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Eva Amurri Martino wanted three things to help bring her first child into the world: no drugs, a home birth, and her husband and mom by her side. When daughter Marlowe Mae Martino was born Aug. 9, she got them all."I just felt so lucky to have the kind of delivery that I wanted and that there were no complications," says the actress, 29, who lives in Los Angeles with husband Kyle Martino, 33, an NBC Sports analyst and former soccer star. But the birth didn't exactly go according to plan. Eva went into labor 11 days before her due date. She immediately called her mom, »
- Jennifer Garcia, @jengarciaallen
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
So why did The Last of Robin Hood leave me completely cold and even slightly disgusted?
This story about Flynn's last days and his relationship with Beverly Aadland, whom he met when she was 15, feels pointless and even occasionally dull. Perhaps it's meant to be another installment in a series of Realistic Portrayals of Stories from Hollywood Babylon, along with The Cat's Meow ... but that movie had style, humor and character depth that this movie lacks. Filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland portrayed teenage characters much more successfully in their previous feature, Quinceanera.
Dakota Fanning plays young Beverly, whom Flynn nicknames Woodsie, his "little wood nymph." He falls for her, she succumbs after an unbelievably rough start ... and more unbelievably, the »
- Jette Kernion
Scene is set for festival honour. Photo: Richard Mowe She has joined a female roll call of honour that ranges from Julianne Moore to Susan Sarandon. Jessica Chastain, 37, is the latest recipient of a tribute at the Deauville Festival of American Film where she graced the opening soirée (last night, September 5, 2014) before heading to Toronto Film Festival. Her career has featured high-profile performances in Take Shelter, The Tree Of Life, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby and Interstellar. Talking in the sumptuous surroundings of the Cartier Villa on the Normandy resort's sea front, she reveals an affinity with Isabelle Huppert and Liv Ullmann, concerns about internet exposure, and equality for women in Hollywood.
Q: When you look back at all the different characters you have played across all your films do you see any connections between them?
Jc: I definitely see links between them as strong women but I wonder. »
- Richard Mowe
Chicago – The term “in like Flynn” still gets used, when delusional dudes think they have the score. The saying is a product of former matinee idol Errol Flynn, whose tastes in young girls inspired the saying. Kevin Kline portrays him, and his tastes, in “The Last of Robin Hood.”
This is a decent character study – written and directed by the tandem of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland – but has no real dramatic arcs or mysteries solved. However, there is plenty of bizarre 1950s-style tabloid coverage to drink in, and Susan Sarandon is gunning for Meryl Streep’s stranglehold on playing woman character roles of a certain age. Her mother role is delicious, and gives her a chance to be drunk and disorderly. Kline is perfectly suited for the aging Errol Flynn, much as he portrayed the aging Cole Porter and Douglas Fairbanks in previous films. He has the old-timey star look and attitude, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon’s first mention in Variety was for a review of a 1969 production of Tom Stoppard’s “Albert’s Bridge” in D.C., alongside her then-husband, Chris. Those days, she recalls, laid the groundwork not just for her career as an actress on stage and screen, but also as a political activist.
What do you remember about that production?
I was in college! Judging from the review, I was particularly memorable. (Laughs.) I had fun working with Michael (Michael Cristofer, credited as Michael Procaccino at the time, who played Albert).
What was that era like?
I was working on the switchboard in the drama department at Catholic University when the riots and burning of D.C. happened, when Martin Luther King was assassinated. James Brown went on local TV and calmed everyone down. It was great to be there in the midst of all the war protests and Civil Rights demonstrations. »
- Tim Gray
In Bull Durham, Ron Shelton’s classic 1988 baseball movie, Kevin Costner’s sage journeyman catcher, Crash Davis, is sent to the low-level minors to mentor a flame-throwing knucklehead named Nuke Laloosh (Tim Robbins), who couldn’t hit water with his fastball if he fell out of a boat. One of them is on the fast-track to the big leagues, and the other is just trying to hang on for one more season of baseball—both of them are madly in love with a local Bulls’ groupie named Annie (Susan Sarandon).
On Sept. 3, Bull Durham the musical began a month of »
- Jeff Labrecque
As we bid goodbye to the Summer action blockbusters, we say hello once more to the serious slate of films looking to pick up award gold in the last few months of the year. And what better subject matter than the true story or the biographical or “bio-pic”? Maybe a good mix of the two, and since Hollywood enjoys celebrating itself why not tackle one of its greatest stars? Though not as highly merchandised today at contemporaries Bogart, Monroe, or Hepburn (either one), few stars shone as brightly in that golden age than Errol Flynn, king of the silver screen swashbucklers. Now Flynn was played by the similarly dashing Jude Law ten years ago in the Howard Hughes story, The Aviator. And previously he was parodied wonderfully by Peter O’Toole as Alan Swann in the raucous comic gem My Favorite Year in 1982 and by former Bond Timothy Dalton as »
- Jim Batts
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
After losing her job, husband and car in one day, Tammy Banks (McCarthy) wants out of her small town existence. With no money or transportation, her only way out is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon, The Greatest). Their misadventures and brushes with the law lead them on a funny and heartfelt road trip to remember.
A road trip to remember? Well, audiences committed the trip to their memory via a not-bad $85 million at the domestic box office. But critics tried to put the trip out of their heads, slamming it with a 4.1/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 153 published reviews.
Directed by Ben Falcone and also featuring appearances by »
It's 1985 and awkward 13-year-old Radford “Rad" Miracle (Marcello Conte) is in Maryland with his parents and snotty sister for a summer beach break. Things look up when he meets fellow hip-hop fan Teddy Fryy (Myles Massey), who brings him to the Fun Hub amusement centre and - more importantly - a ping pong table. He finds himself a natural but is going to need the help of former table tennis star Susan Sarandon - if he's going to win the big game and the heart of his big crush Stacy (Emmi Shockley). »
The Scorecard Review news
I missed Tammy while it was in theaters. Even though it didn’t receive great reviews, somehow I am excited. Nothing like low expectations to turn your view around.
Here is the news release about Tammy coming to Blu-ray on November 11.
Prepare for your holiday road trip when “Tammy” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on November 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Oscar® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) embark on an unforgettable highway adventure in “Tammy,” marking Ben Falcone’s directorial debut.
“Tammy” stars Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, alongside Allison Janney (“The Help”), playing Tammy’s world-weary mom, Deb; Gary Cole (TV’s “Veep”) as ladies’ man Earl; and Mark Duplass (HBO’s “Togetherness”) as his son, Bobby; with Dan Aykroyd (“The Campaign”) as Tammy’s dad, Don; and Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates (“Misery, »
- Jeff Bayer
Hide the kids because Warner Home Video is packing some extra minutes worth of Melissa McCarthy into the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release of the R-rated road trip comedy, Tammy. You'll be able to grab it in stores beginning November 11.
Tammy star McCarthy and Susan Sarandon in the story of a woman (McCarthy) whose recent misfortune leaves her with nothing to lose. She enlists her hard-partying grandmother (Sarandon) for the road trip of a lifetime that of course has a built-in heartfelt message to go along with the endless gags.
The extended cut of Tammy runs 96 minutes and can be found on the Blu-ray and Digital HD versions. DVD has to settle for the theatrical cut, which is also available on the aforementioned versions as an alternative.
The Blu-ray edition is a combo release with DVD and Digital, and includes all of the bonus features below. In fact, only »
Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep on Masters of Sex? Sounds good to us! "I think Meryl Streep and I should play a pair of sex therapists," says Allison Janney, who won an Emmy this year for her work on the Showtime series. "We can be like Helen Hunt's character in The Sessions. We can help people who can't have orgasms have orgasms. That would be pretty cool." (The Oscar-nominated The Sessions chronicled the real-life story of a poet paralyzed from polio who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.) Lizzy Caplan, who stars on Masters of Sex as Virginia Johnson, wants to book Susan Sarandon to play her mother. "Susan, be my mom!" Caplan said at BAFTA's Emmys »
Directed by Jason Stone
Written by Scott Abramovitch
Canadian culture has long been a topic of discussion among intellectuals simply because there are those who argue that it doesn’t really exist. Obviously there is a culture that those of us living in Canada experience, but it is difficult to ascribe a distinct Canadian nature to that culture since so much of it is almost directly adopted from our neighbors to the south.
There is one piece though, that does differ significantly between Canadians and Americans, religion. It doesn’t really matter what faith one practices in Canada, it is generally a very private thing. Popular culture is almost universally secular with the exception of the occasional political discussion. But even then, the rhetoric in discussions around abortion, same gender marriage, and physician assisted suicide never reach the same heights that they do in the Us.
- Mynt Marsellus
From filmmakers Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, The Last of Robin Hood tells the story of aspiring young actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) and her liaison with swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline). Their affair spanned the globe and was enabled by Beverly’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), until it all came crashing to an end in 1959, when it came to light. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, writer/directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer talked about what led them to this story, developing it for over 10 years, why they wanted to have Beverly’s involvement and blessing with the production, how special it was to develop a friendship with her, and why it was important to them not to be judgmental in telling this story. They also talked about why their partnership works so well, how excited they are to take their next film, »
- Christina Radish
A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.
With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.
1. Eight Men Out (1988)
John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.
Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »
If all the world’s stage, then surely some players crave the spotlight more than others. And if ever there was a player, it was Errol Flynn. The Last of Robin Hood tells the twisted story of three people who will do almost anything for fame. That each must settle for infamy is one of the juicy, yet unexplored ironies in a movie that doesn’t know which story it wants to tell. By taking an evenhanded and humanistic approach to such salacious subject matter, the filmmakers have effectively squashed any possibility for tawdry fun. Instead, we get a bone-dry historical drama that skimps on the history and bypasses the drama entirely.
For most casual moviegoers, the name ‘Errol Flynn’ means one of three things: absolutely nothing, Robin Hood, or the expression, “In like Flynn. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Dakota Fanning’s been busy. She’s been working steadily all her life, but in the past three years alone, she’s delivered Now Is Good, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Motel Life, Very Good Girls, Night Moves and now she’s got The Last of Robin Hood on the way, too. She stars in that one as Beverly Aadland, the young actress who winds up catching the eye of superstar Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline). Ultimately, she falls for him too and the two indulge in a passionate affair while Beverly’s mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), tags along to supervise. With The Last of Robin Hood making its way into select theaters on August 29th, we got the chance to sit down with Fanning and discuss how she’s been choosing her roles lately and what it was like jumping into this true story. Hit the jump to »
- Perri Nemiroff
Busy Signals: Stone’s Aptly Named Thriller Phones It In
There is not anything innately offensive about a really decent made-for-tv thriller, especially the type based on those ceaseless examples of books once referred to as dime store pulp fiction, juicy, hard boiled or even illogical. These types of mildly entertaining whodunits aren’t without a certain sense of craftsmanship either. But half their charm is that they’re on television, so they may seem a bit irritating if you had to pay to see them in the theater—and that’s concerning the really decent ones. It’s hard to say why writer/producer Jason Stone chose to adapt The Calling, the first in a series of mystery novels by Michael Redhill, published under the pseudonym of Inger Ash Wolfe. Adapted by screenwriter Scott Abramovitch, who has only written films for television previously, it’s a lukewarm endeavor a »
- Nicholas Bell
Beverly Center: Flynn’s Final Scandal Makes for Interesting Cinematic Footnote
It’s been eight years since Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s 2006 sophomore film, Quinceanera swept up the Audience and Grand Jury Prize awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The directing duo is back with a re-ignition of an old Hollywood scandal in The Last of Robin Hood, a glance at the final years of Errol Flynn and his romantic entanglement with a female minor. While the material is unerringly fascinating and features a trio of notable names, it’s a rendition that feels a bit too polished and hardly as seedy as it should be. It seems attempts have been made to assuage unnecessary heartache to the relatives of the ingénue at the center of this strange ménage-a-trois, and the resulting film seems a heavily polished reenactment too apprehensive to really get its hands dirty. Yet, the »
- Nicholas Bell
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