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The 18th century German classic about an apprentice magician is brought bang up to date in contemporary Manhattan by the team behind National Treasure. In this expanded adventure, Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer who has to save the city from his arch nemesis Horvath (Alfred Molina). Crucial to his quest is physics prodigy Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) who just may be the chosen one to thwart Horvath and his diabolical plans. »
While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
★★☆☆☆First unleashed on the festival circuit almost two years ago, it's taken Francesca Gregorini's The Truth About Emanuel (2013) a while to find its way to UK audiences, even now in its Dtv form. Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) is a teenage girl in a small American suburb who's still broken from the loss of her mother. Living with her father (Alfred Molina) and her stepmother (Frances O'Connor), Emanuel is finding the struggles of teen life all the more challenging with the isolation her loss has caused. However, when a young mother, Linda (Jessica Biel), moves in next-door and is looking for a babysitter, Emanuel seizes the opportunity to meet someone knew and perhaps find the mother figure she's been searching for.
- CineVue UK
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 »
One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival for me this summer was a presentation of selected clips from "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," an ambitious animated film that adapts one of the most beloved works of poetry of the 20th Century, and I wrote in that piece that I hoped the final film would live up to the segments that I saw out of context. It is safe to say that is the case. Ultimately, this is a very simple, very direct film. There are plenty of movies playing at this festival that want to make you work for whatever meaning you take from them, but this feels like the opposite. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" has been designed to be as emotionally direct as possible, easy to understand and very, very clear in its storytelling, and the result is a film that I would feel comfortable showing to my »
- Drew McWeeny
Look across the landscape of Best Actor Oscar contenders this year. Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Bill Murray, Timothy Spall, Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Costner, Ralph Fiennes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Channing Tatum all seen and stumped for. Joaquin Phoenix, David Oyelowo, Brad Pitt, Jack O'Connell, Bradley Cooper, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey and Mark Wahlberg all looking for room on the other side. Gael García Bernal, Ellar Coltrane, Brendon Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Miles Teller all likely to find supporters besides. Now look at the Best Actress contenders… It seems an oft-repeated lament. The leading lady category always feels just wide enough to manage a healthy slate of nominees, while the fellas deal with shocked asides on Oscar nomination morning about Tom Hanks or some such somehow missing the cut. "It was just too competitive." But it never seems »
- Kristopher Tapley
Director: Francesca Gregorini.
Running Time: 91 minutes
The Truth About Emanuel is that it seems nobody had a clue about what to do with this film. A title change from Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes, festival appearances over a year ago and now DVD cover art that is conceptually misleading and just plain horrid. It’s not often the packaging needs to be addressed, but the artwork not only gives the impression that this is a horror, but also seems to be ripped from somewhere else. The Truth About Emanuel is that this is also an absolutely gorgeous drama which deserves respect and needs to be treated for what it is.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, and for the past few years, the pleasure of the arrival of crisp air and turning leaves has been increased, because it means that London Film Festival time has come around again. Though the public festival runs for 12 days — this year it’s October 8th though 19th — for the press it runs for a full month. (Press screenings will start on September 22nd.) It is a veritable orgy of cinema, and I love it. It’s exhausting, but I love it.
Yesterday morning the full program for the 58th BFI London Film Festival was announced. I already knew that two of my most anticipated films of the fall were on the slate: The Imitation Game, Headhunters director Morten Tyldum’s film about Alan Turing and the WWII Enigma codebreaking project, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the mathematician; and Fury, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
After an overly successful stint around this year’s festival circuit, Love Is Strange — Ira Sachs’ poignant tale of longterm partners Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) — has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike since it hit theatres on August 22nd. In his review, our own Matt Donato praised the central performance at the heart of the movie:
Taking place within the Big Apple itself, Sachs’ sixth feature film centers on the aforementioned duo who, after tying the knot in Lower Manhattan, are faced with challenge after challenge that put their idyllic relationship to the test. After George loses his job, the pair are thereby forced to shack up with friends and distant relatives just to make ends meet. »
- Michael Briers
From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star. The story follows Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), who becomes a professional soccer player for the La Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA. During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Robert Rodriguez talked about why Matador was the perfect show for his El Rey Network, ordering it straight to series with 13 episodes, his belief in passion projects, why From Dusk Till Dawn was the right first show for the network, looking forward to Season 2, what led to The Director’s Chair, directing more episodes of the El Rey shows, and where he sees filmmaking technology heading. »
- Christina Radish
The actor played villain Eric Qualen in the 1993 film opposite Sylvester Stallone, and told The Hollywood Reporter that at the time it was the "most fun movie" he had ever done.
"It was the beginning of a string of villains that I did," Lithgow said.
"It was the most fun movie I had ever done because it was four months in Italy, two months up in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps."
He continued: "I got to have a great big knock-down, drag-out fight with Sylvester Stallone. Every actor should have that much fun at some point.
"You can hit him as hard as you can, and it's never enough for him.
"I was just dreadful in that film, but that didn't matter. It was such fun."
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
With a lackluster collection of films opening wide in multiplexes this holiday weekend, it’s time to herald an indie gem. Love is Strange debuted at Sundance in January, and opened to the top per-screen average in select theaters last weekend. It expands slightly today, and critics seem to be near-unanimous that it’s worth seeking out.
Directed by Ira Sachs, the film tells the story of George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), a gay New York City couple who officially tie the knot after 39 years together. But once their relationship is made legal, George is fired by the »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – It is a time, and the time is now. Leave it to filmmaker Ira Sachs to break a barrier simply by having the right timing. Exploring a long time gay couple, right at the cusp of their now-legal marriage, opens the door to an odd series of ordinary circumstances in “Love is Strange.”
The karma of what the marriage does is the main theme of the film, as employment, family relationships and housing are affected by the opening of the nuptial Pandora’s box. That is not to say the event itself is controversial, but what happens when one thing leads to another afterward, is so simple and human. The acting in the film – led by Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as the couple – expresses a truth about how all can seem well when everything is aligned, and how discombobulated our souls become when that normalcy is challenged. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – One of the notable films to kick off the autumn film season is writer/director Ira Sach’s “Love is Strange.” The story of two men in a longtime gay relationship, who finally can marry – but whose lives go off track unexpectedly – features brilliant performances from veterans John LIthgow and Alfred Molina.
Ira Sachs is a veteran writer and director himself, on his sixth feature film. He first got noticed with “Forty Shades of Blue” in 2005 and “Married Life” two years later. The latter film featured Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Pierce Brosnan. After some great reviews for his fifth film “Keep the Lights On” (2012), he is back with “Love is Strange,” a personal and subtle character driven story.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
HollywoodChicago.com sat down to interview Ira Sachs, as his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Love Is Strange is a movie about, well, love. It’s about the love shared by its central couple, George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), but there’s more to it than that. It’s about all of its varieties and inflections, and the way that it’s expressed by husbands, nieces-in-law and friends. Beautifully lit spaces, subtly crafted dialogue and open, naturalistic performances from the whole cast help director Ira Sachs play with the manifestations of this title concept. The MPAA ratings board, meanwhile, didn’t pay attention to any of this. Love Is Strange was given an R rating. There’s no sex in the film, nor any notable violence. The reason this family drama wasn’t considered family-friendly was “language,” that ever-vague, often ironically meaningless word. What exactly does that mean? Sometimes it means too many “fucks,” or some similar breach of the arbitrary mathematics of swear-word policing. Here »
- Daniel Walber
Last night the 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced with "Breaking Bad" taking home top honors with five wings including Outstanding Drama Series, followed by "Modern Family" with three wins including Outstanding Comedy Series. FX programs "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Fargo" each took home two awards including an Outstanding Miniseries win for "Fargo". Meanwhile, new shows such as "Orange is the New Black" and "Silicon Valley" went home empty handed and for all the fanfare it received in its first season, including 12 Emmy nominations, "True Detective" only took home one win, that being for director Cary Joji Fukunaga". Personally, I don't give a lick about the Emmys, it's right there with the Grammys in terms of worthless awards shows for me. It's a show wherein people must nominate themselves and while most award shows are no better, this one is down there near the bottom for me. So, with that said, »
- Brad Brevet
Digital Spy presents the full list of winners and nominees at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which took place on Monday night (August 25) at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family - Winner
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
William H Macy - Shameless
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
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