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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions. Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with). And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest. There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room. But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster. Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter's Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Farrell stars as Peter Lake, who came to America on a model boat, and was brought into a life of thievery by Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe »
- Andre Dellamorte
4th Update, August 18, 7:58 Am: Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, waived his right for an arraignment early this morning and has entered a not guilty plea to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old assistant camera assistant Sarah Jones. She died on the first day of shooting the picture in Georgia, on February 20, after a train hit a metal bed that was placed on the tracks to film a dream sequence. Several others were injured by flying debris. Sedrish, director Randall Miller and Miller’s wife/producer Jody Savin were all criminally charged in the matter. Miller and Savin entered not guilty pleas last month.
Sedrish’s not guilty plea, which was entered early this morning to the Superior Court of Wayne County by his attorney John Ossick, comes only a week after the U. »
- Anita Busch and Jen Yamato
Kill the Messenger
Webb was a reporter investigating a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic in the Us and how profits were being used by the CIA to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. [Source: Flicks and Bits]
Blake Lively plays a young woman who mysteriously stopped aging long ago and finds the courage to begin living fully. Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew and Kathy Baker also star. [Source: Screen]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Actor Wesley Snipes revealed in a recent podcast interview with Empire Magazine that, at one time, he was going to make an appearance in »
- Garth Franklin
Brosnan plays the so-called Sun King, whose quest for immortality is challenged by his daughter after he captures and steals the life-force of a mermaid.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Brosnan plays the so-called Sun King, whose quest for immortality is challenged by hisn daughter after he captures and steals the life force of a mermaid, only to be
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Paramount will release the film on April 10, 2015.
The story follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality that leads him to capture and steal the life force of a mermaid. But Louis’ plans are complicated by his daughter, who befriends the creature and defies the most powerful monarch on earth.
International sales are being handled by Good Universe.
- Justin Kroll
Paramount Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to The Moon and The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan as King Louis Xiv in a tale of how the French monarch tries to achieve immortality by stealing the life force from a mermaid. The studio is slating the historical fantasy for a wide release on April 10, 2015. The cast also includes William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan. Sean McNamara has directed the film from the novel same name by Vonda N. McIntyre, with a script by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Bill Mechanic and Barry Berman, Harrington,
- Gregg Kilday
“The Moon and the Sun” is set for an April 10, 2015 release, Paramount announced Friday. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre's historical fantasy romance novel stars Pierce Brosnan as King Louis Xiv. Also read: ‘The November Man’ Review: Pierce Brosnan's Aging Spy Can't Save This Double-0 Dud The Sean McNamara-directed film centers around the King's quest for immortality, part of which includes stealing the life force from a mermaid played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (“X-Men: Days of Future Past.”) William Hurt co-stars as Pere La Chaise, a character who didn't appear in McIntyre's Nebula Award-winning novel. It »
- Travis Reilly
Paramount has locked U.S. distribution on period fantasy adventure The Moon And The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 Nebula Award-winning novel follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality as he captures and tries to steal the lifeforce of a mermaid, a quest complicated when his daughter befriends the creature. William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan also star in the film helmed by Soul Surfer‘s Sean McNamara, which Paramount has slotted for April 10 against Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. Pandemonium Films’ Bill Mechanic (Coraline) brought the pic to Paramount and produced alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell. Script is by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Mechanic, and Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass. Good Universe is handling international sales.
- Jen Yamato
There are two sides to every love story. And Ned Benson will tell both in this fall’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which will hit the multiplex in three different versions. In October, we’ll see The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, two separate movies which tell the story of the relationship between Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) first from Conor’s perspective, then from Eleanor’s. Before that, though, a condensed version titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them will arrive in September.
Though my preference is going to be for Benson’s original duology, the way he intended the movie to be viewed, all three films will undoubtedly be must-sees this fall. Now, an international trailer for Him and Her has arrived, utilizing split-screen to directly compare the two narratives. Check it out below.
- Isaac Feldberg
An international The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them trailer has been released.
The project centres around the rocky relationship between a couple.
Ned Benson's two films tell the story from both characters' perspectives. Them uses split screen elements to combine the movies.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them will be released in the Us on September 12, ahead of the October release of its two sister films. A UK release schedule has not been clarified. »
Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to the comedy Hellaware, Michael M Bilandic’s comedy inspired by the New York art scene and the band Insane Clown Posse. The story of a photographer who becomes seduced by success stars Keith Poulson and Sophia Takal and will open theatrically on September 26, three days after digital launch. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to the drama “Days and Nights,” starring Katie Holmes, the company announced Thursday. William Hurt, Allison Janney and Ben Wishaw co-star in writer-director Christian Camargo's film inspired by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's play “The Seagull.” Also read: Katie Holmes Vigilante Comedy ‘Miss Meadows’ Lands U.S. Distribution Set in rural New England in the 1980s, “Days and Nights” is centered around a fading movie star who brings her paramour to her lakeside estate to visit her ailing brother and son, a fledgling artist, over Memorial Day Weekend. Reckless desire leads »
- Greg Gilman
Writer-director Ned Benson’s film got a 10-minute standing-o at Cannes, where it screened at a single, cut-together narrative piece. That version, called The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them, opens September 12 in limited release — two weeks earlier than originally planned. Now the Weinstein Company says it will bow the complete package, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her, on October 10. Him/Her is two separate films, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a couple whose marriage unravels, told from the man and the woman’s perspective. Nina Arianda, Jess Weixler, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert and William Hurt […] »
In Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill a group of thirtysomethings are drawn together when Alex, one of their friends, commits suicide. Once idealistic college students of the late 1960s, the group has now become successful adults of the 1980s. Sam (Tom Berenger) is now an actor. Harold (Kevin Kline) owns a chain of shoe stores and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor. Karen (JoBeth Williams) is the wife of an ad executive, Meg (Mary Kay Place) is a lawyer, Michael (Jeff Goldblum) is a writer for People magazine and Nick (William Hurt) has found success...as a drug dealer.
Along with Alex's younger girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), the group spends the weekend at Harold and Sarah's house. They wax nostalgic for the past, lament about the present and voice uncertainty about their future. They argue, joke around with one another, drink, get high, have sex (some of »
In Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill a group of thirtysomethings are drawn together when Alex, one of their friends, commits suicide. Once idealistic college students of the late 1960s, the group has now become successful adults of the 1980s. Sam (Tom Berenger) is now an actor. Harold (Kevin Kline) owns a chain of shoe stores and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor. Karen (JoBeth Williams) is the wife of an ad executive, Meg (Mary Kay Place) is a lawyer, Michael (Jeff Goldblum) is a writer for People magazine and Nick (William Hurt) has found success…as a drug dealer.
Along with Alex’s younger girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), the group spends the weekend at Harold and Sarah’s house. They wax nostalgic for the past, lament about the present and voice uncertainty about their future. They argue, joke around with one another, drink, get high, have sex »
IndieWire takes the Verge to task for publishing a pro-torrent essay on Expendables 3
Nicks Flick Picks Nick & Joe Reid are doing Nick's trademark halfway'ish "Fifties" thing (which starts as soon as Nick has hit 50 movies in any given year. Delicious smart writeups on editing, screenplays, supporting actors and more
CNN Money spends a day with a working Broadway actress
Newsweek explains the recent Buzzfeed scandal in the only way anyone should... through gifs of Shattered Glass
- NATHANIEL R
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery"
What's It About? David Lynch's two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura's murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.
Why We're In: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of "Twin Peaks," as well as the movie "Fire Walk With Me," plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we'll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, Wa.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- Jenni Miller
Herzog: The Collection I've been reviewing Werner Herzog movies for the last 13 weeks or whatever it is and all in anticipation of this new 16-film collection from Shout Factory, which finally releases today and includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Of the bunch I can tell you flat out Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo are great films and that's without the special features this set contains, which are: English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, »
- Brad Brevet
The Ultimate Slumber Party
There are certain films that capture the zeitgeist of an era, and The Big Chill is definitely one of them. If a movie like, say, Annie Hall, hits the nail on the head of urban relationships in the late 70s, then Chill embraces the Baby Boomers’ angst of adulthood in the early 80s—a time when the partying and discoing Carter years were undoubtedly over and we, in the USA, were solidly entrenched in Reagan’s world of hippies-turned-yuppies. The Big Chill is a love letter to the Baby Boomers, as it explores themes of regret over wasted opportunities, friendship and camaraderie, nostalgia, and the eternal question of what-happens-next.
Director and co-writer Kasdan, in a recent video interview (included as an extra on the disk), states that one of his influences for the picture was Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic, The Rules of the Game, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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