13 items from 2014
By the end of this season, Last Man Standing will have enough episodes for a syndication package. Will this be the end of this ABC sitcom or, will it be renewed for a fifth season? Stay tuned.
On Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), marketing director of the Outdoor Man sporting goods stores, continues to stand his ground in a household of women. The rest of the cast includes Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders, Flynn Morrison, Hector Elizondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, and Nancy Travis.
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Internal Affairs (1990) is an excellent stone cold thriller. The costumes are a subtle tease, revealing personal information that the characters never say out loud. Like many movies released in the late 1980s/1990s, Internal Affairs radiates uneasiness caused by shifting societal attitudes – anything that threatens a straight male chauvinist black-and-white world.
Costume designer Rudy Dillon punches through this black-and-white world with ensembles that poke fun at the status quo and subsequently subvert them with eroticism, perhaps ironically using only a colour scheme of black and white.
Dennis with Van Stretch (William Baldwin) sporting popped tough guy collar and light, but very tight denim jeans.
The straight white male chauvinist is Dennis Peck (Richard Gere), a police officer in Los Angeles who controls his colleagues by involving them in extortion and other illegal acts. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Remastered just in time for Halloween, Criterion dusts off George Sluizer’s classic psychological thriller The Vanishing for a Blu-ray release. The Dutch-French co-production stands as the filmmaker’s most internationally renowned and enduring work, its sterling reputation still managing to overshadow Sluizer’s own ill-conceived English language remake from 1992 with a cast headlined by Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, and Sandra Bullock (plus a fresh faced Nancy Travis, a name that often gets neglected in flippant references to the production). With Sluizer’s passing in September of 2014, it’s an eerily timed re-release of his signature work.
A Dutch couple on a road trip, Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna ter Steege) run out of gasoline. A heated argument leads to reconciliation, and they properly refuel at a gas station rest stop packed with tourists due to the Tour de France. Saskia goes into the store to get drinks and never returns, »
- Nicholas Bell
Richardson will play Helen Potts, a recently divorced neighbor of Mike’s (Allen) who has gotten into a bit of conflict with Mike’s frenemy, Chuck (Jonathan Adams). Hilariously enough, Helen likes to do home repairs and stubbornly insists on running her tile saw early in the morning, which disturbs the neighborhood. Helen is cantankerous and bitter about her ex-husband, who was supposedly good with tools, but more often destroyed things around their house. While Helen and Mike butt heads, »
- Natalie Abrams
The director passed away in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 20) after a long illness, according to local media reports. Sluizer's relatives told Dutch broadcaster Nos that his health had "remained fragile" after suffering a ruptured artery in 2007.
Sluizer shot to fame in the late '80s when his Dutch-language thriller Spoorloos (later known as The Vanishing) - about a man doggedly searching to find his kidnapped girlfriend - became a hit with critics and mainstream audiences.
Dark Blood was never completed, but after years of legal disputes (involving »
Fear of commitment is one of those topics that pops up a lot in the world of romantic comedies. Jerry Maguire (1996) shows Tom Cruise struggling to say "I love you" in a convincing fashion, and in When Harry Met Sally (1989) Billy Crystal makes terrible excuses to leave early in the morning after each date. Failure To Launch (2006) spelled it out more bluntly than perhaps we needed – in Hollywood, men are afraid of love. Love is a scary business. Even so, it rarely comes with a health warning.
So I Married An Axe Murderer is that rare film. It suggests that the lead character is right to be terrified of commitment. In fact, running away might just save his life. This is a tricky idea to get right, because the audience »
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The 1993 thriller The Vanishing directed by George Sluizier and starring Kiefer Sutherland (Stand By Me), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Nancy Travis (Internal Affairs) and (briefly) Sandra Bullock (Gravity) is an American of a 1988 Franco-Dutch film also called The Vanishing…and also directed by George Sluizer!
In the remake, as in the original, a seemingly nice guy (Sutherland) goes on vacation with his girlfriend (Bullock), who vanishes without a trace at a gas station. Three years later, the nice guy is still obsessed with finding out what happened. One day, a stranger (Bridges) arrives at Jeff’s door and admits that he was responsible for her disappearance. He promises to show the now-very-addled nice guy what happened to his girl, but only if he agrees to go through exactly the same thing she did… »
Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3," "The Dark Knight Rises") has joined the cast of Tim Story's "Ride Along" sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell's role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Jason Sudeikis ("We're the Millers") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic "Race" which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.
Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens' obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
David Fynn, Vanessa Lengies, Gary Cole and Nancy Travis will star in the indie film Married Young, which centers on a devoted husband and father who struggles to keep his marriage intact amongst the chaos of family life. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Also featuring Lucas Neff, Ever Carradine, Max Beesley and John Pankow, Married Young will be directed by Daniel Kaufman from a screenplay by Jon Dabach. The film, which follows a man who deals with the challenges of a two year-old, a pregnant wife and an animated alter ego, is currently shooting. Kaufman, known
- Rebecca Ford
Welcome to the first in a new feature here on Nerdly where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…
In a remote mountain lodge, five college friends are spending time together to help one of them get over a break up. After a late night drunken party the friends decide to play with a Ouija board, with terrible consequences. An unholy evil is unleashed and the friends must battle evil and each other, as the lines between reality and imagination blur the struggle to save them begins.
- Phil Wheat
ABC cancelled The Neighbors but the network has renewed their other Friday night sitcom, Last Man Standing. Tim Allen and company will return for a fourth season.
The Last Man Standing sitcom stars Allen as Mike Baxter, a manly man who's surrounded by family and friends who challenge his conservative ideas. He's joined in the cast by Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders, Flynn Morrison, Hector Elizondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, and Nancy Travis.
The series is down about 10% in the ratings year-to-year but has performed pretty consistently for the network. The 22 episodes averaged a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.11 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you enjoy this sitcom? Are you glad that it's been renewed or do you think it should have been cancelled instead?
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Alloy Entertainment is developing Sisterhood Everlasting to follow the two previous motion pictures based on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants novels from the New York Times best-selling author Ann Brashares, it was announced by Alloy President Leslie Morgenstein.
Liz Garcia (The Lifeguard, Cold Case, Dawson's Creek) will adapt the novel and Ken Kwapis, who directed the original film in 2005, will return to helm once again. Leslie Morgenstein, president of Alloy Entertainment, and Elysa Dutton, vice president of Alloy Features, will produce along with Christine Sacani.
Now ten years later, after the Sisterhood friends have grown apart, Tibby tries to bridge the distance in Sisterhood Everlasting by reuniting the girls for a trip that will change their lives forever.
Alloy, along with Alcon Entertainment, were responsible for the first two Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films that starred Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn. The first film »
A wealthy Pacific Palisades couple are shocked to discover two homeless young lovers living inside their estate upon returning early from vacation in the first trailer for Squatters. From The Hills Have Eyes 2 director Martin Weisz, this engaging new drama stars acting legend Richard Dreyfuss alongside Gabriella Wilde, Luke Grimes and Thomas Dekker. Check out the first trailer before the movie arrives on DVD May 13.
Squatters will be released May 13th, 2014 and stars Gabriella Wilde, Evan Ross, Luke Grimes, Thomas Dekker, Richard Dreyfuss, Nancy Travis, Gia Mantegna, Mimi Kennedy. The film is directed by Martin Weisz. »
13 items from 2014
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