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The contradiction in film criticism certainly does not go unnoticed. Sure, there are countless films that are praised and applauded for its excellence in quality and creativity. Unfortunately, the overlooked cinema fare that deserves just as much attention (more so than some of the recognized critically-acclaimed selections on an impressive selection of critics’ and moviegoers’ radars) get lost in the proverbial shuffle. It is simply the professional hazard of the movie industry because not every well-received and standout gem will get its rightful due come major awards season in Hollywood.
Just how many times have we as movie reviewers and/or movie fans become indignant when we realized that the special piece of entertainment we personally and critically cherished came up short and empty in expectations? Again, every smart kid in the classroom cannot get a gold star as we remain a competitive society in the world of celluloid superiority. »
- Frank Ochieng
“He has walked through centuries untouched by time.” Such is life for Dracula, but his dogged pursuer Van Helsing is always looking to leave him with time’s permanent scar of death. The fanged fiend and his resourceful hunter have been portrayed by numerous actors over the decades, with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier having played the duo in 1979. Now their portrayal of Dracula vs. Van Helsing is going to a higher definition with Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of 1979′s Dracula.
Dracula (1979) is getting its first North American Blu-ray release on September 2nd, flying into the night with a batch of bonus features that includes a feature-length commentary track.
Directed by John Badham, Dracula (1979) stars Frank Langella as the titular Count, Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing, Kate Nelligan as Lucy, Donald Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward (Lucy’s father), Jan Francis as Mina, and Trevor Eve as Jonathan Harker. »
- Derek Anderson
Leading up to the 2014 NFL Kickoff, Lionsgate will release the thrilling sports drama, Draft Day, on Digital HD beginning August 19, on Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View August 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 2. Starring sports movie icon and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (Best Picture and Best Director, Dances with Wolves, 1990; Bull Durham, Field of Dreams), written by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman, and directed by legendary director Ivan Reitman, the film was made in exclusive partnership with the NFL, allowing unprecedented access to the actual 2013 NFL Draft, an event drawing higher ratings than the playoffs for baseball, basketball and hockey.
Featuring an all-star cast including Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club), Denis Leary (The Amazing Spider-Man), Frank Langella (Superman Returns), Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski), Sean Combs (Monster's Ball), Terry Crews (The Expendables franchise), Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (feature »
VOD & Digital Release Date: Aug. 29, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Not many other events in the sporting world generate as much excitement, prediciton and anticipation than NFL draft day, so it’s no surprise that staple sports actor Kevin Costner’s (Bull Durham) in the movie.
Draft Day looks into the high-stakes world of the NFL Draft and shows how the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams can be changed forever on that one single day.
Costner stars as General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. who controls the number one pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella, Muppets Most Wanted) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary, The Amazing Spider-Man), Sonny faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he go with the consensus or trust his instincts and risk losing it all?
Written by first-time feature film scripters »
When Michael Haffner reviewed Draft Day here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote: “A sign of a good sports film is if the audience enthusiastically cheers during a film like a crowd at a live sporting event. That’s exactly what happened when I went to see Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day. The theater was into every second as the film counted down the minutes to the big event.” (Read the rest of Michael’s review Here)
Leading up to the 2014 NFL Kickoff, Lionsgate will release the thrilling sports drama, Draft Day, on Digital HD beginning August 19, on Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View August 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 2. Starring sports movie icon and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Best Picture and Best Director, Dances with Wolves, 1990; Bull Durham, Field of Dreams), written by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman, »
- Tom Stockman
For many actors, playing even just a small role in an illustrious franchise such as Star Trek is a highlight of their career. Idolised celebrities including Tom Morello and Seth MacFarlane, and even King Abdullah bin al-Hussein of Jordan consider their briefest of appearances to be among their happiest of moments.
Whilst it is fair to say that anyone who has graced Star Trek with their presence would describe it as a proud achievement, there are also those from whom it was just one part in a distinguished career. Whether they had yet to make it when they made their appearance, or were chosen because of their renowned career, there are those with resumes so impressive that even Star Trek can be overshadowed.
- Ian Coomber
Q: You’ve worked in various artistic media, but The Time Being marks your debut as the writer/director of a feature film. What was the inspiration behind the script?
A: I was right in the middle of pre-production on another film in Paris and the financing fell apart for the third time. I had packed up my family from Los Angeles to Paris. The night that the project was shut down, I started to write this script. I needed to deal with my creative frustrations in a productive manner. My intention with The Time Being was to create something that I could make for almost zero money. I wanted to deal with themes that I was facing, what it means to be a father, what it means to be a husband, and what kind of repercussions of career decisions »
- Gary Collinson
IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to writer/director Victor Levin's debut film, the heartfelt romance "5 to 7," which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival to mixed reviews. "Sumptuous and romantic in an attractively old-fashioned way," wrote The Hollywood Reporter. "Sappy and painfully jejune," wrote The Playlist. In "5 to 7," an aspiring young writer named Brian, played by Anton Yelchin ("Like Crazy") meets Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), a French diplomat's wife, outside of the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan. The two begin a passionate May-December love affair, and Brian begins to yearn for more than just the hours of five to seven to spend with his new beloved. Frank Langella and Glenn Close also star as Brian's parents. Levin, a TV and film writer, has worked as a co-executive producer on "Mad Men," as show runner of "Mad About You" (for which he shared a Golden Globe) and as »
- Jacob Combs
The Time Being, 2012.
Written and Directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain.
A struggling artist meets his mysterious and wealthy benefactor hoping to gain a commission. As their relationship unfolds, he realises that all may not be well.
From the trailer for this film, it’s hard to know what to expect. Is it going to be a tense cat and mouse thriller? How about a moody reflection on how artists endure scorn and ridicule before they’re celebrated? Or is it simply a feel good film about a man and his many struggles? In short, it’s none of the above.
What we end up watching is the emotionless tale of an artist trying to be successful. I say emotionless purely because pf the fact that rather than feeling angry, sad or happy while watching this, I simply felt apathy and a skulking sense of boredom. »
- Gary Collinson
The film premiered at Tribeca and tells of an aspiring writer’s affair with the wife of a diplomat. IFC brokered the deal with CAA and Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The NYC-based distributor has acquired writer-director Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy that premiered at Tribeca in April. IFC Films hasn’t set a U.S. release date for 5 To 7, which stars Anton Yelchin as an aspiring novelist who has an affair with a French diplomat’s wife (Berenice Marlohe). Cultures, worldviews, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens. Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close co-star in the film produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis for Mockingbird Pictures, Sam Englebardt and William Johnson for Demarest Films. Executive producers are David Greathouse, Ruth Mutch and Benjamin and Theresa […] »
Producers are Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis for Mockingbird Pictures, Sam Englebardt and William Johnson for Demarest Films; exec producers are David Greathouse, Ruth Mutch, and Benjamin and Theresa Castellano-Wood.
Yelchin portrays an aspiring novelist who has an affair between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the beautiful wife (Marlohe) of a French diplomat.
Variety’s Peter Debruge said in his review at Tribeca that “5 to 7″ was “refreshingly articulate.”
Levin’s TV credits include being »
- Dave McNary
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Victor Levin's romantic dramedy “5 to 7,” which premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, the company announced Tuesday. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. “5 to 7” was produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis for Mockingbird Pictures and Sam Englebardt and William Johnson for Demarest Films. The film was executive produced by David Greathouse, Ruth Mutch and Benjamin and Theresa Castellano-Wood. Also read: Voltage to Finance Joe Dante's ‘Burying the Ex’ Starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene (Exclusive) Set in New York, »
- Jeff Sneider
The deal was made two months after the film premiered at Tribeca.
The lead character is an aging dancer, choreographer and teacher whose life in New York is interrupted by a Seattle couple who want to interview him for her thesis.
Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a mixed review.
- Dave McNary
Mooted as the “Star Wars on the 80s” by the outlandish producing team of Golan and Globus at Cannon Films, 1987′s Masters of the Universe may well have worked under different circumstances. With Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren in the lead, and flanked by Frost/Nixon’s Frank Langella, future Friends’ star Courtney Cox, Meg Foster and 80’s stalwart James Tolkan, the first attempt to bring He-Man to the big screen certainly had some promising ingredients.
Sadly, the finished product annoyed more than it pleased. Masters of the Universe is today considered a flop by most in film circles, grossing just $17 million in a year that saw Three Man and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Dirty Dancing strike it rich. But what many don’t know is how much a struggle Masters was to make for its director Gary Goddard (who never directed a feature »
- Scott Davis
Parts Per Billion tells the story of three couples forced to make life-altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war that threatens to destroy the human race. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len, Mia, Andy, Esther, Anna and Erik are as flawed and beautiful as any of the billions who are facing this human-made biological disaster. An end of the world drama starring Rosario Dawson, Frank Langella, Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, and Alexis Bledel, Millennium Entertainment released Parts Per Billion on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Check out our exclusive clip which finds Rosario Dawson and Josh Hartnett discussing the possiblity of having children sometime in the near future.
Parts Per Billion was released June 3rd, 2014 and stars Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Penn Badgley, Gena Rowlands, Frank Langella, Conor Leslie. The film is directed by Brian Horiuchi. »
In our rundown of The 6 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Moments From Cannes Opener "Grace Of Monaco," Jessica Kiang noted the appearance of Alfred Hitchcock, as played by Roger Ashton-Griffiths, as one of them. "He’s Hitchcock, see, so obviously he’ll never manage to get through a single sentence without shoehorning in a reference to one of his films, or some sort of life lesson delivered as an opaque nod to the craft of filmmaking," she wrote and in this new clip from the movie, you can sorta see what she means. International distributors Warner Bros. have dropped a handful of new scenes from the movie, and while critics were quite hard on the film, it doesn't quite look a disaster (though it still doesn't look very good other). We get a sequence between Kidman's Grace Kelly and her (as our review describes it) "Catholic sensei" as played by Frank Langella. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are countless missed opportunities in Grace of Monaco, a sponsorship deal with Ferrero Rocher being chief among them. Like the choccies doled out by that cheapnik ambassador, this portrait of Grace Kelly 'the royal years' aspires to refinement and class when, in reality, it's just an afternoon sugar buzz for bored housewives. No wonder the Cannes glitterati turned up their noses, but you don't have to be a connoisseur to know this is a pile of Nutella.
What was Nicole Kidman thinking? For one thing she is two decades too old to be playing Grace Kelly from the late '50s to early '60s (the star was only 26 when she went from Hollywood's High Society to the House of Grimaldi). Kidman does »
The drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month and will open in the UK on June 6. »
Its title is terrible, but the romantic drama The Driftless Area is fast gathering an incredible cast. Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel are set to star, while John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Alia Shawkat and Aubrey Plaza will lend support. Reporting out of the Cannes Film Festival, THR revealed that Aubrey Plaza is the latest addition to the cast. The Driftless Area is currently seeking distribution while its director, Zachary Sluser, shoots the film in Vancouver. Following a string of short films, The Driftless Area marks Zachary Sluser's directorial debut. The drama is based on a novel by Tom Drury, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Sluser. Check out the official synopsis for the novel The Driftless Area below: "Set in the rugged region of the Midwest that gives the novel its title, The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a »
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