12 items from 2015
John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddy Highmore, Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall have joined Nick Hamm's political dramedy "The Journey" at Im Global. Colin Bateman penned the script and filming begins September 28th in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The story will focus on the improbable friendship between former sworn enemies Martin McGuinness (Meaney) and Ian Paisley (Spall) in a story that follows the two Northern Ireland political titans after the signing of the breakthrough St. Andrews Agreement in 2006. Stephens will play British Pm Tony Blair, Highmore a government employee, and Hurt an accomplished veteran political fixer. [Source: Variety]
Dave Bautista ("Guardians Of The Galaxy") is set to star opposite Jane Levy in Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott's action thriller "Bushwhack". The story follows 20-year-old Lucy (Levy) and war veteran Stupe (Bautista) during a domestic crisis as Texas tries to secede from the U.S., with NYC being used as a negotiation tool. »
- Garth Franklin
John Ortiz has locked down back to back film roles, starting with New Line Cinema’s upcoming comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff from a script by Theodore Melfi. Ortiz will play “Jesus,” a Mensa smart criminal who is socially responsible and deplores society's treatment of the elderly. He joins Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, along with Ann-Margret, Peter Serafinowicz, Joey King and Christopher Lloyd, in the remake of the 1979 classic. Donald De… »
Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from »
- Andre Soares
Production is now underway on location in New York City on the New Line Cinema comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff (“Garden State”) and starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”).
Freeman, Caine and Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
- Michelle McCue
Matt Dillon and legendary actress Ann Margret have joined the cast of Zach Braff's upcoming remake of Martin Brest's 1979 comedy"Going in Style" for New Line. Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine star as lifelong friends who decide to rob the bank that bilked them out of their hard-earned pensions.
Dillon will play the FBI agent pursuing the elderly trio, while Margret will play Arkin’s love interest. This will be Margret's first studio comedy since 2009's "Old Dogs". [Source: The Wrap]
Pitt stars as a four-star rock star U.S. general with Grace to play his civilian press adviser. David Michod penned and directs the project which Pitt, Dede Gardner, Ian Bryce and Jeremy Kleiner are producing. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood legend Ann-Margret has joined the cast of Zach Braff’s “Going in Style” remake as Alan Arkin’s love interest, TheWrap has learned. The duo previously shared the screen in “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” back in 2006. Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine star as lifelong friends who decide to rob the bank that bilked them out of their hard-earned pensions. Matt Dillon will play the FBI agent pursuing the elderly trio, while Joey King (Braff’s “Wish I Was Here”) will play Caine’s granddaughter. Also Read: Ann-Margret Joining 'Ray Donovan' The Ted Melfi »
- Jeff Sneider
By Lee Pfeiffer
One of the most rewarding byproducts of reviewing movies for a living is that you will often encounter some prominent gem that somehow managed to escape your attention previously. In certain cases, it's arguable that a film might well be more appreciated many years later than it was during its initial release. Such a case pertains to the 1965 crime drama Once a Thief. Directed by the under-rated Ralph Nelson, the film successfully invokes the mood and atmosphere of the classic black-and-white film noir crime thrillers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although this movie was widely credited as being Alain Delon's first starring role in an English language production, he was among the all-star cast seen the previous year in the big budget Hollywood production of The Yellow Rolls Royce. It is accurate to say, however, that Once a Thief afforded him his first opportunity to be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.
No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”
Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.
- Carmel Dagan
Burbank, Calif. May 19, 2015 – On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Blu-ray™ from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father’s Day. The Collection features two new-to-Blu-ray titles, The Train Robbers and Cahill U.S. Marshal plus fan favorites Fort Apache, The Searchers and a long-awaited re-release of Rio Bravo. The pocketbook box set will sell for $54.96 Srp; individual films $14.98 Srp.
Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from University of Southern California, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western, »
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“You’re in their country now,” Joan Holloway told Peggy Olson in Season 2 of "Mad Men," in the appropriately titled episode "Maidenform." “You want to be taken seriously? Stop dressing like a little girl.” Joan, Betty, Sally, Megan, Dawn, Jane, Margaret, Linda, Bobbie and pretty much every other woman on "Mad Men" endure wild swings in fashion, and sometimes with incredible taste. But despite her lack of knack, I've enjoyed watching Peggy's clothes -- and her arc -- most of all through all seven seasons of the AMC show. Through the professional touch of costume designer Janie Bryant, Peggy was a girl, then she was the only girl in a man's world, and now she is a woman. Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) wore a lot of jumpers, and plenty of plaid, evoking a schoolgirl, a crone, a teacher and a businessman, a melding of infantilization and the masculine. The jumpers have »
- Katie Hasty
There's a scene in the season-three episode of Mad Men "The Arrangements" where Don et al. present an ad for Patio, a diet soda. The ad is meant to mimic the opening of Bye Bye Birdie, where Ann-Margret wears a pert yellow dress and sings right into the camera. The ad is a moment-for-moment dead-on re-creation, and yet at the end of the presentation, the Patio executives look quizzically at the Sterling Cooper–ites and say they hate it. Don's stunned. "I don't think there's any ambiguity here about this being exactly — and I mean exactly — what you asked for." They admit it is, but they call it a "failure" anyway. No one can quite figure out what's wrong with the spot. And then Roger says, "It's not Ann-Margret." This is a long way of saying The Royals is not Ann-Margret.The show is a splashy soap set within a »
- Margaret Lyons
12 items from 2015
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