the title on DVD, Blu-ray and all major digital platforms including iTunes, Big Pond Movies, Foxtel, Google Play, »
- Don Groves
After languishing in development hell for more than five years, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars finally has two new clips to boast about — although one feels more like a rough sketch. Maps to the Stars is Cronenberg’s Hollywood opus à la David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (but perhaps heavier on the absurdist side), commenting on the industry’s relationship with Western culture, centered on a dysfunctional Tinseltown family. The cast couldn’t be better: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska (who is quickly becoming our go-to creepy girl, taking over for Christina Ricci), John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson (his second go-round with the director). "Maps to the Stars is very extreme. It's not obviously a very big commercial...
- Alison Nastasi
Christina Ricci and Doug E Doug star in this reworking of the 1965 Disney caper about a cat who holds the clue to a kidnapping. In the role originally taken by Hayley Mills, Ricci plays bored teenager Patti, who gets an unexpected burst of excitement when a local millionaire's housekeeper is abducted. What's more, goofy FBI agent Zeke (Doug) suspects that her moggy DC (for "Darn Cat") could lead him to the missing maid. »
In 2010, Lionsgate released the animated 3D adventure, Alpha and Omega about the hierarchy of a wolf pack as Alpha Kate (Hayden Panettiere) and Omega Humphrey (Justin Long) defied pack convention to fall in love. With an all-star cast, including Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper in his last role, and Christina Ricci, the film was critically panned but commercially successful and has since spawned two sequels, with another on the way for October 2014. Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games lacks the name talent and “pawsome” production value, making for a no-frills addition to a sustainable low-risk franchise that is available exclusively at Wal-Mart.
- Kyle North
A skin specialist who once got into an epic feud with Nicki Minaj is now in jail ... arrested for allegedly masterminding a Murder For Hire plot.Dawn DaLuise owns her own salon -- Skin Refinery -- in West Hollywood. Another esthetician moved into the same building where DaLuise works and we're told she went ballistic at the threat of competition under her own roof.Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... DaLuise allegedly hired a hit man to kill her competitor. »
- TMZ Staff
The Tribeca Film Festival is not only known for its world renown films that are featured there, but also its annual Tribeca Street Fair held on Greenwich Street between Hubart and Chambers Streets in downtown New York City. The 2013 Tribeca Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 27th and there was a lot of events going on to take advantage of and enjoy.
The day was also shared with Espn Sports Day where athletes came and joined the crowd in a set of activities promoting the physical activities of children, including former Knicks and Georgetown player Jerome Williams. People also received the opportunity to join the Tribeca Studios Backlot which allowed them to make their own movies and learn how to work with animations and green screens. They also participated in workshops and were able to learn more about stunts, makeup, editing and much more about the making of a film. »
- Catherina Gioino
Birthday shoutouts go to Josh Brolin (above), who is 46, Christina Ricci is 34, Chynna Phillips is 46, Joanna Kerns is 61, and Arsenio Hall is 58. Plus a very special belated Birthday to Tbl reader hbeach!
Lady Gaga Films Music Video Project With Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Cast. Um … what?
Kentucky ban on gay marriages from other states struck down by federal judge
Comedy legend Sid Caesar has passed away at the age of 91.
Brian Boitano: My U.S. Olympic Delegation Story
Could a Firefly “limited series reboot” be possible? Maybe! But probably not.
Play nice, boys.
I'm so proud of @RealHughJackman for hosting this year's Tony Awards and for calling me an hour ago to say, 'Suck it!'
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) February 11, 2014
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
The Oscars are approaching fast, and that means it’s time to take advantage of our love of self-important speechifying and get critical. Today’s topic? The best Best Actress speech of the past 10 years. I’ve ranked all the winners and their podium monologues. Can you guess who came out on top? Hint: Her work is better than the Gettysburg Address. Or at least dripping with more lesbian innuendo. Here’s the ten speeches ranked worst to first.
While perfectly quaint, this is also the epitome of a disappointing Oscar speech: overly earnest, a little too long, low on charisma, and chockablock with trite sentiment (not to mention that all-too-familiar motherhood metaphor about “the most important role of all”). I appreciate that she drew attention to crew members who otherwise go unmentioned in Oscar speeches, but where is the decadence? The joy? The fire? (Yes, »
- Louis Virtel
Were you inspired by the teen gymnast’s real-life story of triumph and tragedy? Get our take, then drop a comment with your own.
With the 2014 Winter Olympics just a week away, and Feb. 1 marking the official start of Black History Month, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the premiere of The Gabby Douglas Story, Lifetime’s biopic of the first African-American to win the title of Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics.
Gabby Douglas’ Lifetime Movie: Our Review
Gabby Douglas has handled her time in the spotlight with as much grace and poise as she shows on the gymnastics floor, and Lifetime’s look at her personal journey revealed why that is.
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Actresses Sydney Mikayla and Imani Hakim masterfully portrayed Gabby’s dedication to her sport and herself; and Regina King, as Natalie Hawkins, showed how Gabby’s mother supported her, and continues to do so, »
- Andy Swift
NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” continues to look pretty good, but otherwise it’s been a rough start for new series on the broadcast networks in 2014, with Fox’s “Rake” joining the list of lackluster performers with its premiere bow last week.
Fox also hasn’t been able to get many to sign up for Friday comedy “Enlisted” on that challenging night, and CBS’ “Intelligence” hasn’t looked all that bright on Monday. ABC, meanwhile, cancelled one show after just two airings, “The Assets,” and is holding on to another (“Killer Women”) that’s not faring much better.
The mostly disappointing perfs by the hourlongs to start the year come following a 2013 that produced more drama hits than usual, including NBC’s “The Blacklist,” CBS’ “Under the Dome,” Fox’s “The Following” and “Sleepy Hollow” and, though it hasn’t quite lived up to its pre-season hype, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of Shield. »
- Rick Kissell
The moment that Jennifer Lawrence hit the red carpet in her white Dior gown at the Golden Globe Awards, celebs and fans went nuts with their own versions of the frock. Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes started the "Lawrencing" party by posting a pic of himself emulating J.Law's tied-up ensemble. And after that, it went viral. Everyone made their own white-and-black strap creations (even cats joined in on the fun), and some compared the American Hustle star's dress to that time when Arielle from The Little Mermaid created an outfit from an old sheet. Ouch! And then there was "Riccing." Let us never forget the time when Christina Ricci documented just »
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, Lifetime's biopic about the infamous Lizzie Borden, is on its way to DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and we have all the details you need right here, just short of 40 whacks.
From the Press Release
Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Christina Ricci (TV’s “Pan Am”) gives a riveting lead performance in the suspenseful tale of Lizzie Borden, a young American woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892, and whose subsequent trial gave birth to an American obsession with the scandalous and sordid. Directed by acclaimed independent film and television director Nick Gomez (TV’s “The Sopranos”) and featuring a high-caliber supporting cast, including Golden Globe® Nominee »
- Uncle Creepy
This past weekend saw the premiere of Lifetime's new horror biopic 'Lizzie Borden Took an Ax' starring the gorgeous Christina Ricci (below). Now merely days later Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that they'll be releasing Lizzie both on DVD and digitally across the Us from 8 April. Nick Gomez helms the biopic which concentrates its focus on the infamous real-life Miss Borden, just one of the main suspects in the brutal murder of her parents during the latter end of the 19th Century. The feature also stars Clea DuVall ('The Grudge'), Billy Campbell, Jennifer Kydd, John Maclaren, Andria Wilson and Brett Donahue. »
One of the best things about Lifetime movies -- and this is said in the most affectionate, loving way possible -- is their low-budget crappiness. So imagine the shock after watching Christina Ricci in the historical thriller/courtroom drama "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" and realizing that it was actually pretty good! No caveat required, no guilty pleasure tag needed.
The movie took on the infamous 1890s trial of young New England woman Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax (hence the title), and was later acquitted.
Lifetime has a knack for attracting top-tier talent for what often ends up being silly little movies, but "Lizzie Borden" seemed different -- everyone was having a lot of fun without getting too over-the-top campy. The script was soapy enough without getting too melodramatic, and the costumes were fun and period-reminiscent, but not too high-maintenance.
The great performances, »
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, the latest made-for-tv movie churned out by Lifetime, stars Christina Ricci in the titular role of the young woman who may have slaughtered her father and stepmother in cold blood.
Lizzie Borden Biopic Airs On Lifetime
Ricci, as critics point out, is at home in the role of Borden – channeling both unnervingly calm psychosis as well as believable innocence when it’s called for. Clea Duvall (21 Grams, Girl Interrupted) also shines as Borden’s sister, who reluctantly chooses to believe Lizzie’s assurances that she's not guilty.
Lifetime chose to give the legendary, true story of Lizzie Borden a makeover, eschewing facts in favor of adding more drama to an already unbelievable truth. The result, according to critics, is something that resembles camp – but not of the enjoyable variety one generally seeks out on Lifetime.
Critics Weight In On Lizzie Borden Took An Ax
“[Lizzie Borden Took An Ax] is not only conventionally done, »
Lifetime' "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" was not only one of the network's best made-for-tv movies in ages, it was also based on the very true story of Massachusetts woman Lizzie Borden, played by Christina Ricci, who was tried and acquitted of killing her parents with an ax.
The case is a thing of legend in the Northeast U.S., but perhaps isn't quite as famous in other parts of the country. Here's a quick guide as to what actually happened and what Lifetime took liberties with:
In the movie, just as in real life, Borden was accused of the murders but was ultimately let off. The film also managed to mention some of the real-life evidence: that LIzzie had inquired about buying poison in the days before the murders, the number of times each victim was sliced with the ax, that Lizzie burned her dress after the police wanted to admit it into evidence, »
Lifetime’s chilling tale of real-life murder suspect Lizzie Borden more than lived up to our expectations.
In case you’re having trouble keeping score, Lifetime is owning 2014. Just one week after blessing us with the guilty pleasure masterpiece Flowers In The Attic, the network premiered its instant camp classic Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, and it was everything we hoped it would be.
Christina Ricci masterfully tackles the role of real-life murder suspect Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of killing both of her parents in 1892 — although “killing” is far too mild a description of what Lizzie was thought to have done. You may recall the following jump-rope rhyme, totally appropriate for little children:
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one. »
- Andy Swift
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax Trailer. Nick Gomez‘s Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (2014) TV movie trailer stars Christina Ricci, Billy Campbell, Clea DuVall, Jennifer Kydd, and Kyle Mitchell. Lizzie Borden Took An Ax‘s plot synopsis: “The nursery rhyme “Lizzie Borden took an ax…and gave her mother forty whacks…when [...]
Continue reading: Lizzie Borden Took An Axe (2014) TV Movie Trailer: Ricci is a Killer »
- Rollo Tomasi
There's a lot to like about "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" (Sat. Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Lifetime). It's a thoroughly modern take on the woman who made parental murder the stuff of a catchy little rhyme perfect for jumping rope. The music is slick (songs by the Black Keys, Sons of Jezebel and the Kreeps jazz up the soundtrack), the cinematography slicker, the cast stellar. Christina Ricci, with her doe-like eyes and callous smirk flutters easily between insincere delicacy and murderous glee. It's all such fun... if only it worked. Film schools love to trot out great films (or, at »
- Liane Bonin Starr
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