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On a sunny afternoon during the Tribeca Film Festival, directors Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them, starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church); Aaron Katz (Land Ho!); Amy Berg (Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Nate Parker); Adam Rapp (Loitering With Intent with Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell) and Stephen Belber (Match, starring Patrick Stewart), gathered for a Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper - Adaptation & Creation panel.
Sidney Lumet's Twelve Angry Men, Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, Uli Edel's Last Exit To Brooklyn, Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story and Dead Man Walking, directed by Tim Robbins, were cited as important adaptations of literary works to cinema. And Whit Stillman writing »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
April 14 is Ex-Spouse Day, a special time to reminisce about the one person you're probably sick of thinking about. Here's another option: Instead of ruminating on personal relationship pitfalls, reflect on the wild world of celebrity breakups. From conscious uncouplings to legal brawls, stars' separations are often dramatic. There are various ways for a celeb to turn a main squeeze into a former fling - the dreaded text message send-off included. In remembrance of Hollywood's exes, here are six recurring types of celebrity splits. Where do you and your ex fit? The "Uncool"The Breakup: Taken from Jennifer Aniston's post-split dig at Angelina Jolie, »
- Kelli Bender
Aasif Mandvi is expanding his role on the new HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink. The Daily Show correspondent has a co-starring role on the show, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. In addition to that, he now will serve as a writer/co-producer on the series. Additionally, his memoir No Man’s Land, an account of a second-generation immigrant’s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly confusing world, will be published in October. Related: 2014 HBO Pilots Written by former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It can’t be easy as a working actress in Hollywood where, save a few notable exceptions, women are pigeonholed into convenient, one-dimensional archetypes – virgin, vixen, vessel, victim, villain – eventually condemned to onscreen marriages and partnerships with men two decades their senior and then flung into an oubliette when they themselves have the temerity to age.
Laura Linney is one among an increasing number of shrewd professionals who have built a carrier from subverting these supporting roles and using them as stepping stones to leading lady status. To coincide with the DVD release of the fourth and final season of The Big C we are showcasing six of her performances
Annabeth Markum – Mystic River (2003)
Clint Eastwood’s film of Dennis Lehane’s Boston crime noir novel is a singular and powerful film which examines the ripple effect of child abduction in a blue collar neighbourhood, across three lives and twenty five years. »
- Emily Breen
Exclusive: Jay Roach first got in business with HBO as a director and producer of the network’s 2008 movie Recount, about the aftermath of the 2000 U.S. presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, which earned him two Emmy Awards and led to another Emmy-winning HBO movie, Game Change, and an overall deal with the pay cable network. Now Roach is teaming with Gore’s daughter, author-screenwriter Kristin Gore, for a half-hour comedy series project at HBO. Written by Gore, Women In Space follows a group of women exploring the final frontier on a mission to colonize another planet. Gore and Roach executive produce. Women In Space is part of Roach’s deal at HBO, which has yielded a new series, upcoming comedy The Brink starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. A former editor of The Harvard Lampoon, Gore has written for Saturday Night Live and Futurama. She »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
He has been Gwyneth Paltrow's mentor for quite some time. Chris Martin also admits he has helped him a "great deal." But Dr. Habib Sadeghi and his wife Dr. Shahrzad "Sherry" Sami's philosophies are not only known to Paltrow and Martin, who put the two doctors' "conscious uncoupling" concept front and center when they announced their decision to separate after 10 years of marriage on Tuesday. In Dr. Sadeghi's book Within, released on Jan. 1, other celebrities - including Emily Blunt, Stella McCartney and Tim Robbins - attest to his fresh approach in healing the mind, body and soul. In the book's foreword, »
- Raha Lewis
The Rev John Hale, looking back ruefully on his involvement in the Salem witch trials, wrote: "Such was the darkness of that day … that we walked in the clouds, and could not see our way." The outbreak of paranoia and legal proceeding that began in Salem, Massachusetts, in early 1692 led to the execution, principally by hanging, of 20 men and women.
A playwright's job is, in a sense, to pierce the clouds that obscure human motive and behaviour. It may not be surprising, then, that dramatists have repeatedly mined the Salem panic, which caused the imprisonment of as many as 150 people, according to one count. Instigated by girls and young women who claimed to be suffering torments inflicted by witchcraft, the crisis famously found its way to the stage in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama »
- Celia Wren
"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long," muses Dr Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner. This statement doesn't apply to a startling list of classic movies that faded fast at the box office on initial release, but whose flames have been burning with more intensity as the years have passed...
Blade Runner (1983)
Budget: $28 million
Box office: $33.7 million (including re-releases)
While androids dream of electric sheep, accountants must have endured hellish nightmares in the aftermath of Blade Runner's dismal run at the box office in the summer of 1982. An opening weekend of barely $6 million (£3.61 million) was attributed to an ill-conceived advertising campaign, the competition of Et for bums on seats and a mixed reception from viewers who felt stunned by the imagery but alienated by the narrative.
It's hard not to wonder whether the film would have fared better if the studio had faith in director Ridley Scott's original vision, »
Madrid – Benicio Del Toro, Olga Kurylenko and Tim Robbins head an all-star cast in Fernando Leon’s much-anticipated next feature A Perfect Day, set to be one of the hottest titles in Spain this year. Reposado and Mediapro will produce the war zone-set film in collaboration with Spanish pubcaster Tve, with WestEnd Films handling international sales. Shooting starts next week in southern Spain. Well-liked Spanish director Leon -- whose Mondays in the Sun (starring Javier Bardem as an unemployed Spaniard), Barrio and Princesses, earned him critical acclaim on the international festival circuit -- rounds out the cast with
- Pamela Rolfe
Madrid – London-based WestEnd Films will handle world sales rights outside Spain on Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day,” starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and “Mystic River,” and Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Fedja Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”).
Just announced (Variety, March 12), “A Perfect Day” marks the sixth fiction feature of a distinguished Spanish director who has attracted high-profile thesps, and won critical plaudits and often a large audience and international sales through films – “Barrio,” Javier Bardem-starrer “Mondays in the Sun,” “Princesses” – which feature a careful delineation of singular, robust individuals reacting, often with hangdog humor, to specific, often troubled social contexts.
“A Perfect Day” – on which pubcaster Tve has taken free-to-air Spanish TV rights – is no exception, turning on a group of aid workers in a conflict zone »
- John Hopewell
Known for his portraits of people and connection to their employment such as Princesas (or unemployment via Mondays in the Sun), Fernando Leon de Aranoa is perhaps moving into a terrain that was touched upon with Danis Tanovic’s No Man’s Land. Variety reports that the filmmaker has managed to package an international ensemble cast comprised of Melanie Thierry, Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Fedja Stukan for his English language debut going by the commonly used title of A Perfect Day. Production begins this month in Granada, Spain with Mediapro and Leon de Aranoa’s Reposado Producciones producing. Javier Mendez and Patricia de Muns are exec-producing.
Gist: Based on Paula Farias’s novel titled “Dejarse Llover”, this is about a motley group of aid workers in a conflict zone have divergent takes on their profession and the state they’re in. Sophie (Thierry) still wants to help people, »
- Eric Lavallee
Madrid — Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko will star in conflict-zone drama “A Perfect Day,” the English-language debut of Fernando Leon de Aranoa, one of Spain’s most reputable and popular auteurs.
The Spanish producer of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris” and Isabel Coixet’s “The Secret Life of Words,” which toplined Tim Robbins, Mediapro will team with Reposado Producciones, Leon de Aranoa’s label, to produce “Day.” It marks their fourth feature co-production. Jaume Roures and Leon de Aranoa produce; Javier Mendez and Patricia de Muns exec-produce.
Rolling for 10 weeks in and around Granada, southern Spain, from March 17, “A Perfect Day” is a drama laced with large humor and tension, both of which come with the territory, »
- John Hopewell
Men's fashion can be pretty boring. But unless you're Tinie Tempah, it's best to stick to classic black tie
Is it ever possible for men to get "creative" with black tie and not look like douchebags?
Guy, via Twitter
I like how you put "creative" in hesitant quote marks, Guy, because that strongly suggests that you know the answer to this question already and that answer is "no". Now, I wouldn't go so far as to call them "douchebags", but attempts to experiment with the tux are either, at best, a bit silly, or, at worst, downright teeth-grating. Basically, any time a man tries to break out of the black-and-white prison, he ends up with what we in the fashion business call "a strong look", which is a euphemism for either "a terrible look" or "basically a costume that you're going to have to justify wearing all evening". I'll get »
- Hadley Freeman
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
Put a bird on your television set, because the new season of Portlandia starts Thursday night. Created by former Saturday Night Live star and current Late Night with Seth Meyers bandleader Fred Armisen, rock-and-roller Carrie Brownstein and director Jonathan Krisel, the quirky sketch-comedy show returns for a fourth season of fun at 10/9c on IFC. Set in a world inspired by Portland, Ore., the show is filled with eccentric characters, primarily played by Armisen and Brownstein outfitted in an assortment of wigs and costumes that rivals the collection owned by the Soviet spies on The Americans. The residents of Portlandia include feminist bookstore owners, »
- Melissa Locker
Widely billed as “the gay man’s answer to Girls,” HBO’s new comedy Looking premiered to a disappointing 338,000 viewers back in January, which immediately threw its future on the premium cable network into jeopardy. However, the network clearly likes what it’s seen so far from the comedy, which is about three gay men on the search for love in modern-day San Francisco.
Ratings are rarely the main factor in a channel like HBO choosing to axe a show, but once you factor in HBO Go and replays, Looking has been on the rise, with a score of 2 million weekly viewers. Plus, its most recent episode improved on the premiere with 519,000 viewers. More importantly, Looking has received a positive reception from critics, many of whom have praised the acting of the main cast members.
- Isaac Feldberg
File under, “Love This!”
She even gave The Academy a shout out over on Twitter:
Big news!!! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy for inviting me to perform on the #Oscars on March 2nd!! #holycow
— P!nk (@Pink) February 21, 2014
Holy cow is right!
“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”
- Michelle McCue
Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the 86th Annual Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
"We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."
Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single "Just Give Me A Reason" from her 2012 album "The Truth About Love." The song was her eighth to reach No. »
With the 2014 Academy Awards coming soon, Indiewire has assembled a series of lists featuring Oscar-winning films that can be streamed online. The latest addition to the series is the Best Supporting Actor category, which has been awarded to performers featured in an eclectic scope of films ranging from big-budget blockbusters ("The Dark Night," "The Fugitive") to intimate critical darlings ("Beginners," "Little Miss Sunshine"). Check out these 16 films that earned Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and that are currently streaming online on a number of platforms (SnagFilms, Netflix and Amazon Prime): Mystic River (2003) - Tim Robbins Traffic (2000) - Benicio Del Toro The Cider House Rules (1999) - Michael Caine Affliction (1998) - James Coburn Read More: Stream 17 Oscar-Winning Best Actress Performances Online The Usual Suspects (1995) - Kevin Spaceyn Goodfellas (1990) - Joe Pesci A Fish Called Wanda (1988) - Kevin Kline The Untouchables (1987) - Sean Connery Terms of »
- Ziyad Saadi
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