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The majority of Reach Me writer/director John Herzfeld‘s credits involve television, from TV series like Rob Lowe’s Dr. Vegas to TV films such as 1997’s Emmy-nominated Don King: Only in America. He’s done a bit of film work, notably 15 Minutes and 2 Days in the Valley, both films with enormous, famous casts that follow the lives of many supporting characters – falling in line closely with his latest. More importantly, he’s buds with Sylvester Stallone, who helped him crowdfund this project. In the movie, a mysterious author (Tom Berenger) has written a self-help book, entitled “Reach Me,” that’s found its way into the hands of many unsuspecting Californians, slowly changing their lives and bringing them together in ways they could not have imagined. Its themes are relevant to all: freed inmates (Kyra Sedgwick), rich rappers (Nelly), and the journalists who pursue its elusive author (Kevin Connolly and Sylvester Stallone). The book will cause »
- Emily Estep
Greer Grammer will be this year's Miss Golden Globe, the awards announced Thursday. The 22-year-old actress plays ditzy Lissa on MTV's Awkward; she also appears in the upcoming film Life Partners, opposite Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, and Gillian Jacobs. And, as Miss and Mr. Golden Globe of years past, she also happens to be the child of a celebrity: as you may have guessed, Grammer's father is three-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer. (Her mother is makeup artist Barrie Buckner.) Grammer joins a long line of past Golden Globe assistants including Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Sam Fox, »
- Hillary Busis
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings ‘positive thinking’ and ‘self-help’ to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld’s actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
Happy Valley, named after the area where Pennsylvania State University is located, dives into the child sexual-abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, while Monk looks at an unlikely ascetic who gave up life in the fast lane.
Kino Lorber also is launching Iranian Western Vampire pic A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which it is releasing with Vice Films. The title, which was born out of a previous short film, debuted at Sundance in January. »
- Brian Brooks
According to the press notes, “Reach Me” director John Herzfeld first wrote the script for this ensemble dramedy circa 2001, which makes sense given that the film bears more than a faint aroma of Herzfeld’s “2 Days in the Valley” (1997), one of the least offensive of the era’s many “Pulp Fiction” also-rans. Here again Herzfeld gives us a dozen or so SoCal dreamers and schemers — soulless gangsters, aspiring starlets, undercover cops, muckraking bloggers — whose wayward lives crisscross and collide whenever they aren’t being miraculously transformed by the words of a mysterious self-help guru. A misbegotten venture that constantly ups its own ante on histrionic overacting, ludicrous plot twists and insipid empowerment mantras, Herzfeld’s puzzling concoction is likely to make most viewers reach for the remote control when it opens in limited theatrical and VOD release Friday.
Herzfeld, whose career somehow lived to fight another day after his 1983 debut feature, »
- Scott Foundas
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Title: Reach Me Director: John Herzfeld Starring: Lauren Cohan, Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Tom Sizemore, Nelly, David O’Hara, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes, Tom Berenger, Sylvester Stallone and Danny Aiello Incorporating well-meaning messages about the importance of truly embracing who you are while you strive to reach your full potential is often a riveting and inspirational plot element filmmakers infuse into their movies to make their stories more relatable to their intended audience. But integrating that all-important theme into a large ensemble action film that’s fueled by self-indulgent characters who often find themselves in morally corrupt situations can prove too be challenging. Writer-director John Herzfeld admirably tried to create [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
He had made name for himself with the Cannes debut We Are What We Are in 2010, and the remake of his film actually premiered at the fest not that much time afterwards. With production commencing late in 2013, we’re surprised that Jorge Michel Grau’s English language debut didn’t drop in 2014 — but only means a little more time in post for the shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico thriller. Featuring Bella Thorne in the lead, Big Sky sees Grau reteam with cinematographer Santiago Sanchez.
Gist: This is about Hazel (Bella Thorne), a teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces. She never leaves her bedroom, which has put a strain on the relationship with her strung-out mom, Dee (Kyra Sedgwick), and is starting to take its toll on both of them. In a last ditch attempt to cure her daughter, Dee enrolls Hazel in a high-end treatment facility in the desert, »
- Eric Lavallee
“No one is moving to Iowa ever,” declares Marnie, kicking off Girls‘ official Season 4 trailer.
But Allison Williams’ alter-ego isn’t entirely right, as we learn in this 90-second promo. In fact, maddening protagonist Hannah has already made her way to the Midwest — and discovered that grapes can be a satisfying snack and that house parties can involve wrestling in a kiddie pool of blue goo.
Other revelations: Jessa gets herself arrested. Marnie is still playing the role of “other woman” with musician-actor Desi. And Shoshanna continues to be a source of dazzlingly uncomfortable comedy via her search for gainful employment. »
HBO wants to start having more comedies on their network and they found just the person to work with, Kyra Sedgewick. The actress who starred in the former series The Closer, will be producing and starring in the untitled show. Kyra will play the lead role of Kate, a woman who finds herself lost after leaving a life of being a nun in the past. Can she keep it all together and succeed in the world that she left behind for so long? Only time will tell and fans can expect a 2015 or 2016 release of the show.
I am happy for Kyra, I think this will be a good sign of her career. She has worked hard and isn’t a name that is thrown around enough for her skills. However, we will also be excited to see how she fits in the role of being a producer and one »
- Sarah Peel
Watch the first trailer for Ex Machina, starring Oscar Isaac - Moviefone The mystery of making a nude TV scene is solved - HuffPost Entertainment 2001: A Space Odyssey is making a comeback in 2014 - Moviepilot Meet the designers from this season of Project Runway: All Stars - BuddyTV Kyra Sedgwick will play a disillusioned nun in a new HBO comedy - Splitsider Actual places that are creepier than any horror movie location - Cracked See this makeup pro's amazing Halloween looks! - Popsugar Beauty »
With three of its four leads in place (and the fourth said to be near a deal), HBO’s True Detective has moved on to casting some heavily recurring roles for Season 2.
As previously reported, Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal struggling to move into legitimate enterprise, and Colin Farrell (Alexander) will play Ray Velcoro, a police detective with torn allegiances. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) is said to be playing a detective, while Rachel McAdams is rumored to be circling the fourth and final lead role, as another detective.
In addition, all said to be near deals, »
“The Bachelor” will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere The Jan. 5 season premiere will mix in taped segments, such as the limo arrivals, with Chris Harrison live with a studio audience joined by "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums offering commentary, according to TV Line. The live premiere may be a response to concerns that "Bachelor" Chris Soules is "boring" and "as exciting as watching soybeans grow." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation John Tory, who was elected this week to replace Mayor Rob Ford, says he’s not going on the ABC talk show because “I’m not in show business.” He adds: Let’s talk (about) why I’m there. I’m there because the previous guy was the subject of jokes and all the sort of stuff and they’ll probably replay old tapes. I just don’t »
- Norman Weiss
Putting a spin on the “newly divorced woman” storyline, HBO has inked a script development deal with exec producers Kyra Sedgwick and Kari Lizer for a comedy about a former nun trying to find herself after walking out on her church and, well, her marriage.
Lizer, who created “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and is therefore no stranger to the subject of women starting over, will write the script. Sedgwick is tapped to star in the still-untitled half-hour, single-camera laffer from Lizer’s Kari’s Logo Here in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sedgwick is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams. Lizer, who also has a put pilot commitment at NBC for her comedy “Wing Mom,” is repped by Vision Art Management.
- Whitney Friedlander
Emmy-winning The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick is teaming up with The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer for an upcoming HBO comedy about a nun gone rogue. The two will executive produce the half-hour, single-camera comedy for Logo Here in association with Warner Bros. Television. The untitled show will follow Sedgwick's Kate, a nun who, but disillusioned by a lifetime of service to the church and a failed marriage, walks out of the life she's led since she was 17. "No longer 'Sister Katherine,' she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, »
- Emily Blake
A new door just opened for The Closer.
Kyra Sedgwick has signed on to star in and co-executive-produce an untitled comedy project on HBO, our sister site Deadline reports.
Sedgwick will play Kate, a former nun who must figure out who she really is (and what she truly believes in) after breaking away from the church.
Are you excited for Sedgwick’s new project? »
With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.
“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).
- Derek Anderson
It is very interesting we have two movies this year about aging actors sort of losing their minds. The other is, of course, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which goes about exploring its topic in an inventive, thrilling way. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for The Humbling, the latest film from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man). Its biggest problem is it wants to be about something but can never nail down a thesis. Is it a comment on how aging diminishes one's former selfc Is it about needing to regain your passion for your craftc Is it about women being horrible (more on that later)c They throw theme after idea after theme at the wall and hope something sticks, and it never is able to come together. That is to say The Humbling is not a miserable time in the theater. It provides a few laughs »
- Mike Shutt
Richard Gere stars as a homeless man in the film that debuted at Toronto.
IFC brokered the deal with Wme Global, ICM Partners and Paradigm and plans a 2015 theatrical release for the film. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
IFC Films has acquired Us rights to Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind starring Richard Gere following its recent world premiere in Toronto. Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick and Jeremy Strong also star in the tale of a desperate man on the streets of New York who reconnects with his daughter after he stays at a homeless centre.Michael Kenneth Williams, Yul Vazquez, Coleman Domingo, Geraldine Hughes and Steve Buscemi round out the cast.Gere produced with Blackbird Fil
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
IFC is planning a 2105 released. The film stars Richard Gere as a homeless man and Jena Malone as his estranged daughter. Variety’s Justin Chang described the film in his Toronto review as “a haunting piece of urban poetry.”
- Dave McNary
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