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The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
They say we don't go to outer space anymore. But Christopher Nolan is doing a pretty good job of faking it. It's October 2013, and we are on the set of code name Flora's Letter, a.k.a. Interstellar, an epic sci-fi adventure that represents the beginning of the director's post-Batman life. Working on the same soundstage where he once built a dank batty cave for Christian Bale to skulk in, the British-American helmer has constructed a starship to take Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway across the universe to find salvation for the human race. On screen that ship, the Endurance, »
- Jeff Jensen
Director: Steven Spielberg
In my lifetime, there hasn’t been a more influential and exciting film director than Steven Spielberg. He’s a man who’s managed to pluck at every heartstring, surprise with every creation, excites with continual fresh ideas and given some of the finest and most unforgettable cinema in modern movie history. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, available on Blu-ray today from Universal Pictures International Entertainment, is the first time they’ve collected eight of his best.
It begins with his first feature-length television movie Duel from 1971. The film is written by the legendary Richard Matheson and has a very basic premise but is still an effecting thriller to this day. Starring Dennis Weaver as an everyday travelling salesman, he’s heading back home on a long drive and unintentionally »
- Dan Bullock
Kevin Smith is actually directing an homage to Jaws, of sorts, currently titled Moose Jaws, which replaces a man-eating shark with a moose, which he wants to make as close as he can to the original Jaws, "without getting sued by Universal." That topic got the director thinking of the original Jaws, one of his favorite movies, and how much he would like to see Steven Spielberg direct another sequel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, when asked if he thinks the original will ever be rebooted.
"Yeah ... just probably not while Mr. Spielberg's around. But sooner or later, someone will be like, yeah, people are still afraid of sharks, right? And probably get to it. »
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Title: Casting By Director: Tom Donahue Featuring: Marion Dougherty, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, Jon Voight, Woody Allen Running time: 89 Minutes, Unrated, Available on DVD 09.16.14 Special Features: None This acclaimed documentary shines a light on one of the most under-appreciated professions in the film and television industry: The Casting Director. The pioneers of the profession were Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whom launched the careers of stars still working today. The Good:Any Cinemaphile or Hollywood history buff will love this documentary. There are so many celebrities [ Read More ]
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Adams plans to begin shooting in the spring and then move on to the thriller “Panama,” as recently reported by Variety. He’s faced with making $4.4 million in restitution as part of his sentence.
“Land of the Free” is inspired by a true story about an F.B.I. agent fighting demons from his past who combines forces with an enslaved Portuguese woman to shut down a notorious human trafficking ring.
Paquim drew upon her on own real-life kidnapping and fight to escape slavery and said she chose Adams because of his background.
“Few people can understand the horrors I went through, but, due to his own recent experience, Daniel understands,” she said. “I cannot imagine another director that »
- Dave McNary
Director Daniel Adams is seeking redemption and resumption of his Hollywood career — a year after being released from Massachusetts state prison for inflating expenses to obtain production tax credits.
“Directing is what I know how to do,” he told Variety. “I had a lot of time to think about that in jail.”
He’s attached to direct “Panama,” an action-thriller he co-wrote with William Barber about an ex-Marine hired in 1989 by a defense contractor to travel to Panama to complete an arms deal. In the process he becomes involved with the Nicaraguan Contras and the U.S. invasion of Panama, and learns an important lesson about the true nature of political power.
Barber is the producer and financer with Harris Tulchin as executive producer of the project. According to Adams, plans are for a budget in the $10 million-plus range with shooting tentatively set for early summer 2015 in Miami.
“I’m definitely not producing this time, »
- Dave McNary
Acute portrayals and nice performances by leads Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as best friends who pledge to lose their virginity before college, helps this mildly racy but ultimately innocuous teen sex film Very Good Girls stay a step or two above the exploitative premise to emerge as something almost worthwhile. Boyd Holbrook also gives more than the role calls for as the handsome street artist who becomes their would-be conquest. His role is believable and even brings out Fanning’s performance, delivering something that could have been icky, but remains tender and even a tad affecting. Olsen is good as well, but Fanning’s always seemed a lightweight before.
The problem with Very Good Girls (besides the 25-year old Ms. Olsen being far too old for this role) is that, despite the sexually tinged subject matter, the script is never fleshed out beyond what’s needed to service the plot. »
- Tom Stockman
Exclusive: Breakthrough Entertainment has launched sales in Toronto on marijuana laws documentary The Culture High, screening in the market.
The sales roster includes the caper Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss, which the company recently licensed to Eagle Films for the Middle East, One 2 See Movies for Benelux and Sky New Zealand and Vendetta for Australia and New Zealand.
Breakthrough is surging ahead with its production push and has signed a two-film deal with Lionsgate associate Grindstone Entertainment for Us distribution of family features Bark Ranger and Alpha Dogz: Pups United.
Duncan Christie directed Bark Ranger, which is in post and centres on a 12-year-old boy and his talking dog.
Guy Distad is currently shooting Alpha Dogz: Pups United, about a team of dogs out to foil a plot to sabotage the Youth World Cup.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
170 is the amount of days by which Adrien Brody (The Pianist) narrowly defeated Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) to become the Youngest Best Actor winner ever. Do you think both of them deserved their wins?
Adrien Brody (29) and Richard Dreyfus (30) are the 2 youngest Lead Actor winners
1977 Best Actor 2002 Best Actor Woody Allen, Annie Hall Adrien Brody, The Pianist Richard Burton, Equus Nicolas Cage, Adaptation Richard Dreyfus, The Goodbye Girl Michael Caine, The Quiet American Marcelo Mastroianni, A Special Day Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
The most hilarious thing about this statistic is that Adrien Brody is both the youngest Best Actor winner at 29 And the only twentysomething winner. Meanwhile "29" is actually the most common age to win Best Actress. These eight women all accomplished it and none of them were anywhere close to making a "youngest" list.
- NATHANIEL R
For people who get a real rush of adrenalin when they have a bet on a game or sports fixture that they’re watching, it’s great when you can find movies that have a similar theme in the plot.
Today, almost no-one places their bets in the traditional way; down at the bookies. You can bet on your computer or mobile, using one of the many different betting apps. For the more serious bettors amongst us, there are even specific betting trading apps like Betpractice score grid for football which help manage multiple markets at once.
How times have changed since the following movies were released – when the only way to place a bet was at the bookies, at the races or over the phone. For a bit of betting nostalgia, check out one of these movies.
Sports betting features in this 2003 movie; if only as a sub-plot. »
- David Agnew
Full of daft gags involving alien faux pas, the wacky show about the little twerp from the planet Ork was a perfect vehicle for the brilliant comedian's slapstick talents
In the late 70s and early 80s, aliens were forever visiting small-town America. That's why Richard Dreyfuss built mashed potato sculpture from his dinner prior to having a close encounter of the third kind, why 10-year-old Elliot found a cute extraterrestrial in his garden shed, why alien David Bowie tumbled into New Mexico, and why one night in 1978 two oversized eggs landed on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado.
One contained the late Robin Williams's Mork, just arrived from planet Ork in silver boots, matching gloves and jumpsuit he looked not so much cosmic refugee as reject from a Glitter Band audition. Mork had been dispatched to Earth ostensibly to get the poop on the denizens of this backward planet, but »
- Stuart Jeffries
It can be such a beautiful happening when the natural forces of humanity and the wild kingdom can get together and establish a sense of harmony in motion pictures. Also, it can be a compelling yet regrettable conflict as well when man and beast decide to collide in the interest of big screen entertainment. Whatever the case may be certainly does not matter because the concept of beasts of all species (rather it be of the four-legged or two-legged variety) collectively clashing or cooperating sends a special message about triumph, tragedy and just plain tenderness.
In Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies we will look at some of the best selections where man and animal co-exist whether it be in calmness or chaos. There is no doubt that one can come up with numerous top ten lists detailing their ideal man-animal themes in cinema. The struggle for »
- Frank Ochieng
An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn’t worth the hassle. Say what? I’m “biast” (pro): love Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning; we need to see this premise more
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Very boring girls, more like. I really wanted to like this tale of two best friends, Lilly (Dakota Fanning: Night Moves) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen: Godzilla), in New York City about to go off to different colleges and fretting about the fact that they’re both still virgins. I mean, that’s not really a big deal, even if they’ve convinced themselves that they’re the last sexless dorks on the planet, but okay: guy characters get these sorts of movies all the time. And this is as tedious as most of the guy versions. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Boyfriend Experience: Foner’s Directorial Debut a Derivative Shard
Screenwriter Naomi Foner makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls, though her preceding reputation makes this sedimentary, uninspired film even more surprising. Mother of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Foner penned several of ex-husband Stephen Gyllenhaal’s more notable titles, such as Losing Isaiah (1995) and A Dangerous Woman (1993). Considering the authoritative, complicated, and resilient female characters portrayed famously by the likes of Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, and Debra Winger, this trifling and tedious story of a late adolescent friendship tested by mutual attraction to the same boy seems born from the pen of a novice writing about her only familiar focal point,
In New York City during their last summer before going away to college, best friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) vow to lose their virginity. Gerri has her eyes set on David (Boyd Holbrook), who »
- Nicholas Bell
Very Good Girls is a coming-of-age story starring two of the most talented young actresses out there today, so why is it so very hard to like? Almost nothing works in this limp excuse for a drama, from the contrived story to the clichéd characters to the awkward costume design. Even Elizabeth Olsen, horribly miscast, and Dakota Fanning, so vacant she appears translucent, can’t keep such a leaky vessel afloat.
Among Very Good Girls‘ many sins, perhaps the most glaring is that it feels like a movie written for teenagers by an adult who knows nothing about them. In the very first scene, high school seniors and lifelong friends Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Olsen) strip down at a public beach in broad daylight and run naked into the waves. I don’t know why. I don’t think writer-director Naomi Foner knows why. The film is filled with bizarre decisions like that, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
There's a great scene in Jaws... actually, every scene in Jaws is a great scene. However, one of our favorite, quieter moments comes when Quint (Robert Shaw) finishes drinking a beer and then crushes the can with one hand. Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) in turn makes a show of chugging his water and crushing the tiny plastic cup in his hand. Well now, thanks to a small brewery from Rhode Island, you can honor this scene with historical accuracy. For this summer only, Narragansett Beer is rereleasing its can design from 1975 that was used in the movie*. And not only that, but the company is using proceeds from the sales of these cans to support shark conservation by sponsoring a satellite tag to help researchers track a shark, as well as a tracking buoy...
- Peter Hall
Steven Spielberg is quite often the first name that springs to mind when somebody mentions the word Hollywood, as the man is responsible for some of the most ground-breaking and truly memorable movie moments since the birth of celluloid. With that in mind, here at We Got This Covered we were very pleased to get wind of the fact that a box set dedicated to the director’s immeasurable impact on cinema is set to be released on Blu-Ray. Quite frankly, we couldn’t be more excited.
Why, you ask? Well, when you think of Spielberg, what films do you think of? E.T? Jaws? Jurassic Park? The list goes on and on for the three time Academy award-winning director – so much, in fact, that you could probably fill plenty more box-sets with the man’s work. But that is not the reason we’ve gotten a little giddy. No, »
- Dale Barham
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