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The Sure Thing - Shout! Factory - Blu-ray Director: Rob Reiner Cast: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Boyd Gaines, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins. Full cast + crew There are a few noteworthy big-budget releases from 2014 hitting store shelves this week, but before we get to those let's focus on an old gem that an entirely new generation should rediscover: The Sure Thing, directed by Rob Reiner. It was his second feature ever, and it came sandwiched right between This is Spinal Tap and Stand By Me. It's a brilliant, character-driven script with two great leads in John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga. It elevates '80s sex comedy material to some endearing levels, and the whole movie has aged remarkably well. Highly, highly recommended if...
- Peter Hall
Some prominent Aea members plan to picket their union’s North Hollywood headquarters on Monday. With ballots for the controversial 99-seat plan referendum set to be mailed next week, both sides of the debate are gearing up for a battle that could shape the future of L.A.’s intimate theater scene. Frances Fisher, French Stewart and Kirsten Vangsness are set to join Monday’s protest march planned by I Love 99, a group opposing Equity’s minimum wage plan for L.A.'s intimate theaters. About 200 actors are expected to attend the march, which starts at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim, Vineland and Camarillo in the NoHo Arts District and ending in front of the Aea offices on Tujunga near Burbank Blvd., according to organizers. Organizers also plan to read statements of support by Jason Alexander, Alfred Molina and John Rubinstein. Meanwhile, Tim Robbins (pictured) has also expressed »
David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »
- Derek Anderson
Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
Home Box Office announced today the name of its standalone premium streaming service - HBO Now - and that the service will launch this April, bringing the highly anticipated new product to audiences in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. HBO and Apple also announced that for the first time an HBO subscription will be made available directly to Apple customers through HBO Now.
HBO Now provides instant access to HBO's acclaimed programming. Watch every episode of every season of the best series programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and comedy and music specials. To subscribe to the streaming service HBO Now, consumers only need the internet.
It's now official! HBO announced today the name of its standalone premium streaming service – HBO Now – and that the service will launch this April, bringing the product to audiences in time for the fifth season of "Game of Thrones." HBO and Apple also announced that for the first time an HBO subscription will be made available directly to Apple customers through HBO Now. HBO Now provides instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming, original series, the latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and comedy and music specials. Highly-anticipated upcoming original programs like "Westworld," the drama series starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood; "The Brink," the dark comedy series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins; the new season of the Emmy-winning "True Detective" with Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams; and HBO...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Michael Kenneth Williams has booked the starring role in IFC's "The Spoils of Babylon" series sequel, to be titled "The Spoils Before Dying," the network announced today. Set in the Los Angeles’ 1950s jazz scene, the pulp-mystery serial will follow Rock Banyon (played by Williams), a down-and-out jazz pianist who becomes the prime suspect when his lead singer (who also happens to be his lover) is found murdered. To prove his innocence, and avoid a death penalty, Rock uses the next 72 hours to clear his name, on the run, in a quest for the truth loaded with sex, murder, love and betrayal. In addition, Will Ferrell will reprise his role as Eric Jonrosh, the fictional author-turned-director who introduces each chapter of his book-to-screen adaptions. The original "Spoils of Babylon" was a 2014 miniseries written by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele, directed by Piedmont, and starring Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Actors’ Equity Association unveiled backing from Seiu as a local politician threw his support behind the group opposing the union's minimum wage plan for intimate theater in Los Angeles. Debate over the upcoming referendum on reforming the 99-seat plan is increasingly contentious, with Equity calling L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s support for the intimate theater producers opposing the proposal “shocking.” O’Farrell joined a group of theater artists including Tim Robbins, Noah Wyle, and Daniel Henning, founding artistic director of the Blank Theatre, at an ILove99 rally on Hollywood's Theatre Row Wednesday. “It’s important that I do all I can to do support this community,” O’Farrell said. “Small theater isn’t just about our freedom of expression, it’s also good for the Los Angeles economy.” Equity immediately fired back. “It is shocking that any elected official would support producers who are unwilling to pay their artists minimum wage, »
Kristen Wiig leads a solid cast, including Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Wes Bentley, and James Marsden, in Welcome to Me as Alice Kleig, a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins the lottery. Off her meds and inspired by Oprah, she buys a talk show with her winnings, using it as a platform to broadcast her unique views on life to the rest of the world. Welcome to Me certainly has an interesting hook, and the trailer does have a nice line in gentle, slightly zany humour, but it all feels a little one-note, and I have to wonder if it can hold itself together for it's full runtime. Released: 1st May »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Film and television actors are lining up with intimate theater producers against Equity’s minimum wage proposal for L.A. performers. Tim Robbins, Noah Wyle, Frances Fisher and Alfred Molina are just some of the prominent actors calling for local members of Actors’ Equity Association to vote no in the union’s upcoming 99-seat plan referendum. “The 99 Seat Plan gave me the opportunity, without doubt, to become who I am as an actor in every way,” Wyle, who serves as artistic director/producer at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, said in a statement. “Please do not eliminate the Plan. It would devastate the Intimate Theatre Scene in Los Angeles.” Speaking at a town hall meeting Feb. 23, Robbins, who holds a similar position with the Actors’ Gang, said: "I've gotten so much out of it, and so have the actors. Actors have launched careers. I would urge you all to vote no. »
The story of a woman with a personality disorder, who obviously is off her meds, winning the lottery and spending the money to air her own talk show, Welcome to Me is indie gold, and Wiig is the person to deliver. Plus, the supporting cast is amazing, and if the trailer is a legitimate picture of the film, it should be brilliant.
Take a look below, and let me know what you think of this one. It hits May 1st.
Welcome to Me Trailer
What happens when a young woman with »
- Marc Eastman
What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery?
In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.
Wiig was intrigued by how real the bizarre and darkly-‐funny script felt, which she says made the “comedic parts even more funny and the dramatic parts more amazing.”
She hopes that the audience will have the same love-‐hate relationship with the character that she does. “You feel sorry for Alice and at the same time, you totally get why people are frustrated with her, and »
- Michelle McCue
The film follows Alice Klieg (Wiig), a massive Oprah Winfrey fan with Borderline Personality Disorder, who wins $86 million in the lottery.
Alice decides to buy herself a talkshow with her winnings, and soon finds her fame increasing as she shares all of her thoughts and opinions on subjects from food to relationships.
Welcome To Me is released in the Us on May 1. »
Welcome To Me stars Kristen Wiig as Alice, a fame-obsessed woman with borderline personality disorder who after winning $86 million in the lottery, decides to spend the money on a TV show about herself. Eventually she must decide whether celebrity and recognition really brings happiness. James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley and Linda Cardellini also star. Shira Piven directs and Eliot Laurence wrote the script for the pic, a Bron… »
Wiig falls off her rocker in the film’s first trailer after winning $86 million in the lottery.
The newfound wealth inspires the fame-hungry Alice, who suffers from borderline personality disorder, to spend all the dough on a TV show about herself, stop taking her meds and live in an Indian reservation casino.
The movie also stars James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack and Tim Robbins. The film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, is directed by Shira Piven (Jeremy Piven’s sister) and produced by Wiig, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, among others.
“Welcome to Me” hits theaters on May 1.
- Maane Khatchatourian
You may recall a few weeks back we brought you the leaked teaser for Kristen Wiig’s latest comedy, Welcome To Me, which was shortly thereafter taken down by the studio. Today, we bring you news of its return! Millennium Entertainment has now debuted the first official trailer for the dramedy, and you can check it out above.
Welcome To Me is directed by Shira Piven and written by Eliot Laurence. It follows Wiig’s borderline personality sufferer, Alice Klieg, who wins the lottery. Bypassing typical human desires when faced with the onset of mass wealth, Alice buys her own talk show. As her medical condition persists, the nature of her show sees her becoming something of a cult celebrity, whose show slowly rises in the TV rankings.
After having seen that preliminary leaked trailer – which may have been intended for industry usage and not public eyes – this latest version differs in tone. »
- Gem Seddon
Following its debut at the Toronto Film Festival last year, Blue Sky Media has released the first trailer for Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig. The actress plays Alice Klieg, who suffers from borderline personality disorder, and though she manages it, and the accompanying medications and therapeutic care, fairly well, past tumult has left a broken marriage and strained familial relationships in its wake. She finds grounding in her daily routine, which includes memorizing every episode of Oprah and carefully monitoring her wardrobe and protein-laden diet.
One can't help but get the sense that Alice is straining to embrace bigger things, and when her numbers come up in the state lottery, suddenly she gets focused... on eighty million dollars' worth of possibilities. In quick succession, Alice buys a stretch of hours at a local television company, eschews her medication and therapy, moves into a casino, and creates her own talk show about - what else? »
Coming out of "Saturday Night Live" and into the movie world is not an easy path (ask Joe Piscopo, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Norm MacDonald... you get the idea... ) but you have to admire how Kristen Wiig has used the opportunities that have landed in front of her. After the breakout smash "Bridesmaids," she resisted the idea of jumping into a sequel, and instead diversified with lots of indie pictures, hitting Sundance last month with two more ("Nasty Baby," "The Diary Of A Teenage Girl"). Oh sure, she's not adverse to big studio projects (hello, "Ghostbusters") but arguably, it's her work in smaller movies that's far more interesting. And so today comes another trailer for just one of those movies, "Welcome To Me." Directed by Shira Piven, and co-starring James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Alan Tudyk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and more, the story follows thirty-something, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What would you do if you won $86 million in the lottery? Well, if you're Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), you buy your own talk show in the hopes of becoming the next Oprah. Oh, you also quit taking your meds cold turkey, which is never a great idea. James Marsden, Wes Bentley, and Joan Cusack play some of her TV channel cohorts, with Tim Robbins as her shrink Dr. Moffat.
Although this is packaged like a comedy, and it's from Gary Sanchez Productions, it seems very likely that Alice's journey is going to go to a rather dark place. Wiig's known for her comedy chops, of course, but she's proven adept at drama as well, especially in last year's wrenching drama "The Skeleton Twins" with Bill Hader, and in the upcoming film "Diary of a Teenage Girl."
"Welcome to Me" will hit theaters May 1, 2015.
[Via Vulture] »
- Jenni Miller
Here’s an announcement that wins a fair few geek points just by telling you who’s involved – Greg Berlanti (one of Arrow and The Flash’s core writers and executive producers) will team up with Thor/Thor: The Dark World co-star and occasional Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. cameo-maker Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif, if you were wondering) for a new amnesia thriller called Blindspot.
As if you need more convincing, the set-up is thus: Jane Doe (Alexander) climbs out of a duffel bag with no memories and finds herself at the centre of an investigation in the middle of Times Square, New York. She’s covered in tattoos and entirely clueless about what’s going on. We’ve all been there, right? We're assuming she finds more than a few cringe-inducing »
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