9 items from 2015
"Lost in the Awards Rush" is a new weekly series Slackerwood is running during the awards season, to suggest lesser-known but excellent alternatives to popular frontrunners for big movie awards.
Upon its Broadway debut in 1987, Into the Woods was praised as an innovative, dark, bold and musically astounding work that, to this day, remains unequaled. Naturally, a movie version had to follow of this re-imagining of classic fairy tales and what happens after "happily ever after." Though there were plans for a Rob Reiner-directed movie adaptation featuring Cher, Goldie Hawn, Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in the early '90s, that sadly fell apart -- the notion of bringing a project so well regarded and towering in both story and scope seemed virtually impossible.
Enter Rob Marshall, who successfully brought Chicago (2002) (another seemingly un-adaptable Broadway sensation) to the screen and had set out to work similar wonders with what »
- Frank Calvillo
One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time is When Harry Met Sally. It's classic, timeless and delivers the perfect depiction of friendship between the opposite sexes, dating and relationships. And while countless films have tried to duplicate the brilliance of director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Eprhon, many of them fall tragically short. But thankfully, we have Sleeping with Other People from Bachelorette writer and director Leslye Headland, and this is hopefully as close as we'll get to what is essentially a remake of the aforementioned 1989 romantic comedy staple. But the film has a style and attitude all its own. Headland herself describes the film as When Harry Met Sally for assholes, and since the story follows Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie), two people who have problems committing to relationships and cheat to get out of them, that's pretty damn accurate. They meet in college and »
- Ethan Anderton
The Comedians, which takes a behind the scenes look at a veteran comedian (Crystal) paired with a much younger up-and-comer (Gad) for a late-night sketch comedy show, also stars Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson.
Crystal stars and serves as exec producer/writer on the project, which was handed a 13-episode series order early last year, alongside Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Ben Wexler. Charles directed the pilot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Gameblend Studios has released a new mobile game based upon the beloved 1987 comedy The Princess Bride, which allows gamers the opportunity to relive memorable scenes from the Rob Reiner-directed movie across four distinct minigames:
– Survive the Shrieking Eels!
– Climb the Cliffs of Insanity!
– Sword duel with Inigo!
– Wrestle your favorite Giant!
Check out the trailer here…
The Princess Bride – The Official Game is available now on iOS.
The post The Princess Bride mobile game available now, watch the trailer here appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Elizabeth Kaltman, a senior PR executive at the Walt Disney Studios, died at her home on Saturday, after a two-year battle with colon cancer. She was 41.
A native of Los Angeles, Kaltman joined Disney in 2011, as director of global communications, after having spent five years as VP of communications at the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
Before that, Kaltman also held positions in L.A. city government, serving as communications director for City Council member Wendy Greuel and as a top press aide to Mayor James K. Hahn.
Kaltman is survived by her husband, Adam Barondess, and daughter, Lucy.
Details of a memorial will provided soon by her family.
- Variety Staff
Jennifer Aniston was the guest of honor at a special lunch hosted by Arianna Huffington in La on Tuesday. The gathering was in celebration of Jennifer's highly acclaimed role in Cake, which recently garnered her nominations for Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics' Choice Movie awards. During the party, which was held at Arianna's home, Jennifer had the support of her fiancé, Justin Theroux, as well as her close friend Chelsea Handler and former Friends costar Lisa Kudrow. The event also brought out Salma Hayek, Nia Vardalos, and director Rob Reiner. Jen and Justin are back in La after ringing in the New Year in Mexico with a crew of couples that included John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney, and Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky. Most recently, Jen made headlines with her candid comments to InStyle magazine about her divorce from Brad Pitt and how her life »
Charting a course through heavy court battles, hate demonstrations and a few sweet victories, Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary “The Case Against 8″ made a stop at TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series on Monday in Los Angeles.
Cotner and White brought the film’s subjects, plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami in the landmark case to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, composer Blake Neely and editor Katie Amend to the Landmark Theaters for a screening and Q&A moderated by TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman.
- Matt Donnelly
'Selma' movie review: Politically salient in the early 21st century and 'beautiful in all the ways of cinema' (photo: David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma') The title of director Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma tells us what the film is about, while implying what it isn't about. In other words, Selma is not about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- wonderfully played by British actor David Oyelowo -- even though the reverend is the film's gravitational center and its emotional weight accrues to him. Just like what took place in Selma, Alabama, back in 1965. In fact, Oyelowo's presence is as transfixing as that of the young Ben Kingsley in his transformative interpretation of Gandhi in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 titular classic about one of Dr. King's inspirational figures. Unlike Gandhi, however, Selma is a single canvas on which a few months in Dr. »
- Tim Cogshell
9 items from 2015
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