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Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) stars in the independent film as a young woman unraveling the mystery of her boyfriend’s disappearance who begins a dangerous relationship with his pianist mother, played by Janet McTeer.
The screenplay was written by Tamblyn and Ed Doughtery.
Produced by Wren Arthur for Olive Productions and Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell for Tangerine Entertainment, the film is exec produced by Olive’s Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi. McTeer is also an exec producer.
UTA Independent Film Group reps North American rights; UTA also reps Tamblyn along with Hyler Management and Sloane Offer. »
- Pat Saperstein
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.
Strange Magic is set for release on January 23rd. »
- Gary Collinson
Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. music producer Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge) serves as both the musical director and composer.
- Michelle McCue
Following the initial announcement and the first trailer released last month, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the first official poster for Strange Magic. This animated adventure comes from the mind of Star Wars creator George Lucas, who conceived the initial story and serves as an executive producer. This new one-sheet showcases just a few of the magical creatures that fans will get to see when Strange Magic hits theaters next month.
Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
The voice cast of Strange Magic, »
Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Monday morning, the Dallas-Fort Worth film critics declared themselves major "Birdman" fans. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s backstage spectacle took the top spot on the Dfw critics association’s 2014 best pictures list, as well as collecting awards for Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Director. In a nice surprise, Dfwca honored Reese Witherspoon with Best Actress, a prize she’s been continuously in the mix for with other group awards, but has rarely picked up. See the full list of winners below (and check out all of the regional film critics nominations and winners at The Circuit) Best Picture 1. "Birdman" 2. "Boyhood" 3. "The Imitation Game" 4. "The Theory of Everything" 5. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 6. "Whiplash" 7. "Gone Girl" 8. "Selma" 9. "Wild" 10. "Nightcrawler" Best Actor 1. Michael Keaton, "Birdman" 2. Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" 3. Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" 4. Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" 5. Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner" Best Actress 1. Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" 2. Julianne Moore, »
- Matt Patches
The Big Bang Theory actor is the writer, co-director and star of the romantic comedy.
The movie centres around Quinn (Helberg), a man gearing up to propose to his long-term and first girlfriend (Lynskey).
After getting cold feet, he finds himself pursuing her to Paris to make amends.
Jocelyn Towne served as co-director.
We'll Never Have Paris will be released on January 22 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
It’s almost impossible to silence Larry Kramer, the influential activist and writer who started the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. But around the May premiere of HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” which he wrote based on his 1985 groundbreaking play, a mysterious sickness left Kramer bedridden. “All I know is I almost died several times,” says Kramer, who is doing better now. “We don’t think it was HIV-related. If it weren’t for my partner David Webster taking charge of finding the best doctors to tend to me, I wouldn’t be here.”
Kramer hobbled onstage at the Emmys, where “The Normal Heart” won best TV movie, and he’ll be honored at the Acria holiday dinner benefit on Wednesday night in New York. At 79, he’s still working furiously. He’s adapting a “Normal Heart” sequel for HBO (he hopes Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Jim Parsons will »
- Ramin Setoodeh
By Anjelica Oswald
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play Ben and George, a newlywed couple who have been together for 39 years, in Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange. When George is fired from his job as a music teacher at a Catholic school, the couple can no longer afford their Manhattan apartment. The two are forced to move in with family and friends in separate apartments as they sort through their housing situation.
The indie darling has been praised since premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and currently holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, it has stayed under the radar this award season.
Love is Strange was nominated for best feature at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards, which took place Dec. 1, but lost to Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman. The film also scored Independent Spirit Award nominations for best film, male lead (Lithgow), screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
You can't see 'em all, and last spring at SXSW, the rom-com "We'll Never Have Paris" just couldn't fit in our schedule. And even though it played a handful of festivals since, it just didn't cross our path. And so, we'll just have to catch it when it opens in theaters next month, and the trailer for the movie has dropped to show what we've been missing. Written, co-directed and starring Simon Helberg, the movie follows a man whose indecision about marrying the first woman he's ever been with has serious consequences when she ups and leaves for Paris. And so he follows her there hoping to win her back. It's a simple enough premise, and we always love Melanie Lynskey, and the supporting players in place are solid too with Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto and Alfred Molina rounding things out. "We'll Never Have Paris" arrives on January 22nd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What could turn into one of the surprise, sleeper hits of the new year has a trailer, and you should really give We’ll Never Have Paris a look. Written and co-directed by, and starring Simon Helberg of The Big Bang Theory fame, this one looks to put just enough spin on romance and comedy to do something fresh with the genre.
As if inspired by The Beautiful South‘s A Little Time – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttuA1UEUAI0 – Helberg plays a man who is ready to propose to his longtime girlfriend, played by Melanie Lynskey, until he learns that a gorgeous co-worker (Maggie Grace) is in love with him. This prompts him to wonder about his entire life, given that he’s really only had one relationship, and he breaks off his relationship despite already having the ring. His fling doesn’t last long, and he realizes »
- Marc Eastman
Ready for an off-beat romantic comedy to kickoff 2015 with? Then watch the new trailer for We’LL Never Have Paris starring Simon Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Zachary Quinto & Alfred Molina.
In a story based on true events, Quinn (Simon Helberg) has been in a devoted relationship with Devon (Melanie Lynskey) for several years, and is ready to propose marriage until a gorgeous blonde co-worker reveals her love for him. Quinn immediately has second thoughts about matrimony and ends up terminating his relationship with his long-time better half.
After a brief relationship with the blonde, Quinn quickly realizes he’s made the mistake of a lifetime, so he sets off to Paris, where his one and only true love has moved, to win her back.
- Michelle McCue
Matt Bomer ("The Normal Heart") lost Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor in one of the most shocking upsets of the last Emmys, but the good news for the actor is that he may get another chance at the Golden Globes. In fact, according to our racetrack odds, he's the frontrunner to win Best TV Supporting Actor. -Break- Ultimate Emmy slugfest: Did homophobia bash 'Normal Heart' and Matt Bomer? Bomer was considered a virtual lock at the Emmys for playing dying journalist Felix Turner in Ryan Murphy's telefilm about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City, especially after winning a Critics' Choice Award earlier in the season, but when Emmys were handed out in August, "The Normal Heart" suffered loss after loss. It still managed to win Best TV Movie, but its only other victory out of 16 nominations was for Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup. Bomer and three of his co-stars (Joe Mantello, »
The original action drama series, Matador, which launched on El Rey Network in July, will not return for a second season. The show was created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and ended its 13 episode run in October. Despite initial high hopes for the drama – the pilot of which was directed by network founder Robert Rodriguez – low international sales apparently played a significant part in the network’s decision not to renew. In a statement regarding the cancellation, El Rey Network explained its choice.
“Ultimately, it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level – creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have »
- Sarah Myles
Editor's Note: I asked Team Experience to tell us what they're thankful for this year during the holiday weekend. Here's abstew in the cinematic spirit.
abstew here. Thanksgiving may be only once a year, but it's always a great time to appreciate the greatness of film. Here are a few of the things I'm thankful for this year...
For Oscar Issac's camel coat in A Most Violent Year - practical and stylish winter wear while waging a war
For Tilda as a love-struck octogenarian socialite. Tilda as a yak-haired vampire. Tilda as a dentured dictator. Proving the existence of extraterrestrial life because, quite simply, Tilda Swinton is a shape-shifting, otherworldly being.
For two favorite breakout stars: Jack O'Connell (dynamic in Starred Up and 71; I'm eagerly awaiting Unbroken) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (compelling in two very different films, Belle and Beyond the Lights). I'm excited to see what new opportunities come »
Network: El Rey
Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: July 15, 2014 -- October 7, 2014.
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This action TV series revolves popular soccer star Antonio "Tony" Bravo (Gabriel Luna). A world-class athlete from Boyle Heights known as "Matador," Tony is known for his ventures both on and off the field.
Charismatic, successful, and a player who can turn a game around with his presence and skill, Tony is a swinging bachelor with an active social life. But he's not a member of the La Riot soccer team simply to help grow his ego.
Unbeknownst to the public and his family, Tony was recruited from »
Remember when El Rey renewed their Matador TV show for a second season? Well, the cable channel wants to forget that July 2014 announcement. They've now cancelled Matador and that includes their plans for season two.
An action series, Matador revolves a popular and swinging bachelor soccer star (Gabriel Luna) who is recruited by a clandestine spy organization in the United States Government. He's to infiltrate the life of billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) who is suspected of using his network of communications satellites for wildly illegal purposes. The rest of the cast includes Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Jude Ciccolella, Tanc Sade, Peter Gadiot, and Louis Ozawa Changchien.
The first season's 13 episodes concluded last month. According to Deadline, the series wasn't cheap to produce. And, though the first season performed well enough domestically, there wasn't enough interest internationally to proceed with a »
"Matador" is no more. Robert Rodriguez's cable channel El Rey Network has made its first major cancellation, after declining to pick up the spy series "Matador" for a second season. After premiering in in July, the 13-episode first season aired its final episode in October, according to Deadline. "Matador" starred Gabriel Luna as a DEA agent who goes undercover as a pro soccer player. The series was created by the former writing team of Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman (the "Transformers" films, "Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Star Trek Into Darkness"). Rodriguez directed the premiere episode. "Matador" also starred Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Alfred Molina and Tanc Sade. "Ultimately it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level-creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes," reads a press release from El Rey. »
- Dave Lewis
The network clearly had cold feet after renewing the show for season two ahead of its series premiere on July 15. The spy thriller’s first season ended its 13-episode run last month. Rodriguez directed the pilot episode.
“Ultimately it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level-creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes,” El Rey said in a statement. “We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have done and look forward to the opportunity to work with them in the future.”
“Matador” was the first project under a multi-year international »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Question. What do The Skeleton Twins, The Better Angels and actor Miles Teller have in common? There’ll always be some head-scratcher surprises and snubs and the 2015 Indie Spirit award nominations are no different. It goes with the territory. As we tend to some wounds, we access those that were criminally overlooked in the key categories. Here is a glance at some of the shoulda, woulda and coulda.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Falling below the 21 million mark set by the Indie Spirit folks, it is indeed an odd year when a major studio release figures among the fives noms. Considering that Ava DuVernay is an indie talent, I didn’t think her film would be part of the equation. That said, it was a given that Boyhood and the more deserving Birdman and Whiplash would all face off. In »
- Eric Lavallee
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