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Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week our team of critics accept the spy games, insane stunts and insaner ab-flashing of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation; hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon's pot-holed road comedy Hot Pursuit; scream through the desert with Michael Douglas in Beyond The Reach; and watch Adam Sandler search for soul in supernatural shoe drama The Cobbler
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- Presented by Xan Brooks, with Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes. Produced by Andrea Salvatici
In an excerpt from this week's Guardian film show, Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, a comedy in which Witherspoon plays an uptight cop that must escort the boisterous wife of Colombian drug lord across Texas. Produced by Witherspoon's Type A production company, Hot Pursuit is released in the UK on Friday 31 July Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Richard Sprenger, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici
Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week our team of critics accept the spy games, insane stunts and insaner ab-flashing of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation; hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon's pot-holed road comedy Hot Pursuit; scream through the desert with Michael Douglas in Beyond The Reach; and watch Adam Sandler search for soul in supernatural shoe drama The Cobbler Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici
Hot Pursuit is a half baked attempt at a comic version of a Thelma and Louise-style female buddy movie. Reese Witherspoon mugs it up shamelessly as Cooper, a hapless, pint-sized Texan police officer assigned to escort a Mexican mobster’s wife to a court case in Dallas where she and her husband will give testimony against a notorious drug lord. »
Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) is to pay tribute to Canadian director Atom Egoyan, who will receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to film.
The festival will screen three of his films: Exotica (1994), set in and around a fictional strip club; Cannes award-winner The Sweet Hereafter (1997); and Ararat (2002), a drama about the Armenian genocide.
Egoyan, who was born to Armenian parents in Egypt but moved to Canada aged two, has directed more than a dozen features, several TV projects, and shorts.
Following critical acclaim and accolades for Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat, his films of the past decade have included crime drama Where The Truth Lies, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon; true crime drama Devil’s Knot, again with Firth and Reese Witherspoon; and thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds.
Egoyan’s latest feature, Remember, starring »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Director: Anne Fletcher; Screenwriter: David Feeney, John Quaintance; Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, Robert Kazinsky; Running time: 87 mins; Certificate: 12A
Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are on the lam in Hot Pursuit, an oestrogen-fuelled odd couple comedy that runs out of steam very early on. Director Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Guilt Trip) drags it out with one or two jokes that revolve around the height difference and the fact that both women talk kinda funny. That's a shame because the chemistry between the two is fairly good, and perhaps could have caught fire with better material.
Witherspoon gamely offers herself as the unsexy one, a neurotic by-the-book cop in sensible shoes who is tasked with hauling state's witness, Daniella Riva (played in typical hypersexual style by Vergara) across Texas - along with her trunkful of designer heels. Riva is set to testify against a Colombian »
It's hard to imagine anyone playing Elle Woods other than Reese Witherspoon. The Legally Blonde role is one of the performances that put the eventual Oscar winner on the map, after all. Apparently, Christina Applegate shied away from the opportunity to play the role, and though it sounds like she has mixed feelings about passing on the part, she also had a specific reason. If you're familiar with her Married... With Children character, you may be able to guess why... Christina Applegate spoke on the subject with ETOnline, and from what the Vacation star says, she was afraid of repeating herself after Married... With Children. The script came along my way and it was right after I had just finished, Married [With Children], and it was a blonde who in that first script is dimwitted but ends up going to Yale, or Harvard, I don.t remember. But I was »
--Kelly Rutherford snuck in some quality time with her daughter, Helena, in the midst of her ongoing custody battle at the Blushington Grand Opening party in NYC. --Jason Aldean took the stage during his co-headlining tour with Kenny Chesney and played to thousands of fans including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Reese Witherspoon, and Vince Vaughn at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. --Justin Bieber and two dancer buddies enjoyed drinks and rehearsed some new dance moves at the Sunset Strip hot spot Barrel Room in L.A. --Tori Spelling and [...] »
Update: Applegate clarified her comments on Twitter this morning. To clarify I did not pass on that movie. The script came my way. It was never offered to me. Gotta clear that up. — christina applegate (@1capplegate) July 29, 2015 Christina Applegate has some movie regrets. The actress opened up about some of the mistakes she's made in her acting career while chatting with Entertainment Tonight at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest flick, "Vacation." While the blonde beauty has continued to steal the big and small screens since her breakout role playing Kelly Bundy for 10 years on "Married ... with Children," there is one part in particular she wishes she didn't pass up -- playing Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." "The script came along my way and it was right after I had just finished, 'Married [...with Children],' and it was a blonde who in that first script didn't win it but ends up going to Yale, »
- tooFab Staff
When two women at the top of their fields unite for a movie that plays to their obvious comedy strengths, led by a female director with a proven track record in the female comedy genre, you have to wonder through an excruciating 87 minutes of film, if they knew they were making one of the most unfunny, dull, offensive, cringe-inducing movies to come out of Hollywood in a very long time. Bringing one of TV’s most flamboyant stars and one of Hollywood’s top actresses together must have looked good on paper but Sophia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon flounder in a script that denies them the chance to use their strengths. It’s hard to know who comes off worse. The Oscar-winning Witherspoon plays the uptight, by-the-book Officer Cooper as a Southern cocktail of one part Calamity Jane to two parts Miss Congeniality’s Gracie Lou Freebush. So far so kooky, »
- email@example.com (Clare Daly)
On the heels of critical acclaim for her role in Wild (2014), Reese Witherspoon has chosen to not only produce but share top billing in the most paltry female-led comedy this year. Hot Pursuit has all of the trappings for success but what is delivered to audiences is nothing but a collection of serious misfires.
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- Allie Gemmill
Sophia Vergara and Reece Witherspoon in Hot Pursuit
The trailers for this new comedy from Warner Brothers did promised big things, and I giggled all of the way through each one of them, but I didn’t once laughduring Hot Pursuit.
The plot of Hot Pursuit is simple. Reese Witherspoon is a disgraced policewoman working the evidence room at her local precinct, who, following a few years being punished in the bowels of a San Antonio police department following a botched arrest, is given a shot at the bigger time by escorting Sophia Vergara’s crime witness across state to Dallas. As you may expect, things don’t go according to plan, and much hilarity ensues. Or so you’d hope from this mid-budgeted comedy fare from seasoned comedy helmer Anne Fletcher, »
- Paul Heath
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015…
It was Joy at the UK box office for Disney this past weekend, as Pixar’s Inside Out topped the chart with an opening weekend of £7,376,513, while Marvel’s Ant-Man enjoyed a healthy second weekend of £2.52 million to leave its UK haul just short of £10 million after ten days on release.
Aside from Inside Out, only one other newcomer managed to make an impact in the top ten, with the Antoine Fuqua-helmed boxing drama Southpaw claiming fourth palce with £1,662,296 and giving star Jake Gyllenhaal his best opening on these shores since 2006’s Jarhead.
Number one this time last year: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
1. Inside Out, £7,376,513 weekend (New)
2. Ant-Man, £2,520,129 weekend; £9,616,486 total (2 weeks)
3. Minions, £2,268,007 weekend; £37,097,156 total (5 weeks)
4. Southpaw, £1,662,296 weekend (New)
5. Jurassic World, £1,004,125 weekend; £61,500,833 total (7 weeks)
6. Ted 2, £729,103 weekend; £8,754,916 total (3 weeks)
7. Terminator Genisys, »
- Gary Collinson
Related: Reese Witherspoon: behind-the-scenes revival of Hollywood’s unlikely feminist
Such a shame about Hot Pursuit: critically lambasted, branded with a shameful 8% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes, and swiftly frogmarched from the Us multiplexes after barely recouping its $35m budget, this lifeless retread of 48Hrs and/or Midnight Run wastes two immensely likable performers, Sofía Vergara and Reese Witherspoon.
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- John Patterson
Snoop Dogg isn't pleased about his most recent run-in with the law. The 43-year-old rapper was arrested Saturday in Sweden, following his concert. Police pulled his car over when they suspected that he was intoxicated, The Guardian reports. "Police carrying out roadside controls noticed that Snoop Dogg seemed to be under the influence of narcotics," a police spokesperson told The Guardian. "He was arrested and taken to the police station to take a urine test." Read More Stars Behaving Badly: From Justin Bieber to Reese Witherspoon, Hollywood's Recent Mugshots "The incident lasted several minutes,
- Ryan Gajewski
This week, Selena Gomez celebrates her birthday in style, Josh Duhamel shares the cutest photo of his son with Fergie, and Lindsay Lohan looks gorgeous in her latest selfie! Also: Kendra Wilkinson's got herself a little soccer stud, Tia Mowry's son is almost as tall as she is and "Vanderpump Rules" star Jax Taylor takes a sexy photo with his new gorgeous girlfriend. Plus, Lady Gaga looks stunning in her latest menswear look, Nina Dobrev flaunts her hot beach bod with her equally attractive girlfriends and Reese Witherspoon's son Tennessee is so big now! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb candids in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Reese Witherspoon will receive the 29th annual American Cinematheque Award at a gala this fall, the American Cinematheque announced on Thursday. The award will be presented at an event taking place on Friday, October 30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. Other participants, which will include many of Witherspoon’s co-stars and friends, will be announced at a later date. Witherspoon was nominated for an Academy Award for “Wild” this year, and won that award for “Walk the Line” in 2006. Her other films include “Election,” “Legally Blonde,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Mud” and “Inherent Vice.” Also Read: Reese Witherspoon. »
- Steve Pond
Reese Witherspoon is set to receive the 29th American Cinematheque award at the organization's annual black-tie benefit gala on Friday, October 30 in the ballroom of La's Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Witherspoon was unanimously chosen by the Cinematheque board for her work as an actress, and as a producer under her Pacific Standard production banner, which she founded with Bruna Papandrea in 2012. This year, she was Oscar-nominated for her performance as Cheryl Strayed in the redemption drama "Wild." Witherspoon, who recently launched her own retail brand, took the 2006 Best Actress Academy Award for her steely portrayal of June Carter Cash. Read More: Recipe for a Successful Cinematheque Ball: Matthew McConaughey Last year's American Cinematheque award went to Witherspoon's "Mud" costar Matthew McConaughey. Recent honorees include Julia Roberts (2007), Samuel L. Jackson (2008), Matt Damon (2010), Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2013) and Jerry »
- Ryan Lattanzio
American Cinematheque said that Reese Witherspoon will receive the organization’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Oscar-winning actress will be honored at Cinematheque's annual benefit gala Friday, October 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City. The ceremony will include tributes from Witherspoon’s friends and colleagues, with participants to be announced closer to the event. The award is given to filmmakers “who [are] fully engaged in his or her work,” and… »
The American Cinematheque will honor Reese Witherspoon with its annual award Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the org announced today.
Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman said: “Reese Witherspoon’s career is a perfect example of an actress flourishing in today’s world. She achieved commercial success early in comedies like ‘Election,’ ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and then added major critical success to her resume with movies such as ‘Walk the Line,’ for which she received the Academy award for best actress. She has refused to be limited to only certain types of roles and has continued to impress with her varied choices, ranging from smaller roles in dramas such as ‘Mud’ to a tour-de-force, Oscar-nominated performance last year in ‘Wild.’ She is an active and successful »
- Shalini Dore
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