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It’s an understood rule of comedic actors that they can all do drama, as well. Comedy is harder, of course. But then not every comedic actor is truly an actor. Not every comedic performance is about more than good line readings and having the necessary timing to tell a joke. Stand-up comedians often get starring gigs on sitcoms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll wind up with an Oscar nomination someday. (Sorry, Sinbad.) Those who do end up with Academy recognition are those who were always set to shine on the big screen and wound up on TV as a short little detour along the way. Jennifer Lawrence, for example. And Tom Hanks. And Leonardo DiCaprio. But there are also former TV comedy stars who do great work in dramatic movies and never garner Oscar attention, and then they have to go back and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel. There »
- Christopher Campbell
When do you know a movie is happening? When a release date is announced? Or when the studio starts marketing it to Target audiences? Sony's got two years to get the audience acclimated to the idea of a Sinister Six movie, and their first approach is bundling a promotional item with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on DVD specifically to Target customers teasing the coming of Spidey's feared enemies. On August 19th, fans will be able to receive a special disc with their purchase called Something Sinister This Way Comes, spotlighting the bad guys of Spidey's world. Interestingly, the promotional clip online showcases villain footage from the earlier films . there's Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus, and Thomas Haden Church's Sandman and Topher Grace's Venom from Spider-Man 3. There are also peeks of the baddies we've already seen from the newer films, including Rhys Ifans' Lizard, »
It’s a pretty rare thing that a director has the opportunity to watch other directors at work. As a crew-member, I had a front row seat to almost every aspect of the job, pre-production through post. I never worked on a film that didn’t teach me something—whether it fell in the “to emulate” or “to avoid at all costs” column. These lessons helped me direct actors, assemble good crews, communicate effectively, have realistic expectations, and generally feel at home on a film set.
A little about me: In the past four years, I have directed three features (The Off Hours, Eden and Lucky Them) and been a co-, exec-, consulting, or straight-up producer on four others (The Catechism Cataclysm, Your Sister’s Sister, Koinonia and The Greens Are Gone). This recent uptick in creative productivity comes after a decade spent working below the line—first as a director of photography, »
- Megan Griffiths
The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation and Direct Relief teamed up to help turn wine into funds, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the release of wine-themed “Sideways.” The Santa Barbara Wine Auction, the biennial gala event in its fourteenth year, raised $3 million in donations for Direct Relief. It also included a reunion of the stars of “Sideways,” drawing appeal for fans of the comedy.
The foundation felt that the film’s plot aligned well with their goal of generating funds for Direct Relief through the wine auction. As an organization, Direct Relief aims to provide medical aid and relief to people facing emergency situations around the globe.
“A significant component of that number was contributed by bidders desiring the »
- Jordyn Holman
Darling of outsider cinema turned blockbuster-building genius James Gunn is sure to have made millions of new fans in the last week alone. With August box office records broken by Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel’s off-world gamble and a wildly entertaining space-romp with heaps of heart written and directed by James Gunn - as if you didn’t know), he’s about to get a lot more phone calls than he did before. And he may have already been getting a fair few.
You don’t have to wait years for the already-announced sequel for your next dose of his unique brand of cinema though; he’s got a hefty CV that blends horror, hilarity and heroes in equal measure. Here’s our low-down on some of the highlights… »
Heaven Is For Real, the faith-based movie starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church, had a strong run in theaters earlier this spring behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now it’s making just as heavenly a debut on Rentrak’s weekly DVD and Blu-Ray sales and rental charts, topping one Top 10 and second only to Liam Neeson’s latest actioner, Non-Stop, on the other. The only other debut in the rentals this week was Tyler Perry‘s latest, The Single Moms Club, distributed by Lionsgate and coming home at No. 9. The rest of the rental chart is populated mostly by holdovers, including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes […] »
Spider-Man & Venom Model: Sthefane Lomeu * Photographer: Janio Carvalho Body Paint: Madison Araujo * Makeup: Thayna Brito Spider-man 3 - Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania! But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man's suit black, his darkest demons come to light changing Spider-Man inside as well as out. Spider-Man is in for the fight of his life against a lethal mix of villains - the deadly Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace), and the New Goblin (James Franco) - as well as the enemy within himself. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco Director: Sam Raimi * Writers: Sam Raimi, Alvin Sargent & Ivan Raimi »
Disney had high hopes for the sci-fi adventure John Carter. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic A Princess of Mars, the studio couldn't decide on a title, originally calling it John Carter of Mars before it became something much more generic. The movie opened on March 8, earning a decent enough $30 million over the weekend. But then it went onto only generate $73 million domestically against a $250 million budget, becoming one of the biggest bombs in the studio's history. Worldwide, it would eventually take in $284.1 million, but its poor showing in the states spelled doom for the franchise.
Some blamed the title and the marketing. Some blamed director Andrew Stanton, making his first live-action movie after finding success at Pixar with Finding Nemo and Wall-e. Many fans don't blame the movie itself, a wild and rollicking old fashion space opera that has gained a strong following since it took a nosedive at the box office. »
Many people did not enjoy Andrew Stanton's (Finding Nemo, Wall-e) motion picture adaptation of John Carter, the Warlord of Mars. I was one of the few who did enjoy it, and would be open to a sequel. Stanton has released the title cards for some originally planned sequels, which you can see below! Could have been cool. Had big plans... pic.twitter.com/xtL0KuLyAf — andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014 ...That would have led to even bigger plans. pic.twitter.com/GCXet6iZ3g — andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014 John Carter was directed by Andrew Stanton and starred Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, James Purefoy, Dominic West, Thomas Haden Church and Ciarán Hinds. »
We have a few release date schedule updates to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Paramount has pushed the Friday the 13th reboot from March 13, 2015 to November 13, 2015. V/H/S helmer David Bruckner is directing. In light of the Friday the 13th shift, Paramount has moved the comedy/horror film Scouts vs. Zombies up to the film’s old March 13, 2015 date. Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) directs. Warner Bros. has slated the inspirational film Max for release on January 30, 2015. Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, and Thomas Haden Church star in the story of a dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan who returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family. Finally, Sony has moved this summer’s comedy Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, up a week to July 18th, away from Lucy and directly opposite Jupiter Ascending and The Purge: Anarchy.
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- Adam Chitwood
After seeing the first trailer yesterday for Heaven Is For Real, today we’ve got a first clip to share and some brand new stills. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe — that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.
The versatile Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared »
- Dan Bullock
The international trailer for Heaven Is For Real, a film based on a book of a similar name (Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back) hit the web earlier today. The film, if you couldn’t guess already, details a little boy’s trip to heaven and back again. Quite the skill there, lil’ fella.
The film is already notably out in select regions, but the U.K. won’t get the film until later this month, so for any one of our regular britons, the trailer below might be of interest! It’s pretty powerful and admittedly it’s nice to see Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church back in something major and Randall Wallace back on the ball.
Heaven Is For Real comes out in U.K cinemas on the 30th May, is directed by »
- Matthew Ceo
Wiggins portrays a wayward teen who finds comfort and friendship with the military dog of his older brother, a Us Marine who was killed on the frontlines of the war in Afghanistan.
The Jan. 30 date will also see openings from Paramount’s “Project Almanac” and Lionsgate’s horror vehicle “Lazarus.”
- Dave McNary
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Endless Love (romance; Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson; rated PG-13) Lucky Them (comedy about a rock journalist who tracks down her ex; Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt; premieres 5/30 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd) iTunes Offers the same movies as cable Movies On Demand for rent...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Horses of God
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 55 Mins.
Four boys from the slums of Morocco mutate into suicide bombers in this tense drama, which uses the 2003 Casablanca terror attack as its backdrop. Director Nabil Ayouch hammers his points rather bluntly, but his filmmaking is hypnotic. The camera, initially jittery and handheld, slows to static shots, eerily matching the characters’ stagnant mindsets on their atrocious road to martyrdom. B+ –Joe McGovern
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Sebastian Junger’s follow-up to 2010′s Restrepo (his Oscar-nominated war doc codirected by the late Tim Hetherington) shifts focus from combat in Afghanistan’s “Valley of Death” to the soldiers’ psychology, »
- EW staff
It gets heated for a second as we discuss "Game of Thrones" and Brad's problems with it before settling down and discussing Godzilla's big box office success, telling an old story from 2006 and wondering just how much bad sequels ruin their respective franchises in a 96 minute, free episode of the RopeofSilicon Radio Show. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. »
- Brad Brevet
Oh has been one of the show's stand-out performers throughout its 10-year run, but has starring in such a time-consuming role limited her career path until now?
To mark Oh's decision to escape the restraints of commercial network TV, Digital Spy has collected just a few other actors who perhaps should have 'done a George Clooney' by getting out early and made the transition to top movie star, not that movies are obviously better than TV nowadays of course.
This list only names actors who starred in long-running commercial network shows, rather than cable, as most shows in the latter have shorter seasons with longer gaps in between - just in case you were wondering where Jon Hamm and Alexander Skarsgård were...
1. Sandra Oh »
Bruce (Thomas Haden Church) is a small-town ice plow driver in rural Quebec who has a bit too much to drink one night, heads out for a plow and accidentally hits and kills a man in the middle of the road. Panicked, and still more than a little drunk, he hides the body off the side of a road and heads into the woods in an effort to elude the police and the consequences they bring with them. He awakes the next morning in a plow almost out of gas and nearly buried in snow. Staying out of jail soon takes second place on his list of priorities right behind staying alive. As Bruce scrounges empty cabins for food and checks local papers for news on the dead man we see flashbacks to the days leading up to the accident. Details about his personal life and state of mind are revealed, and »
- Rob Hunter
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Monuments Men: as jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way; could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Whitewash: nowhere near as blackly funny as it wants to be, but Thomas Haden Church is strangely compelling as a man befuddled by the vagaries of fate [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
recent films new to stream
1976: Hunt vs. Lauda: as with the semifictionalized Rush, this documentary look at the first superstars of Formula One is gripping even if you couldn’t care less about racing [my review] [at Netflix] The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology: hugely entertaining documentary look at how culture shapes our attitudes, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ellie (Toni Collette), a journalist for music magazine Stax, has just been informed by her editor Giles (Oliver Platt) that she has one last chance to save her job. All she has to do is write a story about her rocker ex-boyfriend Matthew Smith who mysteriously disappeared years ago and is believed dead. Before his disappearance, he was a beloved music icon like Kurt Cobain, and since his apparent death, he has become a legend, influencing a whole generation of musicians. With the help of her ex-boyfriend Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Ellie sets out to find out if Matthew is still alive and if he is, where he has been hiding all these years. Her attempts to find closure, however, are complicated by her feelings for Lucas (Ryan Eggold), an up-and-coming singer-songwriter.
- Rachel Kolb
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