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Stephen Gyllenhaal is directing from a script by Garry Williams, which chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leave the safety of her home life with her mentally challenged mother (Collins) and agoraphobic neighbor, portrayed by Woodard.
Production is set to begin July 13 in Los Angeles.
- Dave McNary
Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part II
By Alex Simon
One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.
Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.
Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:
1. Massacre at Central High (1976)
- The Hollywood Interview.com
DreamWorks Animation is expanding the voice cast for The Croods 2, its upcoming sequel to the 2013 animated hit, with news that Leslie Mann (This is 40) and Kat Dennings (Thor: The Dark World) will lend their voices to new characters.
Mann will portray the matriarch of an upscale family that winds up in a rivalry with the titular caveman family and their human companion. Dennings, meanwhile, will play the frustrated daughter of that new family, who yearns to hunt but is consistently suppressed by her “civilized” parents.
The key players are all back for this follow-up, including Nicolas Cage as the Croods’ patriarch Grug, Catherine Kenner as mother Ugga, feisty daughter Eep (Emma Stone), luggish son Thunk (Clark Duke), ferocious grandma Gran (Cloris Leachman) and Ryan Reynolds as human companion Guy. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders are once again writing and directing.
- Isaac Feldberg
By Todd Garbarini
Cy Howard’s 1970 film Lovers and Other Strangers, which stars Bea Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Anne Jackson, Diane Keaton, and Cloris Leachman, celebrates it’s 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 104-minute comedy on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Scheduled to appear in person are actress Bonnie Bedelia, Cloris Leachman and the Oscar-nominated co-writers Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor for a post-screening Q&A with film critic Stephen Farber.
From the press release:
Lovers And Other Strangers was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1970 and won the Oscar for best original song, "For All We Know." This sharp and poignant comedy examines the relationships of a dozen characters involved in preparing for a family wedding. The superb ensemble cast includes Oscar winners Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, and Diane Keaton (in her first »
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“Yet if you should forget me for a whileAnd afterwards remember, do not grieveFor if the darkness and corruption leaveA vestige of the thoughts that once we hadBetter by far you should forget and smileThan that you should remember and be sad.”—Christina Rossetti, Remember (1862)An opening title card from director Thom Andesen’s new feature film, The Thoughts That Once We Had, directly identifies the cinematic writings of philosopher Gilles Deleuze as the project's primary subject and inspiration. Deleuze’s two volumes on film, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image (1983) and Cinema 2: The Time-Image (1985), are today synonymous with a certain modernist school of thought that, while integrated in academia to such a degree as to be all but understood, remains quite radical. Unquestionably dense and provocatively pedantic, the French empiricist’s filmic texts integrate an array of theories and conceptualizations into a fairly delineated taxonomy, and are therefore fairly conducive »
- Jordan Cronk
Highland Film Group (Hfg) has come on to handle sales on animated family adventure Savva and biopic Lamotta: The Bronx Bull.
Gregory Poirier wrote the screenplay and Aleksandr Chistyakov produces the tale of a child who teams up with a scratch team of animals to protect a village from a pack of hyenas led by a three-headed monkey.
Martin Guigui’s Lamotta: The Bronx Bull recounts the life of legendary boxer Jake Lamotta and stars William Forsythe, Paul Sorvino, Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Cloris Leachman, Joe Mantegna and Natasha Henstridge.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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
Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.
Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.
Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »
- Melissa Thompson
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »
- Dave McNary
“These guys can not be my groomsmen. It looks like the entire cast of Goonies grew up and became rapists!”
When Jim Batts reviewed The Wedding Ringer here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote: “…….First time feature director Jeremy Garelik tries to give the flick a frenzied pace by quickly cutting in for close-ups constantly, which never exhilarates, but merely exhausts the viewer. Every bit of business is hammered home, with little room for characterization. Subtlety? No way! No time! Got to get to the next big “gut-buster”…..(read all of Jim’s review Here)
I didn’t see The Wedding Ringer when it played theatrically, but after catching up with it on Blu-ray, I’d have to say I liked it a bit better than Jim did, but of course I watched it at home as opposed to a theater full of people who may or may have not been laughing. »
- Tom Stockman
“Girl Meets World” fans don’t have to wait too long for the return of Riley, Cory and the rest of the gang.
Disney Channel has set Monday, May 11, for the season-two premiere of “Boy Meets World” spinoff “Girl Meets World,” Variety has learned. As an additional treat, one new episode of the show will debut each night May 12-15, totaling five new episodes throughout the week.
The May 15 episode will likely especially intrigue “Boy Meets World” fans, as it marks the return of Cory Matthews’ brother Eric. Will Friedle will make his first guest appearance on the show on that episode.
The season premiere, which guest stars Cloris Leachman, follows Riley and Maya as they embark on a new year at John Quincy Adams Middle School and are eager to transfer out of Cory’s class. The change, however, doesn’t offer the excitement and independence they hoped it would. »
- Alex Stedman
While romcoms and black comedies may have more sophisticated plots, satires are the films that guarantee us the most laughs. Sometimes you want permission to laugh at movies rather than with them, and satires remind you that familiar movie conventions are strange and sometimes hilarious. We just noticed that one of our all-time favorite Mel Brooks movies has hit Netflix, so without further ado, let's celebrate this nutty genre. "Airplane!": Insanity at 20,000 Feet The bawdy sight gags and astounding one-liners of "Airplane!" run together in a nonstop medley, but I'd like to point out another highpoint of this disaster satire: You can't pick a single Mvp in the ensemble. Every actor is perfectly cast and perfectly effing weird. Robert Hays is stone-eyed and slyly ridiculous. Julie Hagerty is a wide-eyed cuckoo. Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen Stucker, Barbara Billingsley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even Maureen McGovern (as the singing nun, »
- Louis Virtel
The show involves a boy named Finn and his best friend Jake the Dog as they protect the citizens of the Land of Ooo from foes of various shapes and sizes, including Evil Guy (voiced by Mark Hamill) and Marceline the Vampire Queen (Cloris Leachman).
No details just yet on a director, plot or when to expect the film, as this is breaking news, but will update as more comes in.
The post What time is it? ‘Adventure Time’ being made into a movie appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Brian Welk
“When I was working on ‘Lost,’ I shadowed a few directors because it was something that I was interested in, but it wasn’t the kind of series where a newcomer could just hop on. It was very complicated,” Kim tells Variety of his decision to direct.
“I just watched and learned, and when ‘Hawaii Five-0′ came along, once we had a few seasons under our belt, I thought it was the right time to ask. Thankfully, CBS and (exec producer) Peter Lenkov were kind enough to give me a shot,” Kim says. “It’s a combination of having the desire and getting the opportunity.”
The actor-turned-director, who also has multiple pilots in development with his production company 3Ad, tells Variety about »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Perhaps Hawaii Five-0‘s unseen therapist should just wave the white flag and let Steve and Danny agree to disagree?
Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?
In the above sneak peek from tonight’s episode (CBS, 9/8c), Five-0’s top cops are subject to another round of therapy, just as they were in the Season 5 premiere. This time around, the topics at hand include someone’s “control” issues and the other’s tendency to be “overly sensitive.”
And on the heels of Danny paying his partner a compliment (of sorts?), there’s the matter of Steve response in a bothersome, »
Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).
In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully »
- Frank Ochieng
The night doesn’t end when the final Oscar is handed out. In fact, the party is just getting started as stars and execs exit the Dolby Theater, heading to a flurry of post-awards celebrations, including the Governors Ball, the Vanity Fair Party, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party and more. See below for an insider timeline of the festivities.
4:00 p.m. Elton John and David Furnish arrive at John’s 23rd annual AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party. The musician rocks red specs while Furnish shows off golden footwear. The theme of the night is “just straight music,” says John.
- Variety Staff
They’ve proven to be among the most popular kids series on Prime Instant Video, and all four of them were recently honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Today Amazon announced that it has greenlit second seasons of its hit kids series: Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and recent Annie Award winner Tumble Leaf.
“Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy, Annedroids and Gortimer have all experienced a tremendous response from our customers and we’re excited to bring them back for another season,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios. “Working with such remarkably talented and impactful creators in both the preschool and kids six to 11 space, it’s exciting to see where the storylines and characters will take us for another season.”
The Wedding Ringer, 2015.
Directed by Jeremy Garelick.
Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.
In a week which saw long-running NBC show Saturday Night Live celebrate its 40th anniversary as the staple of American comedy, it seems apt that a comedy starring Kevin Hart, who auditioned for the show a few years back similarly to Jim Carrey and Zach Galifianakis, is released. Like Ride Along and Think Like A Man, The Wedding Ringer relies heavily of Hart’s usual charm and comedic talents to carry a somewhat mediocre concept through to box office glory, but with a less than stellar box office take in the Us thus far (the No. »
- Scott J. Davis
Recently,CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hawaii Five O" episode 17 of season 5. The episode is called, "Kuka'awale (Stakeout)," and it turns out that we're going to see some interesting stuff go down when McGarrett and Danny hit up an intense stakeout scene, and try to repair their relationship simultaneously, and more. In the new, 17th episode press release: McGarrett and Danny are going to work on their relationship while they stakeout a woman's apartment after she escapes following a diamond robbery. Press release number 2: McGarrett and Danny will work on their relationship while they stakeout a woman's apartment after she escapes following a diamond robbery. Series star ,Daniel Dae Kim, makes his directorial debut. Max Weinberg, Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman, Charlie Saxton, Jon Lovitz and Jessica Lowndes guest star. Other guest stars feature: Cloris Leachman (Ruth Tennenbaum), Jon Lovitz (Barry Burns), Charlie Saxton »
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