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Twenty-five years later and Steel Magnolias still makes us a cry.
The dramedy may have premiered in November 1989, but a quarter of a century later, you still won't find a better film that epitomizes the power of female friendship.
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An adaptation of Robert Harling's successful stage play, Herbert Ross gathered a star-studded cast for the film. Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and then newcomer Julia Roberts starred as a group of brassy Southern women who are bonded by the comedy and tragedy of life while hanging at a local hair salon.
Today, Steel Magnolias is a touchstone among women and has long been considered one of the best "chick flicks" of all time. But at the film’s premiere that same year, MacLaine felt the film was as much for men as it was for women.
"To say it’s a women's film I don’t think »
On Nov. 15, 1989, the Herbert Ross-directed dramedy Steel Magnolias opened in theaters across the U.S. Based on Robert Harling's successful stage play and starring Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, and a promising young actress named Julia Roberts, it told the story of six Southern women who bonded over the comedy and tragedy life dealt them while hanging out at the local small-town hair salon. Today, Steel Magnolias is considered a classic of that certain genre of films tailored to and marketed toward female audiences—“chick flicks.” In fact, the Wikipedia entry for “chick »
- Ashley Fetters
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the bizarre rumours coming out of Sony for the next film in the Spider-Man franchise, an update on next year’s Fantastic Four reboot and a big treat for Evil Dead fans!
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…features returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, »
- Oli Davis
Back in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, she was accused of being a "laundry sheriff." Then came rumors that Peter Parker.s Aunt May (played by Sally Field in these new movies) might be getting her own solo standalone movie . a prequel that would explore May.s past while also helping Sony retain the rights to the Spider-Man characters and franchise. The Internet, um, lit up in response to that speculation. But the studio.s tossing cold water on that raging Web fore before it goes too far. When reached for comment on the possible Aunt May movie, a source at Sony told Comic Book Resources that the story is a "silly rumor" that has "no validity whatsoever." Could that be more smoke and mirrors? Is it possible that Latino-Review, which first reported the story, got it wrong? Or is an Aunt Man movie only one of many possibilities in play »
In news that no one really saw coming, reports are circulating that Spider-Man's Aunt May is getting her own movie. Yes, the one played by Sally Field in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. The film, produced by Sony, would center on a young Aunt May, before she takes on the responsibility of raising a young boy who eventually becomes a human spider/hero. That means this movie wouldn't have Spider-Man. According to Latino Review, "The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC's Mad Men." What? What do you think, fans? Is this something you want? »
Sony continues to make it painfully obvious that they have no clue what to do next in terms of their Amazing Spider-Man franchise. While they claim to be moving forward with The Sinister Six next, which is planned for a 2016 release date, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018, we've also heard that an all-female spinoff featuring various characters from the Spider-Man universe is in the works. Though nothing is set in stone just yet. Now comes word from Latino Review that Sony is also planning to move forward with an Aunt May Spy movie that does not include the Spider-Man character at all.
It sounds as though Sony is desperately grasping at straws in order to keep their Amazing Spider-Man franchise locked at the studio, with Marvel hungry to get their character back before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018 (the same year as Peter Parker's new adventure). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
If anyone thought that Sony Pictures still had the ability to save The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, you may want to sit down for this. It's no secret that the studio has been struggling with The Amazing Spider-Man as the comic book movie series hasn't been nearly as successful as they hoped. Is it fatigue with Spider-Man, or has Sony just not done anything good enough for fans who have seen what Marvel Studios can do with their superheroes? It's tough to say definitively, but an idea that's being developed at the studio proves that they have absolutely no idea what they're going to do with the property beyond Spider-Man. There have been rumblings of a female-led Spider-Man universe movie (the latest includes a team-up of female Spider-Man universe characters codenamed Glass Ceiling), but Latino Review has heard that Sony Pictures has been developing a movie focused on Aunt May (recently »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony’s got Sinister Six and Venom on the way and possibly that rumored all-female Spider-Man team-up movie too, but apparently that’s not all the studio is working on within the Spider-Man realm. It’s being reported that Sony is also trying to put together an Aunt May movie as well. Yes, Aunt May. But not Sally Field’s Aunt May. Should this be the real deal, the Aunt May spinoff film would cover the character’s younger years. Perhaps the studio really is kicking around the idea, but it’s hard to imagine Sony committing to a Spider-Man project with such a wildly different tone and, presumably, a lack of super-powered characters, too. Hit the jump from more. According to Latino Review, this Aunt May movie would be an espionage story “in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men.” The outlet also notes the similarity between that idea »
- Perri Nemiroff
Sony Pictures is rumoured to be working on an Amazing Spider-Man spinoff starring Aunt May.
The studio is developing an 'espionage' story about May Parker in her youth, according to Latino Review.
Sony has promised a female-led superhero movie, which has been assumed to feature Spider-Woman or Black Cat.
Marvel Comics recently reprinted Mark Millar, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson's infamous 2003 miniseries Trouble, which centred around the young May Parker and revealed that she was really Spider-Man's biological mother.
The next film in the Sony series will be Sinister Six, which is scheduled for release on November 11, 2016. »
Hate to say it, but we called this about a year ago. Okay, we were joking around, but it would seem there are no bad ideas over at Sony, just new ways to irritate Spider-Man fans, and this may be their most incomprehensible move yet (if it's true). According to Latino Review, Sony is working on an Aunt May spinoff movie. And sorry, it won't be a Sally Field-led vehicle (which, if they're going to do this, it should be, because she rules). Instead, this will follow Aunt May before she becomes guardian of Peter Parker, and will somewhat bafflingly be an "espionage story." Uh, we're not sure whether to laugh or cry. Hey, Hollywood? Not everything needs an origin tale. Granted, this is just a rumor and may not be true at all. Sure, Sony maybe be seriously rethinking what to do with their "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Felicity Jones signed on for a mysterious role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 back in January 2013, many believed she was playing Felicia Hardy, a.k.a. Black Cat. The actress then dropped a few hints that she was playing Black Cat leading up to The Amazing Spider-Man 2's release this May. We did learn that her character's name is Felicia, although it was never confirmed if she is Felicia Hardy or simply different character. During an interview with GQ for her new film The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones claims that she would love to play Black Cat, although it doesn't seem to be set in stone by any means.
"Being vacuum-packed into a leather suit, doing backflips?! I'd love that. Can you start a petition for me?"
After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn't perform quite so well at the box office, the franchise is going in a different direction, »
Spoiler alert: The Oct. 28 episode of Sons of Anarchy, "The Separation of Crows," found Jax searching for the rat and deciding how to handle Marks' demands for Bobby's return. Charles Murray, the co-executive producer who directed the episode, spoke to EW about key scenes. EW: Let's start with Bobby's sitdown with Moses in his cell. That was beautifully shot, with the light coming from above and the camera coming from below at times to capture the smoke rising off Moses' cigarette. What was the inspiration? Murray: I love noir and black-and-white movies. In a lot of WWII films, when hostages were taken, »
- Mandi Bierly
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
Two time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon turns 75 today. Since we don't like any major actresses to totally fade from public consciousness when they stop working, let's look back. Though her last working year was 2007 her most recent high profile gig goes back much further to a SAG nomination as part of the ensemble of Magnolia (1999, pictured left) in which she played wife and mother to Phillip Baker Hall and Melora Walters.
Though she'd been working for a decade before it in small parts (TV guest gigs and improvisational comedy) her first real claim-to-fame came as "Memphis Sue" Woody Guthrie's wife in the Best Picture nominated bio Bound for Glory (1976). She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Acting Debut" (a now long defunct category) even though it wasn't her debut. Dillon's breakout led to bigger parts and two well-regarded Oscar nominations though curiously the Globes, who had first honored her, »
- NATHANIEL R
Steve Martin has been named recipient of the highly prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented June 4th and aired on TNT and later on sister network TCM. After generally reserving this coveted prize to actors and directors who made their mark in dramatic films this is second time in the past three years that the American Film Institute has decided to lighten things up by giving their award to a person who made their mark in comedy. And it has paid off. Mel Brooks got the honor in 2013 and it resulted not only in a hilarious and memorable evening, it got higher ratings and brought the AFI special its first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special in August. But Martin is the first recipient who actually started and made their reputation as a stand up comic. And his films beginning with The Jerk and continuing with such modern comedy »
- Pete Hammond
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
The summer movie season is finally behind us, and, as far as box office receipts go, it was one of the worst in recent memory. Kicking off the season was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which earned $202.8 million domestically and $708 million worldwide, both tallies less than its predecessor The Amazing Spider-Man's domestic ($262 million) and worldwide ($757.9 million) totals.
While doing press for his new drama 99 Homes at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield fired back at critics for their negative response to the film, hinting that studio interference may have lead to the sequel's lackluster box office performance and its bad reaction from many reviewers and fans alike.
"It's interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script »
Ahead of its release in UK cinemas, we talk to the director and writer of the funniest film of the year, Pride. It's one of the best, too.
Regular readers will know that we've been banging the drum for the film Pride for a little while now. It's a fabulous comedy, whose laughs are as fierce as its politics, and it arrives in UK cinemas this Friday.
In advance of that, we chatted to its director Matthew Warchus (returning to cinema for the first time since 1999's Simpatico) and writer Stephen Beresford. Both come from a theatre background (Warchus is taking over from Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic next, and his hugely impressive theatre credits include the Matilda musical), and both were in fine form when we met them...
What particularly intrigued me about Pride is why you chose to tell such an unusual story this way. And I »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.
Directed by Marc Webb.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.
When atrocities threaten New York, Spider-Man must protect the citizens of New York and his loved ones before New York’s heart befalls into tragedy.
Despite helping to change the face of the superhero movie in 21st century Hollywood, the Spider-Man franchise died before our very eyes, delighting and enthralling before crashing and burning. The best intentions of director Sam Raimi notwithstanding, Spider-Man 3 failed, even if it was the franchises’ highest grosser. While many blamed the excess of villains and characters, which led to a horribly disjointed script, it was the studio’s insistence on things (namely Venom) that ultimately derailed our friendly neighbourhood Spidey. Now, 10 years since Spider-Man 2 »
- Scott Davis
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