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Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.
On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »
- Scott Foundas
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Conan O’Brien hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards last night. The great ginger brought his trademark wit, 50 very special celebrity cameos, and a shout out to Big Morning Buzz Live‘s Nick Lachey to the show. Our guy, Nick Lachey got to sit down with Conan this morning (Yes, It Was This Morning) on Big Morning Buzz Live to discuss the show and to get the inside scoop on whether or not Nick Lachey is the greatest Nick of all.
A good MTV Movie Awards host has many roles to fill. He or she has to funny, hip and ready to schmooze the celebrities. O’Brien took this last part to the next level when he gave himself the challenge to feature 50 celebrity cameos in the show’s cold open. O’Brien got the help of Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and the cast of Noah (amongst others) to help him meet this goal. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
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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The pain of loss, the resentment of failure and the hope for a new life are the dramatic elements that come together in "Hateship Loveship," a minor key story about the lingering effects of death on one family, and the stranger who helps them pull together. Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte star in the film from Liza Johnson, based on the short story by Alice Munro, that follows the shy and sheltered Johanna Parry (Wiig), who gets hired as a housekeeper for the McCauley family. She's dropped into a drama that sees the elder McCauley (Nolte) unable to forgive his former junkie son-in-law Ken (Pearce) for causing the death of his daughter. Granddaughter Sabitha (Steinfeld) is caught in the middle, but a fledgling relationship between Johanna and Ken could change everything. In this exclusive clip, we see the secrets unearthed in the household, carrying the weight of the past. »
- Edward Davis
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
Nick Nolte and an Oscar-nominated Susan Sarandon play the couple fighting to save their young son from a rare, degenerative brain disease in this fact-based drama. Peter Ustinov is among the many doctors who say there's no cure for Lorenzo, but that doesn't stop his parents from trying to find one. After Mad Max and The Witches of Eastwick, director George Miller shows his versatility with a heartfelt but clear-eyed telling of an extraordinary true tale. »
Neophyte actor /producer Josh Howlett came up with the idea after watching a story on Espn.s Aussies Abroad which chronicled how five Aussies were recruited by Saint Mary.s College near San Francisco and contributed to the team.s greatest success in 50 years.
Robert Lewis Galinsky is writing the screenplay and serving as executive producer. Howlett will produce via his new company Handmade Media in league with a Us producer whom he declines to name until the project is fully funded.
He said roughly half the development budget has been raised from private investors and the plan is shoot the film next year, two-thirds of it on location in the Us. Howlett and Galinsky have a short-list of Us directors. »
- Don Groves
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
The Weinstein Co. paid a reported Us$2 million for North American rights to The Railway Man after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September . but has waited more than six months to launch the film in the Us.
.What I don't get about this movie is that the Weinstein Company picked it up at Toronto last September when they concurrently premiered a number of their movies like August: Osage County and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which aren't nearly as good,. Douglas writes in his website ComingSoon.net.
Douglas praised the performances of Colin Firth as Eddie Lomax, the WWII prisoner-of-war veteran who confronts one of his Japanese tormentors 40 years later, Nicole Kidman as his wife and Hiro Sanada as his nemesis.
.It.s a shame »
- Don Groves
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.
This is a film review. I’ve not read The Bible, I’m not a religious person in the slightest although I have no issue in any way, shape or form with those who are. If you watch Noah because you have even the vaguest interest in the Bible story on which it is based, and wish to discuss, argue, or debate the merits of the film based on this, that is entirely your prerogative. I, however, watched it solely because it is the latest film from director Darren Aronofsky, a film maker I admire greatly, »
- Gary Collinson
With almost 40 years of history - encompassing films, TV, comic books, video games and novels - there's a wealth of interesting facts and information about the vast universe hatched by George Lucas.
Here are ten fast facts we've discovered from a galaxy far, far away…
1. Inspired by the swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures that began in the '30s, a young George Lucas initially wanted to bring that serial to the big screen, but found the rights to the character difficult to untangle. From there he began to fashion his own space epic - a project that would eventually become the Star Wars we know and love.
However, things could have been a lot different as Lucas's first draft script was »
Shipping Out: Johnson’s Sophomore Effort Misses the Boat
Director Liza Johnson follows up her 2011 directorial debut, Return, with Hateship Loveship, an adaptation of a short story by Alice Munro (whose works was also the basis for Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, 2006). Johnson revisits favored motifs, a central female character struggling to fit into an assigned part she has no interest in playing, as well as high profile casting in throwaway supporting roles that similarly plague this outing. Despite a committed performance from Wiig, the film feels discombobulated, a Cinderella of the slums fairy tale tinged with minor classist woes that’s nicely trimmed into all’s-wells-that-ends well blandness.
With Johanna’s (Kristen Wiig) last elderly ward recently deceased, she takes a new job in Iowa as the caretaker for motherless teen (and woefully named) Sabitha (Hailee Stanfield), who’s being raised by her well-heeled grandpa (Nick Nolte). Sabitha’s dad, »
- Nicholas Bell
Everyone loves a good celebrity feud: And these 10, rounded up by TheRichest , are reportedly so bad that the actors involved refuse to work together. Five standout pairs: Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte's 1994 romantic comedy I Love Trouble was spark-free, and perhaps that's because they worked together so poorly they reportedly had to shoot their scenes separately. Afterward, Roberts called Nolte "completely disgusting" and he called her "not a nice person." Bill Murray starred in the first Charlie's Angels movie, and reportedly had a bit of a hissy fit on set, interrupting a scene to ask Lucy Liu , "What »
- Evann Gastaldo
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Boy do I love me some crazy. I’m such a fan of enormous, garish spectacles. Movies like David Lynch’s Dune that are just so wildly over the top that you wonder how they ever came to be. In the final scenes when Kyle MacLachlan if riding a giant worm into battle to a smooth rock soundtrack provided by Toto, you just marvel at all the insanity you watch unfolding in front of you. Or any of the big budget works from the warped mind of Terry Gilliam. I could watch The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen or Time Bandits a thousand times. We are given »
- Gary Collinson
"Take it to Da House" rapper Trick Daddy was busted for allegedly having cocaine and a handgun Thursday night ... and the guy's mug shot is on par with Nick Nolte.Trick Daddy -- real name Maurice Young -- was Not having a good hair day when cops stopped him outside his Florida home ... and according to docs, officers told the rapper they had a warrant to search his place.Cops say they found a gram »
- TMZ Staff
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte, Mark Margolis, Kevin Durand | Written by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel | Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Biblical epics were once a staple of the old school Hollywood. Movies like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments were the big budget blockbusters of their day. It appears they are making somewhat of a comeback with Exodus being scheduled for release later this year and the recent release of Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Noah.
With Aronofsky at the helm there is little doubt this adaptation will not be a straightforward one, and in fact his Noah has a closer resemblance to 80’s Fantasy than a Sunday School story. Considering the source material his vision will certainly stir some controversy. Beyond those basic implications is the question of do those drastic changes provide a new valuable insight to »
- Dan Clark
The 23-year-old actress donned a white halter-neck Ralph Lauren dress teamed with a pair of white stilettos as she posed on the carpet, which looked like frothy waves and was adorned with rocks and a makeshift ark.
Watson, who recently dazzled in a dramatic black Oscar de la Renta gown at the New York premiere of Noah, was joined by co-stars Russell Crowe, Douglas Booth, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, producer Scott Franklin and director Darren Aronofsky.
Aronofsky's biblical epic is expanded from its original tale of Noah (Crowe) receiving apocalyptic visions and battling the forces of Tubal-cain (Winstone) as he and his family fight to survive the coming flood.
Logan Lerman, »
A new film from director Darren Aronofsky seems to automatically conjure the word “controversy”, along with the thrilling prospect of aligning yourself with one side or the other, or perhaps the sour feeling that all the lecturing and critiquing comes at the expense of the actual art. The appalling depiction of an ugly humanity in Requiem for a Dream (2000) caused just as much head-scratching as the more obviously oblique efforts Pi (1998) and The Fountain (2006); Black Swan (2010) ignited an uncomfortably public debate (read: infantile insult-exchange) between Aronofsky and New York Press critic Armond White. The announcement that Aronofsky’s next film would be Noah, a big-budget retelling of the biblical flood and the famous ark, seemed an invitation for controversy to reappear, this time riding through the open floodgates on a valiant wave of religious fervor.
And some critics tried – really hard – to take this promise of controversy and »
- Matt Hannigan
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