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Read More: Starz Acquires Fantasia Fest Action Thriller 'Momentum' On the heels of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier last month, Variety report that Starz has picked up the U.S. rights to "The Family Fang," Jason Bateman's sophomore directorial feature starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Bateman himself. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Kevin Wilson and penned by "Rabbit Hole" writer David Lindsay-Abaire, "The Family Fang" is a dark comedy featuring Kidman and Bateman as siblings whose attempt to reconnect with their parents over the course of a chaotic family weekend is thrown for a loop when their performance artist parents turn up missing. Starz is preparing the film for a 2016 theatrical release. Read More: Tiff Review: Jason Bateman's 'The Family Fang' Starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman & Christopher Walken »
- Aubrey Page
Starz has picked up the U.S. rights to Jason Bateman‘s comedy “The Family Fang,” a month after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The company plans a 2016 theatrical release for the film starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett. Following its theatrical release, the film will have an on-demand release, and an exclusive TV premiere on Starz. Also Read: 'The Family Fang' Toronto Review: Christopher Walken Steals Movie From Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman The film is about siblings Baxter (Bateman) and Annie (Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, who return to their family home. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
A month after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Starz has purchased U.S. rights to Jason Bateman’s dark comedy “The Family Fang” and is planning to release the film theatrically in 2016, Variety has learned.
As part of the deal, Starz Digital will handle the dramedy’s digital, on-demand, and theatrical rollout. Starz’s Anchor Bay division will oversee the home video roll out following its theatrical run, and the film’s television premiere will take place on the Starz premium cable network.
“The Family Fang” is adapted from Kevin Wilson’s 2011 comic novel of the same name and stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman as siblings who reunite with their performance artist parents (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett). A weekend of family dysfunction takes a detour after the parents suddenly go missing. The film is Bateman’s second as a director, following 2013’s “Bad Words.”
In a favorable review in Variety, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Director Steven Spielberg has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood for four decades, with major commercial hits that have broken records at the box office. His latest film, Bridge of Spies, premiered Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and centers on an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a detained pilot from Soviet Russia.
Spielberg’s last collaboration to star Hanks, 2004’s dramedy The Terminal, failed to earn any nominations from the Academy, whilst their previous collaboration, 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, earned just two Oscar nominations (best supporting actor for Christopher Walken, best original score for John Williams) but was unable to take home either, despite positive reviews and large box office numbers.
Despite having won three Oscars in his career, and the multitude of iconic films that he has helmed, »
- Patrick Shanley
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fake Trailer of the Day: Along with all the other ways fans and brands are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future combined with the actual date Doc, Marty and Jennifer travel to in 2015 in Back to the Future Part II, Universal created a fake teaser trailer for Jaws 19 (via Screen Crush): Celebrity Impressions of the Day: While appearing on The Graham Norton Show with, among others, Robert De Niro, Tom Hiddleston did his impressions of Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and, yes, De Niro -- the latter two in a one-man redo of scenes from Heat (via Variety): Movie Mashup of the Day: Check out the ultimate Disneyfied version of Star Wars: The Force...
- Christopher Campbell
That Loki is impressive as hell. Tom Hiddleston was on "The Graham Norton Show" alongside Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, and Kenneth Branagh -- what a great lineup! -- and the conversation turned to impressions.
Tom Hiddleston stole the show, and started his mimic-fest by doing an impression of Owen Wilson from "Midnight in Paris." Tom said he's been made to do impressions of his "Avengers" co-stars, and admitted a Christopher Walken impression is easy ... but pretty much irresistible, so he did that too. Then he braved a De Niro impression, on the same couch as De Niro.
Tom said he's memorized pages of the "Heat" script and re-enacted a scene, acknowledging that De Niro would be familiar with it, since he was there, shooting the 1995 scene with Al Pacino. It's kind of hilarious to see Tom explain the scene as if he is the expert, but he's self-deprecating about it and it's very charming, »
- Gina Carbone
Tom Hiddleston's best celebrity impressions reign continues.
Both performers were guests on the UK's "The Graham Norton Show" on Friday when host Graham asked Tom perform a few of his famed impressions.
Photos: Hot Shots Of Tom Hiddleston
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Perhaps you don't know this about Thor star Tom Hiddleston, but he's great at impersonating fellow celebrities. That should come as no shock after watching him fully transform into country legend Hank Williams in I Saw the Light. If he wasn't busy building a career as an Oscar-worthy actor, he might have a shot at being the next Rich Little. On the The Graham Norton Show he got to show off some of his skills. And he couldn't pass up the opportunity to break out one of his better routines, especially with the subject of his impersonation sitting on the couch beside him.
Tom Hiddleston and Robert De Niro appeared on the The Graham Norton Show couch together earlier this week. And in what could have been an awkward exchange, Tom Hiddleston broke out his own Bobby De Niro facial ticks and accents. And the whole thing is nothing short of amazing. »
Robert De Niro appears to approve of Tom Hiddleston‘s impersonation of him. The “Thor” star, who will next be seen on the big screen in Guillermo del Toro‘s “Crimson Peak,” performed a re-enactment of his favorite scene between De Niro and Al Pacino in Michael Mann‘s 1995 crime drama “Heat” — and played both actors’ parts — while appearing on “The Graham Norton Show.” “It’s an expression of admiration, just to be clear,” Hiddleston said before cracking up the audience with his impressions, which also included Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken. Also Read: Robert De Niro Storms Out of 'Negative' Interview: 'I'm. »
- Greg Gilman
Whew, what a charmer that Loki is. Tom Hiddleston joined Kenneth Branagh and The Intern co-stars Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro on The Graham Norton Show, which became an opportune moment for the host to ask Hiddleston to bring out his canon of impressions, which include Christopher Walken, Owen Wilson, and, of course, Robert De Niro. Not only does Hiddleston do De Niro, but he reenacts De Niro's coffee-shop scene across from Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat. This is definitely why the British are taking all our jobs.And if that weren't enough, he also whips out a Graham Norton impression on the spot. »
- E. Alex Jung
It’s almost October, dear readers, and that means prestige movie season is just around the corner. But it also means that we’re going to be getting trailers for more of next year’s big movies. And this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ is just that, with our first look at Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Premise: The orphan boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi) grows up in the Indian jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, the bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray), and the black panther Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley).
My take: The Jungle Book (1967) holds a special place in the Disney animated canon, being the final animated film to be in production while Walt Disney was alive, and the first to be released following his death. And in the last five years, Disney has found quite a bit of success with live-action remakes of its animated classics. »
- Timothy Monforton
See Also: First trailer for The Jungle Book
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney recently debuted a brand new Russian teaser trailer for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which was initially teased for the first time a few weeks ago. This new adventure features a real human Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, but all of the animals are created in the computer, though they look very lifelike. Additional well-known actors voice the various animals, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson. There's a few impressive shots of additional footage in this trailer, otherwise we're going to have to keep waiting as they finish rendering more of the CGI leading up to its release next spring. Enjoy! Here's the new international trailer for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, found via ComingSoon: For more updates, follow @DisneyStudios or as always you can follow Favreau's account @Jon_Favreau. The Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, »
- Alex Billington
From the very first images to the debut teaser, Jon Favreau’s live-action update of The Jungle Book appears destined to blow audiences away. Stunning CGI components blend together seamlessly with the shenanigans of young actor Neel Sethi. And that’s before any of the film’s starry vocal cast enter the picture. So if those early promo tidbits left you gasping for more, fear not, as this new international trailer offers plenty of fresh footage.
Mowgli’s jungle jaunt is a familiar tale for most moviegoers, as it’s based on the original Disney outing which was itself an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories. Taking that into account, there’s bound to be inevitable familiarities between the two movies. And yet Favreau and his crew seem steadfast in their plans to rejuvenate the source material for new audiences. You might know where it’s headed, but if these previews persist, »
- Gem Seddon
Two weeks ago, we got an official look at Disney's The Jungle Book when the first trailer debuted. Today, JoBlo Trailers has uncovered an international trailer, which features new footage of Neel Sethi as the young Mowgli, although the video is dubbed in the Russian language. Still, you don't need to be fluent in Russian to enjoy these new scenes in this highly-anticipated adaptation.
Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, »
Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
"We need more movies about dysfunctional families like we need more movies about the tortured inner lives of artists," begins Variety's Justin Chang, "which is all the more reason to be unexpectedly grateful for The Family Fang, a sharply drawn portrait of a dysfunctional, tortured artistic family that speaks affectingly to the troubled legacy that all parents inevitably bequeath to their children." Jason Bateman's followup to Bad Words stars himself, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Jason Butler Harner and Kathryn Hahn—and we're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »
The Sentinel was released in 1977 to a bit of controversy over director Michael Winner's decision to use real sideshow oddities for his film's conclusion—a move no filmmaker had the balls to do since Tod Browning in 1932's Freaks. Based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is a horror film anomaly, one that simply has to be seen to believe how truly insane it is.
The Sentinel centers on a fashion model who moves into an apartment building that happens to be a portal to Hell. The portal is secretly guarded by deprived priests and occupied by eccentric neighbors who like to host extravagant birthday parties for their pet cats, as well as a mute Beverly D'Angelo who expresses her sexuality during an awkward visit with her new neighbor over friendly morning coffee.
- Sean McClannahan
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Sentinel (Scream Factory) Alison Parker (Cristina Raines) is a model living the model life in New York City who’s just found the perfect apartment. Sure her new neighbors are a bit eccentric including a talkative old man (Burgess Meredith), a public masturbator (Beverly D’Angelo), and a blind priest (John Carradine). Her life begins to crumble when she begins seeing and hearing things that should be impossible, and the closer she and her boyfriend (Chris Sarandon) get to the truth the closer they get to an inevitable fate. This is a rare horror film that uses its religious plot line to explore ideas beyond demonic possessions, and the result is a film that stands apart from the crowd today. It’s a good story filled with solid scares, strong »
- Rob Hunter
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