5 items from 2012
Here's your first official look at Indie film maestro John Sayles' Go For Sisters, which Yolonda Ross, LisaGay Hamilton, Isaiah Washington, Edward James Olmos, and Hector Elizondo are all starring in. A description of the project from Sayles' website read: The plot concerns two friends, Bernice and Fontayne, who grow up so close they ‘go for sisters’, but then lose track of each other for twenty years. They are reunited when Bernice is assigned as the parole officer for Fontayne, who is fresh out of prison and fighting heroin addiction. But Bernice has an even more threatening problem. With a budget well under a million dollars »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Whether you measure your movies by box office, reviews, or popular appeal, Sony’s $125 million remake of the 1990 Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger interplanetary action fest Total Recall looks like a strike-out. The movie opened with a lethal softness; a $25.7 million first weekend meaning Recall won’t even come close to making back its budget during its domestic theatrical run. In fact, despite 22 years of ticket price increases, it’s doubtful the movie will even match the original’s $119.3 million haul.
And for those of you who think maybe the problem is Total Recall was outgunned opening while The Dark Knight Rises was still sucking up box office coin, entertain, at least for a moment if you will, the possibility the movie just plain sucks. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ canvas, almost 70% of reviewers – and over three-quarters of “top critics” – gave Total Recall a thumbs-down. Those who went to see the movie didn’t »
- Bill Mesce
• Susan Sarandon is set to voice Barb the Angel in Hell & Back. The R-rated stop-motion comedy, about two guys on a mission to rescue their friend who has been accidentally dragged to hell, also features the voice talent of Mila Kunis, Rob Riggle, Nick Swardson, T.J. Miller, Brian Posehn and Kumail Nanjiani. [Deadline]
• Sarandon has also earned some co-stars in another upcoming project. Proving that no holiday is safe from a celeb-filled ensemble flick, casting is moving along on Mother’s Day. Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) and real-life daughter Rainey Qualley have joined the cast of the indie drama about 12 mothers and their daughters. »
- Emily Rome
John Sayles is still churning out films on a fairly regular basis, and his most recent effort “Amigo” got its limited release in theaters in August last year. Starring Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”), the film was moderately well received, but grossed a tiny $184k from its release on a maximum of 10 screens. To say it was small would be an understatement. But such is the state of financing these days where guys like Sayles are left on the sidelines. But, keen to keep his fanbase updated with plans for his next film, Sayles has taken to his blog to speak about his upcoming 18th feature.
“Go For Sisters” is its name, and Sayles told readers of his site that he’ll be shooting it this summer and will be updating them with behind-the-scenes pictures and information throughout the process. So that’s what we can look forward to, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All right, Southland. That's more like it. You had a couple of off weeks but with this episode you're...well, you're not back but you're definitely moving up.
We open on Lydia chasing down a suspect, a young girl named Nicole. Lydia calls out for her to stop, like that ever works. After a few blocks Nicole gases in an alley and Lydia catches up. Nicole sobs “I ruined everything” and Lydia moves in to calm her. Out of nowhere Nicole does this spinning back fist move, catching Lydia on the arm with a knife. Nicole hops into a convenient truck and peels out, directly into a squad car blocking the exit. Freeze.
Ominous voiceover: “Yeah, we're saddling Lydia with another depressing story this week. Plus she's stuck in a pregnancy story. But the one bit with Tang and that other bit with Sammy and the dog? That *bleep* is hilarious. »
5 items from 2012
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