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10 items from 2016


Keanu Reeves Goes to Court In Japanese Trailer for ‘The Whole Truth’

5 February 2016 11:21 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now, we do admit that a Keanu Reeves-led legal thriller that’s been scheduled to open on the other side of the planet before getting so much as U.S. distribution is a dicey proposition, expectations-wise – but we also love the actor and notice there’s a decent supporting pedigree, and I, myself, think titles of this particular mold are in short supply nowadays. What’s the worst that could happen?

We might have some idea when The Whole Truth opens in Japan at March’s end. Frozen River director Courtney Hunt is following her acclaimed 2008 feature with this project, which sees Reeves portray a lawyer defending a man who killed his father — himself the lawyer’s former client. You won’t glean much of that from the first preview, which is both short and filled with Japanese voiceover, so take this as a reminder that something of potential value, »

- Nick Newman

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Janis: Little Girl Blue – a heartfelt account of a remarkable talent

1 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With no starry, big-budget biopic in sight, Amy Berg’s new Janis Joplin doc is an insightful reminder of a vivid yet complex figure

Hollywood’s long-promised, big-budget Janis Joplin biopic has been in the pipeline for what seems like 30 years now. And it never happens. I bet there’s been a Janis movie on the docket of one studio or another ever since the day she died in October 1970. The most recent projects have at one time or another attracted stars such as Amy Adams, Renée Zellweger and Zooey Deschanel. Pink has been slated to play her, as was the late, great Brittany Murphy at one time. Directors such as Catherine Hardwicke, Fernando Meirelles, Jean-Marc Vallée and Lee Daniels have been attached, only to pull out months or years later. In memory, she remains frozen in a kind of mish-mash of 1974 concert documentary Janis, Monterey pop festival and Woodstock footage, »

- John Patterson

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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

31 January 2016 2:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »

- Andre Soares

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From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

21 January 2016 9:49 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:

Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!

Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon

Street Date: February 2, 2016

Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98

Program Description

Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »

- Derek Anderson

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What the Critics’ Choice Awards Can Tell Us About Oscar

18 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.

Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller took home the night’s best director award, »

- Patrick Shanley

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 20-11

9 January 2016 4:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.

courtesy of totalfilm.com 20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Tom Hanks had been the leading man in romantic comedies before (e.g. Splash). But the same year he took home his first Oscar (Philadelphia), he also starred opposite Meg Ryan in this »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

9 January 2016 4:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.

#30. Bull Durham (1988)

Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »

- Joshua Gaul

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Renée Zellweger Returns to the U.K. to Film Bridget Jones's Baby - and Get Her Groove On! See the Festive Pic

8 January 2016 9:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Renée Zellweger is back to work. After spending the winter holiday stateside, Zellweger has returned back to the U.K. to continue filming the highly anticipated Bridget Jones's Baby. The actress was spotted in character on the set of Bridget Jones's Baby on Wednesday - and Jones is letting loose. Zellweger, 44, was seen filming on a set meant to be a recreation of a British Summer Music festival at the famous Glastonbury fields. She was dressed casually for the day of music and dancing, wearing white jeans with a black jacket - and judging by her slim figure, this scene »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Renée Zellweger Returns to the U.K. to Film Bridget Jones's Baby - and Get Her Groove On! See the Festive Pic

8 January 2016 9:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Renée Zellweger is back to work. After spending the winter holiday stateside, Zellweger has returned back to the U.K. to continue filming the highly anticipated Bridget Jones's Baby. The actress was spotted in character on the set of Bridget Jones's Baby on Wednesday - and Jones is letting loose. Zellweger, 44, was seen filming on a set meant to be a recreation of a British Summer Music festival at the famous Glastonbury fields. She was dressed casually for the day of music and dancing, wearing white jeans with a black jacket - and judging by her slim figure, this scene »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Golden Globes: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Awards Ceremony

8 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery.

Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television. Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. With Ricky Gervais set to reprise his hosting duties this weekend, here are 25 things you need to know about the Globes.

1. Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign-market journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (then called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association) held its first awards ceremony the following spring, as a luncheon at 20th Century Fox. Instead of trophies, the winners took home scrolls.

2. The next year, the »

- Moviefone Staff

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