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Going away to summer camp is a time-honored tradition, offering kids and teens the chance to make new friends, see new places, and experience life away from home. But it’s not all bonfires and mosquito nets for the sleepaway camps on our list. Check out some of the best-known summer camps for young performers—and the major celebrity alumni! Stagedoor Manor (New York)What do Natalie Portman, Lea Michele, Jon Cryer, and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? Among other things, they all spent childhood summers treading the boards at Stagedoor Manor. Located in Loch Sheldrake N.Y., Stagedoor is one of the most famous performing arts camps in the world. It was the subject of the 2006 documentary “Stagedoor,” Mickey Rapkin’s book “Theatre Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor,” and the inspiration for the 2003 independent film “Camp.” Other notable alums include Mandy Moore, »
Kristen Wiig is known more so for making people laugh than she is for getting naked on screen, but that's all about to change with Welcome to Me, a new dramedy that will see the comedic actress stripping down in front of audiences for the first time.
In the past few years, Kristen Wiig has been quickly transferring her talents into more dramatic roles, with lead parts in Friends with Kids, Girl Most Likely, Hateship Loveship and the upcoming The Skeleton Twins. But Welcome to Me might be her most challenging job yet.
In the movie, she plays Alice Klieg, who suffers from a borderline personality disorder. After winning the lottery, she quits taking her meds and decides to launch her own talk show. It was Eliot Laurence's screenplay that drew her in, and she knew that she had to jump in with both feet.
"I'd never read a character like that. »
Presenting “Love Always,” a recurring feature in which we pay tribute to the women who helped shape our views on pop culture.
This time we pay a 51st birthday tribute to Phoebe Cates. She retired from acting 20 years ago (save for a brief bit in her pal Jennifer Jason Leigh‘s 2001 The Anniversary Party) to raise her family with husband Kevin Kline, but she gave us a couple of iconic moments in the 80′s that will live forever.
Here are seven reasons why I will Love Always Phoebe Cates.
That Scene In Fast Times At Ridgemont High
1982′s Fast Times At Ridgemont High introduced us to Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards, Judge Reinhold and gave Brian Backer his best film role since The Burning.
It also gave us, without a doubt, the greatest nude scene in film history … that involved breasts. When Phoebe came »
When it's hot outside, there's no better place to cool off than a movie theater — except when it turns into Hollywood hell. Yes, our intrepid Peter Travers has returned with his trusty Scum Bucket to regale you with his tales of suffering through the absolute worst movies of June.
The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Travers needs to say little more than the title of the movie clocking in at number 10, All Cheerleaders Must Die. Though he adds a curt "Do I need to say more?" before moving right along to The Signal, »
*Editor’s note: The Moment in now playing in NYC and opens in La at the Sundance Sunset in West Hollywood beginning Friday, June 20th, with Q&A’s featuring writer/director Jane Weinstock, producer Julia Eisenman, and producer Gloria Norris on June 20th and June 21st at 7:30 pm.
From the very start of The Moment, the film has a way of stirring up interest in the audience by opening up with an intense, and almost eerily sad scene. It immediately leaves you wondering what will happen next, and wanting to go more in depth regarding what the film’s lead character, Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is experiencing regarding what can only be explained as the disappearance of John, a writer with whom she appears to have had a relationship with. When Lee is showcasing her war related photographs, there seems to be some tension between her and her daughter, »
War Story: Weinstock’s Sophomore Feature Rides on Leigh’s Laurels
Unveiling her first film since her 2003 debut, Easy, director Jane Weinstock’s latest, The Moment, is an intriguing psychological thriller featuring an exciting and unpredictable cast. Unfortunately, the film gets a bit derailed as its fatiguing complexities outweigh any enjoyment gained from experiencing its puzzling scenario. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars in a committed performance, though she can’t quite overcome the tedious fluctuations that drive us away rather than rope us in.
Lurking outside her ex’s isolated home, photographer Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) anxiously calls to announce her wish to collect some equipment she’d left behind in the house. Receiving no answer but seeing his vehicle located outside, she enters the home to find that John (Martin Henderson) hasn’t been there in sometime. Alarmed and somewhat stunned, Lee collects her instruments and reports him as »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Jane Weinstock
Mental illness has long been a subject wrought with stigma and social taboos. Though even today those stigmas remains people are now more accepting of those troubled with emotional problems. The mission of psychiatric care mission is to learn why people think and behave the way they do. In the new drama The Moment, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a woman who is struggling with a very personal and internal battle. While the performances in this film are above average, the film as a whole is severely lacking.
The Moment focuses on Lee (Leigh), a war photojournalist who has seen her fair share of horribleness. She has flashbacks and obsessive beliefs that she has a rash all over her body. When her boyfriend John (Martin Henderson) goes missing, she begins to feel as though she’s losing her grip on reality. »
- Randall Unger
Here's what occurs in the first 10 minutes of Jane Weinstock's electrifying second feature, The Moment: After weeks of unreturned phone calls, Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a war photojournalist, barges into her ex-boyfriend's (Martin Henderson) house to retrieve her cameras. He's nowhere around, his goldfish are dead, and an uneaten dinner on his table craws with maggots.
But before Lee can process this, she's scuttling off to her gallery opening, where her estranged daughter (Alia Shawkat) shows up, still rigidly unforgiving of something Lee has done. She is further haunted by her own photograph of a Somali woman who died from a suicide bomb seconds after the portrait was taken. Lee herself sustained injuries, which itch unbearably; she claws at her clothes in the galler »
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
After splitting with her boyfriend, pragmatic New Yorker Allie (Bridget Fonda) advertises for a new flatmate. Her ad is answered by the shy but thoughtful Hedy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the perfect lodger. But as Hedy's behaviour becomes more and more intrusive, it's clear that she doesn't just want to be part of Ally's life - she wants the whole thing. »
Simon Curtis will direct the TWC and BBC production about a Holocaust survivor who fights the Austrian government to recover Gustav Klimt art stolen from her family by the Nazis in WWII.
Franck Khalfoun will direct the story of a single mother and her children who move into the notorious haunted house completely oblivious to its terrifying history.
The sales team will also be pushing the previously announced titles »
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The story follows a Holocaust survivor who fights the Austrian »
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Imagine that you are a young woman, married, ready to start a family. Imagine that you become pregnant, and that you then start to suspect that the infant you are carrying is fathered by Satan, or at least in danger of being handed over to him post-birth in a hellish variation on daycare. Imagine, too, that everyone you thought was caring for you through the pregnancy was actually on Team Satan, and that -Oh. You've heard this before. The chief challenge to NBC's reboot of Rosemary's Baby, the famous suspense novel that became the classic 1968 movie starring Mia Farrow, is »
- PEOPLE TV Critic Tom Gliatto
Written by Mark Jude Poirier
Directed by Liza Johnson
Alice Munro is one of the finest living fiction writers, consistently able to create tight stories with hidden depths about uniquely aching and awkward characters. A few years ago, Sarah Polley adapted one of her stories from the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage into the exquisite and painful Away From Her. So it’s possible for Munro’s work to shift from one medium to another and transition smoothly. Unfortunately, the new film Hateship Loveship, adapting that collection’s title story, was created by people with less confident hands; this particular short-story adaptation feels more slack and lacking in focus than is appropriate.
Kristen Wiig, playing as far against type as possible, is Johanna, a meek caretaker whose elderly charge passes away in the opening scene. So she moves onto a new job, as housekeeper for a grizzled older man, »
- Josh Spiegel
As so many mainstream films venture further into the screamingly implausible, indie efforts veer toward the understated and mundane, their realism obviating any perceived need for drama. But the pleasures of well-observed characters and small epiphanies are undeniable, and “Alex of Venice,” actor Chris Messina’s directing debut, is amply supplied with both, thanks to Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s extraordinary performance: Registering profound shocks with slight ripples rather than big emotions, she quietly commands attention. But the film around her proceeds more unevenly, determined more by actors’ rhythms than by the structure of the whole. The result will attract connoisseurs of the laid-back.
When Alex (Winstead), a workaholic lawyer for an environmental group, is suddenly abandoned by her stay-at-home artist/surfer hubby, George (Messina), her carefully ordered existence begins to fall apart. On top of her huge caseload occasioned by an important trial, she now bears full responsibility for the needs of her 10-year-old son, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Shooting is currently under way on Amityville, the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later. Today we've got our first look at the film in the form of some familiar looking behind-the-scenes photos. Read on!
Twitter user @aeromat recently tweeted out some images from the set, which give us a glimpse at the in-progress build of the infamous house that ties the whole series together.
The recreation is currently being constructed in Long Beach, California - a long way from Long Island, New York, where the real house still sits.
Check out the photos below, and look for more soon!
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.
- John Squires
Title: Hateship Loveship Director: Liza Johnson Starring: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Sami Gayle, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christine Lahti In her strikingly humane and thought-provoking debut feature, “Return,” writer-director Liza Johnson showed the ability to locate illuminating character details in all sorts of quiet moments. With her second film, “Hateship Loveship,” starring Kristen Wiig, Johnson again proves herself an astute chronicler of human frailty, even if the low-wattage hum of her lightly romantic drama eventually peters out, leaving the hull — more intriguing than emotionally satisfying — of an ensemble character piece. Adapted by Mark Poirier from a 2001 short story by the late Alice Munro, the film [ Read More ]
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It is fitting that Hateship Loveship features the most awkward romantic chemistry between two lead actors of any film in 2014 (a year that has already brought us the insipid Winter’s Tale and Breathe In) since it also has one of the most awkward titles of any film in recent memory. Yes, the film’s title is abbreviated from the title of an Alice Munro short story that requires you to take a deep breath before mentioning it: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. However, what may have blossomed on the page does not quite gel in an elongated feature-length format, despite a surprisingly strong effort from a subdued Kristen Wiig.
The actress plays Johanna, a caretaker who performs her duties with the utmost care and precision, like a shier version of Anthony Hopkins’ loyal butler from The Remains of the Day. After an old lady she nannies dies, Johanna still »
- Jordan Adler
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Apr 2014 - 06:26
This week's Crowdfunding Friday includes a sci-fi film secretly shot in Beijing and starring dissident artist Al Weiwei...
At the time of writing, there are just six days to go before Julian Gollop's Kickstarter campaign for Chaos Reborn comes to a close. In case you missed it, we covered the game in more detail a few weeks ago; based on the 80s Zx Spectrum game Chaos, it's both a revival and comprehensive expansion on that tactical fantasy classic.
We've had a chance to play with the prototype multiplayer bit of Chaos Reborn, and while it's still being polished, it's every bit the engrossing battle of wits an necromancy we were hoping. Each bout is short, sharp and tense, with the screen quickly filling up with goo, fire and fantastical monsters as each wizard casts their spells - Chaos was and is an appropriate »
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
The true story of Eric Lomax, a British WWII soldier who survived a Japanese Pow camp and confronted his torturer 50 years later, is astonishing. The movie version isn’t. Colin Firth smolders as the Ptsd-riddled veteran (played in flashbacks by War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine), and Nicole Kidman cries dutifully as his wife — but they’re both derailed by the movie’s tidy emotional resolutions. B- —Adam Markovitz
R, 1 Hr., 38 Mins.
- EW staff
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