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This Sixties-set piece sees Isaac head an ensemble cast as a New York Mayor, who faces a powder keg of social tension when he’s instructed by authorities to house minorities in white areas. Simon is renowned for tackling major issues on an unflinchingly honest level, so this project should be perfect for his writing talents.
Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Bob Balaban, Latanya Richardson-Jackson and Jim Belushi will share the screen with Isaac’s beleaguered official, and the director is Paul Haggis. It looks like the cable channel are pulling out all the stops with this one.
It’ll also provide a strong counterpoint to a forthcoming production featuring Isaac »
- Steve Palace
Created by Simon and directed by Paul Haggis, the six-part miniseries will explore the concepts of home, race and community while following the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats and citizens.
Set in Yonkers, N.Y., during the 1960s, the story is based off the book of the same name written by Lisa Belkin.
A young mayor (Oscar Isaac) is met with a federal court order forcing him to build low-income housing units in white neighborhoods. He grapples with this decision that can potentially tear his entire city apart and inadvertently end his political career.
- Mannie Holmes
Oscar Isaac stars in the upcoming HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero as Nicholas Wasicsko, the young mayor of Yonkers, New York. The six-part series is created by David Simon of The Wire and, less thrillingly, Paul Haggis of Crash, and is based on a nonfiction book of the same title by Lisa Belkin, which explored the racial strife that emerged in the late '80s when citizens protested a federally mandated public housing project in the predominantly white part of town. The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, Latanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, and Jim Belushi. Lots of angry white people will start yelling on August 16. »
- E. Alex Jung
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
This review contains spoilers.
6.9 Grifting 101
Full-on parodies have been in short supply this season and it's with some gusto that the latest episode lampoons 1973's Best Picture winner The Sting. Like the movie and the episode itself, this review will be about 20% hand-drawn. You should also probably play this in the background as you read...
Grifting 101 is the first episode of the season to find the students among our group - Abed, Annie, Britta, Chang and Elroy - actually going to class. Specifically, they're wound up about the titular class, where they expect to become master con-artists. Jeff is sceptical (and maybe a little jealous) which only spurs the group on further.
But when their double-dealing professor (played by the one and only Matt Berry) charges them $150 for »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
This is an urgent situation in which I explain that "Home Sweet Hell," the new Katherine Heigl/Patrick Wilson movie on DVD/Blu-Ray today, is essential viewing. For somebody. Spoiler: I have not seen the new Katherine Heigl/Patrick Wilson movie "Home Sweet Hell." It is my belief that I understand this film innately and shouldn't tarnish that connection with an actual viewing. It's about respect. Meanwhile I've examined the cover art of "Home Sweet Hell" and figured out every reason someone else must watch it. I'm stating the obvious here, but what a treat this is. Katherine Heigl is pointing a knife at her movie husband Patrick Wilson because after all, this home is a hell. Never forget that. Even these credits are scrumptious. Jim Belushi? As what, exactly? Do we think he plays "Home" or "Sweet"? The Jordana Brewster inclusion is troubling. Legally she can only star in the "Fast/Furious" movies, »
- Louis Virtel
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
She’s among the fresh faced talents that will have spilled over into the mainstream/indiestream after an attention grabbing perf at Sundance ’15 with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Olivia Cooke will topline, while James White‘s Christopher Abbott, veterans Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen will take on supporting player roles in Katie Says Goodbye –- the directorial debut from Wayne Roberts. THR reports that Borderline Films’ Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos and Josh Mond are exec producing and reteaming with James White producers Jacob Wasserman and Relic Pictures’ Eric Schultz (The Preppie Connection), alongside Kimberly Parker (The Adderall Diaries) and Carlo Sirtori. Moments away from lensing in New Mexico, Cinematographer Paula Huidobro (Paul Bettany’s Shelter) is also on board.
Gist: In hopes of leaving her small Arizona town, a 17 year-old waitress (Cooke) attempts to overcome the hardships of poverty by prostituting herself in order to »
- Eric Lavallee
As collaborators, Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos have been a formidable pair. Campos produced the Durkin-directed breakout "Martha Marcy May Marlene," while roles were reversed for Campos' directorial efforts "Simon Killer" and "Afterschool." And the pair put their producing powers behind recent Sundance film festival hit "James White." Clearly they've got taste and talent, and they are putting it to use once again, producing "Katie Says Goodbye." Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen will star in the drama about "a 17-year-old waitress, played by Cooke, who attempts to overcome the hardships of poverty by prostituting herself in order to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco." Wayne Roberts will direct with filming starting this month. [THR] Johnnie To always has several projects on the go at once, so here's another: he'll direct the heist thriller »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland have all joined the Irish action thriller "Pilgrimage" for Xyz Films. A seven-week shoot is set to commence next month on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes region of Belgium.
The story follows 13th century monks whose faith is tested when they escort a monastery's holiest relic to Rome. Brendan Muldowney will direct from a screenplay by Jamie Hannigan, while Conor Barry, John Keville and Benoit Roland will produce. [Source: Screen]
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
In the film, a series of misunderstandings has led chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York and dump them. Thorne will play Ashley. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Olivia Cooke, who moved Sundance as a teen with cancer in Grand Jury and Audience winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," is set to follow up her breakout role with "Katie Says Goodbye," a drama from the indie collective behind "Martha Marcy May Marlene." (THR has the full scoop.) Cooke will play the title character, a 17-year-old waitress who prostitutes herself in order to get by while pursuing greener pastures in San Francisco. She is joined by "The Killing" star Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi, Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Abbott, who also broke big out of Sundance as a self-destructive twenty-something in "James White." In the "Katie," Abbott plays Cooke's mechanic love interest, with Enos playing her unfit mother. The feature is set to begin shooting at the end of March in New Mexico. "James White" producers Sean Durkin, who directed "Martha Marcy," and "Simon Killer" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In her first deal since her breakout performance in the Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Olivia Cooke has signed on to star as the title character in Katie Says Goodbye, an indie drama overseen by the makers of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Joining Cooke in the feature are The Killing star Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen. Sean Durkin, the filmmaker who wrote and directed Martha Marcy May Marlene and its producer Antonio Campos and Josh Mond are exec producing Katie. (Durkin and Campos also produced James White, which starred Abbott and was
- Borys Kit
Hell is Where the Home Is : Burns’ Dismally Heavy-handed Dark Comedy
Playing like the crass, harebrained sister of Gone Girl’s infidelity issued ‘hell hath no fury’ treatment like a you-know-what, Anthony Burns’ sophomore feature, Home Sweet Hell plays like a watered down knock-off on all variable fronts. Broadly drawn, familiar scenarios littered with quirky supporting characters comprise this crude lump of a movie, hewn from the burnt stump of privileged suburban malaise, a dish once perfected now over baked into mutations of vulgar shock effect. Surprisingly, however, the very aspect of the film that works against its own appeal happens to be the sole point of enjoyment. But it’s not enough to make the film worthwhile.
Don Champagne (Patrick Wilson) runs a semi-successful furniture store, employing Les (James Belushi), and recently, one additional employee, Dusty (Jordana Brewster). But Don is definitely not the king of his own castle, »
- Nicholas Bell
Considering how often Katherine Heigl has been slammed for not being just another docile, eager-to-please female celebrity, it’s hard not to suspect that she might have relished the chance to play an unapologetically ball-busting shrew — a grotesquely exaggerated version of a stereotype she’s been assigned many times over. Indeed, Heigl’s performance as a coolly murderous model housewife is the only real reason to even consider watching “Home Sweet Hell,” an otherwise flailing and risible tale of adultery, extortion and suburban malaise that suggests a poor woman’s “Gone Girl” — one stripped of all tension, style and subtext, and instead rendered with a level of over-the-top gore that would give even David Fincher pause. Already out on VOD ahead of its March 13 theatrical release, this dismal stab at a darkly comic thriller is hardly the vehicle to resuscitate its lead actress’s bigscreen career, but it’s unlikely »
- Justin Chang
When under the thumb of Katherine Heigl, a man can only take so much...at least that's how it goes in "Home Sweet Hell," an upcoming black comedy which finds the "Grey's Anatomy" star making life hell for Patrick Wilson. Today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Anthony Burns ("Skateland") directs and Jordana Brewster and James Belushi co-star in the movie about a man whose affair with a co-worker takes a deadly turn when his wife finds out. With the other woman revealing she's pregnant, the man's wife will stop at nothing to ensure her life remains picture perfect. In the clip below, you can see Wilson trying his best to spark some kind of intimacy and stand up for himself, but Heigl is having none of it. After that, you can check out the first ten minutes of the movie. "Home Sweet Hell" is now available on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Little Shop of Horrors, 1986.
Directed by Frank Oz.
A little shop becomes exceptionally successful after flower shop assistant Seymour finds an alien plant. But the cost of fame, fortune and love may be a little too high…
In an era whereby Avenue Q and Book of Mormon dominate the musicals on the West End, we mustn’t forget the imaginative and darkly joyous cult favourite Little Shop of Horrors. In fact, Little Shop of Horrors boasts the master duo of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman penning the lyric and music respectively. These are the force that pulled Disney from the dumps and to the heights of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast only a few years later. Little Shop of Horrors is a feast to devour, and you’d be foolish not to give it a taste. »
- Simon Columb
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
There was one very special guest at Sunday's "Saturday Night Live" 40th Anniversary Celebration: The late Phil Hartman's daughter, Birgen Hartman. Now 23, the blonde stunner looked gorgeous in a black gown with nude cutouts. Birgen shared the photo above on her Instagram page before the event, saying she was "Ready to blind America with my paleness." She commented on the pic saying she wouldn't be hitting the stage for the show, but would be in the audience. Hartman, who was tragically killed by his wife Brynn in 1998, was remembered throughout the special on Sunday -- with clips of his most famous moments popping up in the various montages. Video: 10 Can't-Miss Moments from "SNL" Anniversary Special He was also honored during the In Memoriam segment, which was introduced by Bill Murray. We also got a glimpse of the legendary comic's audition for "SNL" during one of the night's best clips. »
- tooFab Staff
Some thoughts on last night's "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" coming up just as soon as I assume Jon Lovitz is dead... Last week, I wrote about the history of "SNL," which has been filled with incredible highs, uncomfortable lows, and a mixture of things that either didn't work or simply outlived their usefulness. Perhaps intentionally — Lorne Michaels used to joke that the word "uneven" would be on his tombstone — or perhaps because it's inherent to any three and a half hour special with this many moving pieces, the special was "SNL" in a microcosm. Much of it worked spectacularly well. Some of it was disappointing and/or puzzling. And the whole thing went on much longer than it probably should have. Unlike the show's previous anniversary specials, which were largely driven by clips and testimonials, the 40th was conceived of as a super-sized, all-star installment of the show itself, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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