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Maria Bello has been an indie movie queen, a shadowy TV detective, a charitable pioneer and now, she’s working full-time at being herself. Bello’s “Whatever…Love Is Love,” a memoir currently on shelves, is a project that further clarifies her December 2013 revelation to the New York Time that she’s in a relationship with a woman — and permanently avoiding labels. Toasting the book’s release at Ray Azoulay’s high-end furniture boutique Obsolete in Los Angeles, Bello welcomed friends like Marcia Gay Harden and manager John Carrabino, and spoke with TheWrap about her reception in the industry since coming out. »
- Matt Donnelly
Home of the Brave: Duran’s Debut a Neutered Examination of Grief During Wartime
There’s a war going on, though not one specifically referenced, mentioned or discussed. But then Daniel Duran’s directorial debut, Bravetown, seems happy examining exactly that, the ways in which people are unable to communicate clearly their emotions relating to the traumas that war has inflicted on them. Perhaps in an effort to elevate the material to a timeless realm, screenwriter Oscar Orlando Torres (Instructions Not Included) remains curiously vague on details, the only definitive reference pertaining to the Gulf War.
Josh Harvest (Josh Till) is a moderately troubled teen living with his single mother (Maria Bello) in New York. A rising DJ, a mistaken overdose lands him in court with a mandated sentence of twelve months rehabilitation. His overworked mother is done worrying about him and sends him off to live with his »
- Nicholas Bell
Daniel Duran's Bravetown is a textbook example of substance-over-style success: Aside from a showy opening (a tracking shot that snakes through a club, cribbing freely from Carlito's Way, Boogie Nights, etc.), the movie satisfies mainly due to its affecting ensemble and considerable emotional intelligence. Living in New York with his bottle-reliant mother (Maria Bello, in a cameo), seventeen-year-old Josh (Lucas Till) carves out some meaning for himself as an on-the-rise DJ. But when an episode with a pill yields an overdose — it's clear the drug is suspicious when the guy offering it dangles it in front of the camera — Josh is mandated to travel west and reside with the father (Tom Everett Scott) who left him at birth. Josh's ne »
Demonic centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question one of the few survivors who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.
Directed by Will Canon, Demonic features a cast that also includes Dustin Milligan, Megan Park, Scott Mechlowicz, Aaron Yoo and Alex Goode. As yet, the film is without a release date, but expect it later this year.
- Gary Collinson
A version of this story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Maria Bello's 2013 New York Times op-ed, in which the mother of one opened up about her romantic relationship with best friend Clare Munn, sparked a wide-reaching conversation about sexual orientation and identification. The Prisoners actress, 48, continues that conversation in her book of essays, Whatever … Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves, which hit shelves on April 28. THR talked to Bello about her views, her work and the
- Chris Gardner
Celebrity support continues to pour in five days after Bruce Jenner's candid interview with 20/20's Diane Sawyer about his gender transition, and openly gay actress and activist Maria Bello applauds the former Olympian for his refusal to place a label on himself and the life he lives. "I loved that interview so much," Bello, 48, said in an April 29 HuffPost Live interview. One of the segments that hit closest to home for Bello was Jenner's conversation with Sawyer about how, despite declaring "for all intents and [...] »
Josh has to face up to his troubled past in order to explore his passion for music and find love with a local girl (Katrina Norman).
Bravetown opens on May 8 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set. »
Maria Bello and Clare Munn are just the cutest! Wearing a black, draped, one shoulder jumpsuit, the 47-year-old Coyote Ugly and ER alum and her girlfriend, a media exec and human rights activist, were photographed kissing and staring at each other lovingly as they posed for photos at the 2015 Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles Gala dinner earlier this month. Bello, who has a 14-year-old son from a previous relationship with a man, came out publicly in a New York Times essay published in November 2013, revealing she was in a relationship with a woman named Clare and calling herself a "whatever." She and Munn have since attended several events together and have also been »
Up-and-coming performers, take note! T. Schreiber Studio’s One Year Conservatory places stage and screen actors in the heart of New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway scene under the guidance of some of the industry’s most seasoned professionals. Running from mid-September 2015 to mid-May 2016, the renowned studio immerses students in the kind of technical and practical training that leads to fully rounded artists—such as alumni Edward Norton, Maria Bello, and Peter Sarsgaard—who are ready to take the industry by storm. “The One Year Conservatory has changed my life professionally and personally,” said one former program participant. “After studying at previous acting programs in the city I know and feel that there is no program quite like it. I have never worked with such incredibly passionate, challenging and encouraging teachers in a supportive and safe environment. The changes and progress that have happened collectively and individually since beginning the program are just extraordinary. »
Fans don’t want to see it. Studios try to avoid it. But sometimes a recast in the midst of a movie franchise is inevitable.
Whether it be a scheduling conflict, salary negotiations gone wrong, or even an unexpected death – we’re taking a look at six times a movie recast was too obvious to ignore.
1. James “Rhodey” Rhodes – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Terrence Howard played James “Rhodey” Rhodes in 2008’s Iron Man. But a salary conflict stopped Terrence from returning for the sequel. Re-casting Don Cheadle as Rhodey for Iron Man 2 was a bit obvious, so Marvel made a light of it in the 2010 sequel. Cheadle’s first line: “Look, it’s me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on.”
2. The Incredible Hulk – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Lets throw it all out on the table shall we Based on all of the large billboards in La proclaiming the release of last years Big Driver my hopes for greatness (or even slight intrigue to see the piece) were dashed when I saw that it was a Lifetime movie. Now I had never read this story (by Stephen King) knew nothing about the plot or characters so frankly it was only the Lifetime logo which held me at an arms length that and the presence of Maria Bello whom I so greatly disliked in the vastly overrated Prisoners from 2013. Needless to say this was not to be found anywhere in the vicinity of my mustsee radar. »
Chicago – Sports stories are made for the underdog, and it is the conduit for many immigrants and minorities to break through to the American Dream. “McFarland, USA” takes that idea and runs with it, as a high school cross country team of Mexican immigrants head towards the finish line.
Kevin Costner portrays the “coach,” with the same good vibes and unflappable air he has given all of his sports movie roles. This is based-on-a-true-story, so there actually is a cross country team in McFarland (north of Bakersfield, California), who kept winning because of the coach and the tradition established there. This is the origin story of that team in 1987, as the Mexican immigrant sons of “pickers” (field workers) become the core of the runners. The themes of poverty and wanting to belong to America run like a thread through the story, which per usual for sports stories involved second »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Niki Caro is one of the more fascinating filmmakers working today. The New Zealand native made a splash, both literally and figuratively, with her breakout feature "Whale Rider," a tender fairy tale laced with subtext about female empowerment and the cultural subjugation of women the world over. She followed it up with a brassy Hollywood debut, with the "Norma Rae"-esque "North Country" (starring Charlize Theron), before returning to New Zealand to direct another small film.
Now she's back, with the tremendous "McFarland, USA," a Disney based-on-a-true-story sports movie starring Kevin Costner as Jim White, a coach who, in the late '80s, led a group of inexperienced Latino kids to become champion cross-country runners. It's a typical Disney sports movie -- full of grit and hardwork and determination, but with a wonderful cultural specificity and gorgeous (35 mm!) photography.
We sat down with Caro (who, it should be noted, was »
- Drew Taylor
There was a time no too long away that the Disney company was only known for animation. But after enormous success in that arena, Uncle Walt decided he needed to branch out into live action. After dipping his toe in the water with “true-life” nature shorts, he jumped all in with several features produced and filmed in Europe. Then he went all out with 1954’s smash 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Now, as with his animated features, these films usually played to family audiences. Walt had something of a studio staple of stars with the likes of Fred MacMurray, Hayley Mills, and Kurt Russell , He even had the top grossing film of 1968, The Love Bug. Really. After Walt passed on, the new studio heads in the 1980’s decided to branch out into more adult subject matter for new features. But these would not go out under the Disney name and so »
- Jim Batts
Personal Best: Caro Returns to Studio Filmmaking with Feel-Good Adaptation
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from New Zealand director Niki Caro, who made headlines with her 2002 sophomore film, Whale Rider, before making her Hollywood debut with 2005’s North Country. After the dismal reception of her 2009 effort, A Heavenly Vintage (aka The Vinter’s Luck), she’s helmed, of all things, a Disney film, McFarland, USA. Kevin Costner, once the penultimate star of mainstream, sports themed cinema, finds himself as the figure responsible for fostering athletic careers, moving from Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day to late 1980’s cross-country coach here. Caro’s film is the second ‘based on a true story’ minority flavored studio flick this year, following Sean McNamara’s Spare Parts, which also relates the travails of a group of Hispanic students overcoming odds to succeed in an organized school events. Beat by methodical beat, »
- Nicholas Bell
Title: McFarland, USA Director: Niki Caro (‘Whale Rider,’ ‘North Country’) Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Carlos Pratts and Morgan Saylor Parents can often endure heartbreaking economic, social and emotional struggles in their determined attempts to provide a better and more fulfilling life for their children. While they take whatever means necessary to take care of their children, parents at times may not realize that the next generation wishes to achieve its own goals. But their eventual powerful understanding that their children have to follow their own path to attain their dreams is grippingly emphasized in director Niki Caro’s new sports drama, ‘McFarland, USA,’ which is set to open in theaters [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
There is a recognizable template to inspirational sports dramas developed by Disney. You have a beleaguered coach figure trying to reclaim his former glory. You have a rowdy, unmotivated group of ragtag players that just need to add discipline to their raw talent to attain success. You have an antagonist buoyed by prestige or power that the underdog protagonists have to face. You have montages set to swelling music, and of course, the inevitable down-to-the-wire speech, of which any dedicated fan of the genre could recite a variation. Oh, and most of the time, they are based on a true story.
The sport is different but the song remains the same for McFarland, USA. Kevin Costner continues his dismal streak of performances after Three Days to Kill and Draft Day, as high-school football coach Jim White. After roughing up a student, White loses his job at an elite secondary school »
- Jordan Adler
This Sunday, over 3,000 dolled-up guests will traverse 500 feet of red carpet on their path into the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre (where it’ll be hosted for the 14th time). But before they reach for that first glass of Piper-Heidsieck brut during the ritzy Oscar cocktail hour, a series of events, benefits, award shows and gifting suites will properly launch the festivities. Here’s where the industry’s brightest will be primping, prepping, donating and gallivanting in the days leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.
Icon Mann Industry Panels
Where: L.A. SAG-aftra office, 11 a.m.
Why you don’t want to miss it: Industry vets will examine the evolution of black male characters throughout film history and »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Taylor Swift, a woman of many moods and exactly one lipstick, just threw down the third video from her blockbuster album "1989." "Style" is a slow throb, a pleasant recollection of quaint memories with a cute boy who resembles James Dean. This is a big deal because Taylor Swift loves James Dean and knows all of his posters. The video is a B- effort full of familiar Swift sentimentalism. Let's take a walk through a gallery of "Style" and see what kinds of artistic insights we come up with. Just as I suspected, Taylor Swift's innermost feelings -- when revealed -- look like Britney Spears' "Sometimes" video. All this girl wants to do is run around with a pink ball and wear white midriff sweaters on the pier. Duh. Moodz. It's kind of weird that we have a superstar who takes most of her visual cues from that Sixpence None the Richer song. »
- Louis Virtel
Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.
Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.
With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his »
- Movie Geeks
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