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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's The Nest retitled Sisters

4 December 2014 7:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's The Nest has been retitled Sisters.

Universal Pictures announced the new name for the Golden Globe presenters' comedy.

Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing the film about two siblings who return to clean out their family home before it is sold.

Fuelled by memories of days gone by, they decide to throw one last blow-out party.

Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin also feature in the movie.

Fey and Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes for a third time in January.

Sisters will be released on December 18, 2015 in the Us and on January 1, 2016 in the UK. »

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Tina Fey-Amy Poehler Comedy Retitled ‘Sisters’

3 December 2014 3:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has renamed its Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters,” ditching “The Nest” as a title.

“Sisters” faces off against Disney’s upcoming “Star Wars” movie on Dec. 18, 2015.

Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore directs from a script by Paula Pell about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final party.

Also starring are Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin. Fey produces with Jay Roach and John S. Lyons and Poehler exec produces with Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell.



- Dave McNary

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20 Family Movies for Thanksgiving Day

26 November 2014 11:23 AM, PST | | See recent news »

After the marching bands and giants balloon characters parade by on TV… After all the college and NFL football games are played out… After the plates are cleaned of the last turkey drumstick and final piece of pumpkin pie… what better than to cuddle up with our loved ones and watch some good, wholesome family favorites on Thanksgiving!

In honor of the holiday and before you head out the door to catch all the Black Friday sales, check out Wamg’s list of some of our favorite family-friendly movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

Wizard Of Oz

For many years this 1939 masterpiece was truly event television. Before home video and cable TV, the only way to see this (outside of revival movie theatres and colleges), was once a year (usually on CBS). Families would gather around the tube for a chance to visit that magical enchanted land (just think of »

- Movie Geeks

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'Birdcage' Actor Dan Futterman Recalls Mike Nichols Breaking Into Fits of Giggles on Set

24 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Dan Futterman starred in Mike Nichols' The Birdcage in 1996. There was a small moment on the set that really struck me. See more Mike Nichols' Life and Career in Pictures Dianne Wiest was just coming off winning her second Academy Award for Bullets Over Broadway, where she's so funny as that low-voiced actress. At the read-through, she was doing a similar sort of voice, and I thought it was hilarious. I was sort of eavesdropping as Mike sidled up to her afterward and

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- Dan Futterman

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Mike Nichols: 5 Must-See Movies

20 November 2014 3:40 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A movie by Mike Nichols is typically an elegant, unruffled ride across a smooth, even chilly surface - the movie's value glints upward from beneath that ice. The director, who died Wednesday at 83, over the years pared down any attempt at visual flourish - The Graduate, his groundbreaking early film that remains his most famous, is probably also one of his flashiest. What fired him up, what he bored down into, was the intellectual germ (or gem) of the story. This meant that he was willing to consider anything for his camera: erotic werewolves (Wolf), World War II (Catch-22), philandering »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »

- Gary Susman

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale 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

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine

12 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Maris Curran’s directorial debut might be a longshot for Sundance….at least for the 2015 edition. The drama which has its character set wrestle with isolation, grief and loss went into production late summer in the titular north-eastern state with a  cast comprised of Dianne Wiest, Rosie Perez and career-year actor David Oyelowo toplining with a supporting players in the shape of Teyonah Parris, Stephen Henderson and Hani Furstenberg (seek her out in Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet). Five Nights in Maine has found early supporters from the likes of San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant, Cinereach and found some tender loving care from Kickstarter back in 2011. If the project is sprinter speed force in the post-production phase then we might not have to wait until 2016.

Gist:  This follows Sherwin (Oyelowo), a man reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to »

- Eric Lavallee

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StreamFix: Snowpiercer, The Good Wife, and More on the Web

29 October 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

StreamFix keeps you up to date on the best streams of the web. Here's the best of what's up and coming for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle this November. Netflix "Portlandia, Season 4" Here is what you need to do: Go right now and watch the episode where Toni and Candice take over the Portland Trailblazers dance team. It is painfully funny, and their final dance routine is a shocking horror for the ages. "Snowpiercer" (Nov. 22) Chris Evans. On a post-apocalyptic train. With Tilda Swinton in her wildest getup yet. What are you supposed to do, not watch this?  "Nebraska" (Nov. 8) Alexander Payne's black-and-white Midwestern pseudo-road movie has a bunch of fabulous moments. The shot of Bruce Dern's relatives watching TV in the living room is sincerely one of the most memorable things I saw in 2013. And all hail June Squibb for showing us how to really »

- Louis Virtel

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StreamFix: 'Gotham,' Woody Allen, and 9 More Essential Streams on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle

14 October 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

StreamFix fills you in on the essential viewing options on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle. Here's what the web is serving up for your binge-viewing needs. We begin with a Netflix cornucopia of Woody Allen offerings.   Netflix "Interiors" Woody Allen goes dark and deep in this Bergmanesque family drama from '78. Geraldine Page plays an interior designer who is basically the most depressed single figure you will ever see on the silver screen. Think about being an interior designer in '78; you can only choose beige or gray wall coverings. You understand her dourness. Diane Keaton and Mary Beth Hurt play her grim daughters, and Maureen Stapleton rules in a small role. "Manhattan" Never forget that Meryl Streep once seemed destined to play icy roles forever. In "Manhattan" she plays a lesbian who used to be in a relationship with Woody Allen. She is bitter and bad-ass here, so be sure to catch that. »

- Louis VIrtel

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Al Pacino is a talentless has-been in first trailer for 'The Humbling'

9 October 2014 6:13 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first trailer for Barry Levinson's "The Humbling" teases so much that could — should? — go right. There's Levinson, whose never let his eclectic career hit an easy groove; There's star Al Pacino, a legend everyone's gunning for no matter how many "Righteous Kill"-like duds come along; There's the esteemed Philip Roth providing source material with Buck Henry adapting; And there's Greta Gerwig, one of the strongest young actresses in the business. Throwing Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, and Dan Hedaya on top is like a sundae with three cherries. And yet "The Humbling" arrives tattered and scarred, patrons of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals underwhelmed by the dramatic vehicle. But could a drop of glory from the once-great Pacino all it takes for a movie like "The Humbling" to transcend itself? Let's hope. In "The Humbling," Pacino plays Simon Axler, a Shakespearean thespian whose reality and stage life »

- Matt Patches

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Al Pacino loses touch with reality in The Humbling trailer

9 October 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Al Pacino-starring The Humbling has released a new trailer.

Barry Levinson adapted the comedic drama from Philip Roth's final novel.

Pacino plays washed-up stage actor Simon Axler, who begins to struggle to separate reality from fiction.

In rehab, he meets a young woman (Greta Gerwig) seems to help with his recovery. But as he is drawn further into her family life, it begins to appear that they might be very bad for each other.

Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin and Nina Arianda also feature in the movie.

The Humbling will be released in the Us on January 23. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »

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First Look At The Trailer For The Humbling Starring Al Pacino

8 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Based on Phillip Roth’s final novel, Al Pacino stars in the trailer for director Barry Levinson new film, The Humbling.

Having screened at The Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, the movie tells the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler (Pacino) and his struggle to find his passion for life again.

Jo-Ann Titmarsh ( says in her Venice review: “Levinson has made an intelligent, incredibly funny and most human film.”

Near his breaking point, Axler finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen.

Also starring Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin and Nina Arianda, Millennium Entertainment will release The Humbling in theaters and On Demand/iTunes January 23, 2014.

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- Michelle McCue

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Watch: New Trailer for 'The Humbling' with Al Pacino

8 October 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I want Al Pacino to be in a good movie. He is a great actor and deserves better than material he has been given over the past... who knows how long. From Stand Up Guys to 88 Minutes to Jack and Jill, I just feel so sad when a new Pacino movie comes out. His latest film is The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson, which just got a new trailer. The film has played the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to mixed reviews. Skimming what critics have been saying has me really confused. Some call it drama. Some call it a farce. Some say Pacino is boring. Some say it's his best performance in over a decade. I do not know what to make of it. The film will open the Austin Film Festival, so I will be seeing it there on October 23rd and will finally be able to judge for myself. »

- Mike Shutt

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'The Humbling' Trailer Starring Al Pacino

8 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Millennium Entertainment and First Look Studios have released the first trailer for The Humbling, starring screen legend Al Pacino as a washed up actor who crosses the fine line between genius and madness.

This adaptation of Philip Roth's novel follows an aging actor named Simon Axler (Al Pacino), who is well past his prime and struggling to find the passion in his work after an embarrassing meltdown on stage. He checks into a rehab facility where he meets an energetic young lesbian named Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig). As their relationship begins to heat up, Simon realizes he can barely keep up with the young woman.

Barry Levinson, who directed Al Pacino in the 2010 HBO TV movie You Don't Know Jack, takes the helm for this adaptation co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya and Nina Arianda. Take a look at the first footage from The Humbling, which »

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Al Pacino Acts Out In The Humbling Trailer

8 October 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We know Al Pacino has enjoyed stage work in the past – heck, he’s made more than one film about that very subject. But in The Humbling, he played worn out, washed up board-treader Simon Axler, who is out of money and running out of options.Adapted from Philip Roth’s final novel, the story finds Axler struggling to drum up work and to rediscover his passion for the acting life. When he suffers a meltdown on the stage, he checks into rehab and finds some motivation in the shape of the energetic Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig).Yet even as their relationship starts to heat up, Simon discovers he can’t quite keep up with the youthful Pegeen – and her family isn’t too keen on them spending time together either given the vast age difference. The film looks like it has a few laughs, and Pacino embracing his elder statesman status has potential. »

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Millennium Entertainment picks up Al Pacino-starring 'The Humbling' with plans for awards season

24 September 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Al Pacino is entering the Oscar race. Millennium Entertainment announced that it acquired the U.S. rights to Pacino-starring The Humbling, Barry Levinson’s Philip Roth adaptation, and will be releasing it this year and giving it an awards campaign. 

The Humbling, which screened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, finds Pacino playing an aging actor who has a relationship with a much younger lesbian woman (Greta Gerwig). Though reaction to the the film itself hasn’t been entirely positive, some critics have heralded Pacino’s work as a return to form. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote that he “watched Al Pacino, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Hoo Ah! Al Pacino, Barry Levinson Jump Into Oscar Race With ‘Humbling’ Deal

24 September 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After rousing reactions in Venice and Toronto elevated The Humbling above its stealth fest title origins, the newly reconfigured Millennium Entertainment has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to the Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of the Philip Roth novel that stars Al Pacino. Millennium will launch the film into Oscar season, and will campaign to be reckoned in Academy season. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dylan Baker, Dan Hedaya and Tony winners Billy Porter, Nina Arianda and Mary Louise Wilson. Roth’s novel was adapted by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede.

While Pacino and Levinson have both won Oscars in the past, the filmmaker tells me that getting to this place was one of the most unusual experiences in his long career, including the fact they made this movie dirt cheap for around $2 million. “You’re in this business so long, you »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Watch Al Pacino as a washed up theatre actor in The Humbling trailer

4 September 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new trailer for The Humbling has been revealed.

The drama sees Al Pacino star as an ageing theatre actor who has an affair with a younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig.

Rain Man's Barry Levinson directs the film adaptation of Phillip Roth's 2009 novel.

Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick and Mandy Patinkin also star.

Pacino spoke about the movie recently at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, saying he was attracted to the role because of the contrast between his character's "tragic fall" and "a lot of comedy".

He added: "The character is getting older and the feelings he has for his work are becoming less available to him, so he tries to compensate and becomes a little off and confused and slips into a kind of depression that expresses itself in his work."

Pacino also said of himself: "I may be depressed, but I don't know about it. »

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Watch: Trailer for 'The Humbling' Starring Al Pacino

3 September 2014 7:43 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Barry Levinson is back at Toronto after delivering the dull eco-horror-thriller The Bay back in 2012 (my review here), this time with Al Pacino in The Humbling based on Philip Roth's final novel. Today, after the film has already premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the first trailer has arrived ahead of its North American premiere here in Toronto. The film tells the story of a legendary stage actor (Pacino) who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest and Greta Gerwig co-star. Watch the trailer below, I'm currently looking to see this one on Friday. sb id="984729" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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