12 items from 2017
Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in “Lucky,” an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that’s important. Scripters Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja wrote their screenplay (a scenario that is arrestingly allusive and rigorously precise, in the manner of an exceptionally well-crafted short story) with Stanton in mind as the title character, and they embellished their handiwork with Stanton-specific biographical detail. Long-time admirers of the iconic character actor would likely embrace this indie dramedy if it were nothing more than a hand-tooled star vehicle for a living legend. But “Lucky” is something a good deal more substantial than the cinematic equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. It’s also a stealthily affecting and unpretentiously thoughtful meditation on community and mortality, and existential dread and transcendence, in the form of a richly »
- Joe Leydon
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday
afternoon.The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.
1. “Song To Song”
In a major coup that »
- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday afternoon.
The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.
- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh
Dana Andrews movies: Film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured men at odds with their social standing, their sense of ethics, and even their romantic yearnings. Not infrequently, there was only a very fine line separating his (anti)heroes from most movie villains. »
- Andre Soares
Ahead of its Valentine’s Day premiere next month, Netflix has debuted a new poster and trailer for the upcoming comedy Girlfriend’s Day. Directed by Michael Paul Stephenson, the film stars Bob Odenkirk, Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., and Stacy Keach; take a look below…
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Write a card too clever, And someone might kill you!
Ever wonder who penned the perfect words to the Mother’s Day card you sent last year? Or the hilarious birthday card you gave your best friend? A master of words, that’s who.
In the Netflix original film, Girlfriend’s Day, director Michael Paul Stephenson (The American Scream) invites you to experience a clever and quirky story about love, loss and the worst place to get a paper cut. Meet Ray Wentworth (Bob Odenkirk), once a king of the wordsmith world, and now a down-on-his-luck romance card writer. »
- Amie Cranswick
"I hate optimistic people. They bum me out with their upbeat attitude." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a dark comedy called Girlfriend's Day, co-written by and starring Bob Odenkirk as a greeting card writer. The wacky plot involves Odenkirk getting entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday: Girlfriend's Day. It's described as a "clever and quirky story about love, loss and the worst place to get a paper cut." The full cast includes Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr, Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael, Andy Richter, Stephanie Courtney and Echo Kellum. This looks much darker and weirder than expected, but I'm not so sure about this one. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Michael Paul Stephenson's Girlfriend's Day, from Netflix's YouTube: Ever wonder who penned the perfect words to the Mother's Day card you sent last year? »
- Alex Billington
Ray Wentworth (Bob Odenkirk) is divorced, down on his luck and likes to watch bum fights, he was also once the greatest romance card writer ever.
In Netflix’s original film, “Girlfriend’s Day,” viewers will meet Ray and join him as he tries to recapture the feelings that once made him “the king of the wordsmith world” after California establishes a new holiday: Girlfriend’s Day. To commemorate the new special day, the state holds a contest to see who can write the most romantic card. As he searches for inspiration to pen the perfect poem, he unexpectedly gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit.
The comedy is written by Odenkirk, Philip Zlotorynski and Eric Hoffman and directed by Michael Paul Stephenson. The cast is rounded out by Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael and Andy Richter, among others. »
- Liz Calvario
<span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"></span>If you're dreading Valentine's Day this year, Netflix has just the thing for you to be excited about: Girlfriend's Day. The original movie may seem like a sweet love story on the surface, but the gritty and violent trailer reveals that it's actually pretty twisted. In the clip, Bob Odenkirk stars as a romance-card writer who looks for inspiration in the nation's newfound holiday, Girlfriend's Day, but ends up getting tangled in a web of murder and mystery instead. If that isn't enough to get your heart pumping, it also features Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Stacy Keach, and Rich Sommer. Watch the trailer above before the drama unfolds on Feb. 14. Related:12 Exciting New Shows That Will Have You Glued to Netflix All Through 2017 »
- Kelsie Gibson
Debbie Reynolds' family and close friends gathered together on Friday for the funeral of the legendary actress, just one day after Reynolds' daughter Carrie Fisher's private memorial service took place on Thursday.
Reynolds' granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, was once again present with her Scream Queens co-star, Taylor Lautner, as was Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher. Scream Queens stars Emma Roberts and Lea Michele were also spotted.
"The mood is very somber, friends and family are walking with their heads down and holding hands," an eyewitness at the funeral tells Et.
Watch: Celebrating Debbie Reynolds: A Look Back at the Film Legend's Most Iconic Roles
Reynolds' close friend, Ruta Lee, also spoke to Et about the "beautiful" and "quiet" funeral.
"It was beautiful, it was very quiet," Lee, who spoke at the funeral, says. "Today it focused a little bit more on Debbie, yesterday focused on Carrie. The two girls are being laid away in a beautiful »
Adam Driver appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday, where he talked about the death of the legendary actress. Driver's Star Wars character, Kylo Ren, was revealed to be the son of Princess Leia (Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
"As you can kind of tell from meeting her, she burns very bright and has such a great, very generous energy," Driver said. "For that suddenly not to be on set, or we're talking about it in publicity or just in life, when you kind of see her around at a Star Wars event, or anywhere, to have... her character -- not just her character in the movie, but her character missing from that very small unit -- is a tragedy."
Driver, 33, said »
Carrie Fisher's friends and family are coming together to mourn the late actress.
A private memorial for the Star Wars star was held on Thursday at her home in Beverly Hills, California, with Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Courtney Love, Ed Begley Jr. and Ellen Barkin in attendance alongside Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, and his wife. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, was joined by her Scream Queens co-star, Taylor Lautner.
Streep was among the first to arrive with an arrangement of white flowers in tow. Fisher's beloved dog, Gary, was also on hand as guests arrived.
Watch: 'Bright Lights' Director Says Carrie Fisher Was Caring for 'Ill' Debbie Reynolds During Filming of Documentary
As Et previously reported, Fisher, 60, was cremated earlier this week following her Dec. 27 death, after going into cardiac arrest aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight from London. At this time, Fisher's autopsy report has been placed on a security hold.
Just one day after Fisher's »
"It's morphin' time!" Funko has released a new line of Pop! vinyl figures and Pocket Pop! Keychains based on the upcoming Power Rangers movie! Also in today's Highlights: second season details for the On Story radio program, Drifter acquisition details, and Comet TV's January programming.
To celebrate the upcoming release of their all-new major motion picture, in theaters March 24th, 2017, the Power Rangers are getting fired up with Funko-fied fury!
Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason are coming soon to Pop! Vinyl and Pocket Pop! Keychains!
You can also collect the villainous Rita Repulsa, available exclusively at Hot Topic!
This winter, it's morphin' time!
Pop! Keychains: Power Rangers
Images via Funko:
On Story Radio Show Second Season Details: Press Release: "Austin, Texas - January 4, 2017 - Austin Film Festival (Aff), also known as "The Writers Festival, »
- Tamika Jones
12 items from 2017
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