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The musical biopic seemed to be on something of a comeback streak during the middle part of the last decade, with both Ray and Walk the Line being big hits. That never quite panned out as many in Hollywood would have hoped; if you ask me, the best one from the last ten years is I’m Not There, a complex, sometimes frustrating portrait of an artist who isn’t always the most likable guy. Mainstream audiences aren’t too hot on the idea of something like that, so the best of that bunch failed. If you take this into account, the quick rise and fall of the subgenre over the last ten years makes sense.
But there is at least one man who wants to keep it alive, and that man is Walk the Line producer James Keach. According to Spinner (via ThePlaylist), he’s currently pushing a film about country musician Glen Campbell. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The country music drama has had a bit of mixed history of late. "Walk the Line" and "Crazy Heart" were popular box office and Oscar-winning hits while "Country Strong" and "My Own Love Song" tanked pretty hard. It's a tricky mix, creating an inspirational story that feels genuine, and when they don't, they feel as phony as a daytime soap opera. But "Walk the Line" producer James Keach thinks he's found a tale of a country legend worth telling and we're inclined to agree. Spinner reveals that Keach has signed on to develop a movie about the legendary Glen Campbell.… »
"...in this story of childhood love that knows no bounds, 'Will' (Sturridge) the quirky street performer with a heart of pure gold, reunites with 'Emma' (Bilson), the young actress he never stopped loving since they were childhood sweethearts.
"But when Will gets caught up in Emma's complicated past, his innocence and all-consuming passion could cost him everything he's ever wanted..."
Cast also includes Nikki Blonsky, K.C. Clyde, Blythe Danner, Roz Ryan, Matthew Davis, Larry Filion, Nelson Franklin, Richard Gant, K. Danor Gerald, Frank Gerrish, Charles Halford, Richard Jenkins, Scott Mechlowicz, Borzin Mottaghian, Joseph D. Reis, Andrew Roach, John Ross, Michelle Sebekzes, David Taylor and Ace Olson.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Waiting for Forever"...
- Michael Stevens
DVD Playhouse—July 2011
By Allen Gardner
The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The Movie Pool saddles up to watch The Long Riders on Blu-ray!
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 enhanced for widescreen televisions
Running Time: 100 minutes
Audio: English Mono DTS-hd Master Audio, French Mono, Italian Mono, Dutch Mono
Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish
Special Features: Theatrical Trailer
This true western tale follows the exploits of Frank and Jesse James and the Younger brothers, and how their lives intersected with the Miller and Ford brothers. The four sets of brothers are played by real-life acting brothers: James Keach plays Jesse James, Stacy Keach plays Frank James, David Carradine plays Cole Younger, Keith Carradine plays Jim Younger, Robert Carradine plays Bob Younger, Dennis Quaid plays Ed Miller, Randy Quaid plays Clell Miller, Christopher Guest plays Charlie Ford, and Nicholas Guest plays Robert Ford.
Director: Walter Hill
Howdy fans of HBO’s recent series “Deadwood” and the Coen brothers’ True Grit! Look out! Galloping down the Blu Ray trail is the 1980 epic “oater” The Long Riders. It tells the story of several of the great outlaw gangs. You may have seen other films concerning the exploits of these desperados. Well this version is worth a look for two reasons. It’s directed by one of the great action film makers to come out of the 1980′s-Walter Hill ( The Warriors, 48 Hours ). The other reason, and the film’s big marketing point, is the casting of the brothers with real life siblings-David, Keith, and Robert Carradine play the Younger brothers, Randy and Dennis Quaid are the Miller brothers, Nicholas and Christoper Guest are the Ford brothers, and James and Stacy Keach are the James brothers. This might seem like gimmick or “stunt” casting, but the family resemblances and dynamics enhance the story. »
- Jim Batts
Title: Waiting for Forever Director: James Keach Starring: Tom Sturridge (2011′s ‘On the Road), Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner People can wait years to be reunited with their true love, but it seems like they can’t postpone making money. A mere three months after it hit theaters in a limited released, the independent romantic drama ‘Waiting for Forever’ has been released onto DVD by its studio, Pch Film, without any bonus features. While the movie’s lead actors, Tom Sturridge and Rachel Bilson, have a natural spark and chemistry between them, their connection unfortunately won’t solely sell the DVD. ‘Waiting for Forever’ chronicles Will Donner (played by Sturridge) as he »
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (Original Release Date: 22 May 1981)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger is one of my favorite movies, and much of this review will be a love letter to it. I re-watched it for the review, but I didn't need to. If I were stranded on an island and had to reconstruct movie narratives to keep my sanity, I'd manage with The Legend of the Lone Ranger as well as I'd manage with The Empire Strikes Back or E.T.
People generally like The Empire Strikes Back and E.T. The same can't be said for The Legend of the Lone Ranger. The only group that wound up hating it more than the critics was the viewing public. I had no sense of this as a very young kid, though I would grow to suspect it when I moved back to America in the late eighties.
Blank stares »
- Thurston McQ
While we're still in the midst of Image's stellar release of "The Twilight Zone" Season 4 (look for a review really soon), the first details have surfaced regarding the very last season we all need to complete our set!
That's right, kids! Your next stop? August 30th! That's when "The Twilight Zone" Season 5 will be hitting store shelves. Home to some incredible episodes and stars like Bill Mumy, George Takei, Gladys Cooper, Jack Klugman, and Jackie Cooper, this is the season I've personally been waiting for! Mr. Garrity and the Graves in full 1080p? Joy to the friggin' world!
Dig on the extensive list of supplemental materials and the cover art below!
Twenty New Audio Commentaries, featuring "The Twilight Zone Companion" author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), Twilight Zone directors Ted Post, Richard Donner and Robert Butler, writer Earl Hamner, actors George Takei and Peter Mark Richman, »
- Uncle Creepy
Waiting For Forever is the latest outing from director James Keach and producer and wife Jane Seymour, well-known as the first 'Bond girl' of the Roger Moore era in Live And Let Die, as well as fantasy offerings such as Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and comedies including the 2006 hit Wedding Crashers.
Rachel Bilson (Jumper, The O.C.) and Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio and the pending On The Road) lead an impressive cast in an unusual love story. Sturridge plays Will, a quirky street performer with a free spirit and a heart of pure gold. The object of Will's lifelong affection is Emma (Bilson), the beautiful young actress whom he has never stopped loving since they were childhood sweethearts. But when they reunite, and Will gets swept up in Emma's complicated past, it's pretty obvious that this unconventional romantic journey may not lead to a happy ending.
We had »
Jane Seymour has been a celebrated actress for a number of years, from roles in the James Bond classic Live and Let Die, her title role in the popular TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and the 2005 comedy classic Wedding Crashers. What some might not know, though, is she has translated her success in front of the camera to a career behind the scenes as a producer. She executive produced a number of TV movies along with the 2007 comedy Blind Dating, which served as a stepping stone for a talented young actor named Chris Pine, before he became known worldwide as the new Captain Kirk in Star Trek.
Her latest effort as a producer is the romantic comedy Waiting for Forever, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on May »
The Long Riders, the outstanding 1980 Western film by Walter Hill (The Warriors) that details the final days of the notorious Jesse James gang, comes to Blu-ray disc on June 7 courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
We’re always excited when a vintage Walter Hill action movie comes to Blu-ray, as it gives his always gorgeous mise-en-scène and cinematography (in this case, by 48 Hrs.’s Ric Waite) a chance to shine.
The nifty gimmick behind The Long Riders is in the casting of four set of real-life brothers in the roles of the sibling members of the James-Younger bank-robbing gang: There’s Stacy and James Keach (Waiting for Forever) as Frank and Jesse James; Robert, Keith and David Carradine (Dark Fields) as Bob, Jim and Cole Younger; Randy and Dennis Quaid (Pandorum) as Clell and Ed Miller; and Nicholas »
Billed as “a story of childhood love that knows no bounds,” the movie tells the romantic tale of Will (Sturridge), a quirky street performer with a free spirit and a heart of pure gold, and Emma (Bilson), the beautiful young actress whom Will has never stopped loving since they were childhood sweethearts. Separated after Will’s parents died when he was nine years old and sent off to live with relatives, the two have not seen each other or communicated for 16 years when they encounter each other again. Will they reunite or will their complicated pasts and unsure futures put a damper on things? »
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Lori Loughlin says she has no regrets about departing “90210″ and is leaving the CW show “on the very best of terms.” Lori, who’s been playing mom to Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds on the series since 2008, departs at season’s end as the show’s young cast of characters graduates from high school and heads off into college life.
“The CW has a demographic and they need to write to that demographic and I think the CW does that really well, you know?” she says.
“I think, for me, it’s time to creatively move on, because there’s not that much for me to do, and again, I understand and I have no hard feelings.”
Not that Loughlin’s character has lacked for drama through the years, with her own hot romances and a rivalry with Jennie Garth that »
- Beck / Smith
What would you do if you found out that a dear friend from your childhood that you haven.t seen in years has been silently following you all around the country, desperate to reconnect with his childhood? It.s a heavy conflict to say the least, and one tackled between Rachel Bilson and Tom Sturridge in Waiting for Forever. Talking with the two actors as a part of a roundtable interview, they discussed how they came to their characters, what it was like working under director James Keach, and Sturridge.s new found hatred for the art of juggling. Check out the interview below. Tom, did you do all of the juggling yourself in the film? Tom Sturridge: It.s only because I had an extraordinarily good teacher, who took me from being a complete idiot into being able to do it. It was cool. Rachel Bilson: I witnessed it. »
By Erin Darling
www.hollywoodnews.com: Don’t ask him about his close friend Robert Pattinson, because this young actor is determined to make a name for himself on his own.
Tom Sturridge wants to clear something up.
Contrary to popular internet lore, he didn’t find the script for Waiting for Forever on Robert Pattinson’s floor, so stop asking. It’s true that he found it on the floor, but it was at a female friend’s house, and his fellow actor/friend of Twilight fame had nothing to do with it.
Sturridge says he has no idea how that rumor started circulating on the web, but he thinks it’s pretty funny that every time he mentions the word “friend,” the world automatically assumes it’s Rob Pattinson. “Because I only have one friend,” he says jokingly. But this British actor is poised to break out of Pattinson’s shadow. »
- Erin Darling
Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson attend Waiting For Forever Los Angeles Premiere. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Dendire Taylor attends Waiting For Forever Los Angeles Premiere. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Crista Flanagan attends Waiting For Forever Los Angeles Premiere. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Scott Mechlowicz, Blythe Danner, Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson attend Waiting For Forever Los Angeles Premiere. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. James Keach, Jane Semour attend Waiting For Forever Los Angeles Premiere. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. 02/01/2011 - Blythe Danner - "Waiting For Forever" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals - Pacific Theatres at The Grove - Los Angeles, CA, USA © »
- Michelle Wray
"I'd be in the airport and I'd be stopped: 'Didn't you used to be Mike Hammer?' " Stacy Keach recalls good-humoredly. "And then it was, 'Didn't you used to be the warden in 'Prison Break'? And then it was 'Didn't you used to be Stacy Keach?' "Rest assured. Stacy Keach is still Stacy Keach—affable, articulate, and thoughtful. Though perhaps best known as the cool and canny detective Mike Hammer or the paternal warden Henry Pope, the veteran actor has never stopped acting. Indeed, he is currently appearing in Jon Robin Baitz's new play, "Other Desert Cities," at Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse through Feb. 7. He plays staunchly conservative and emotionally torn husband-father Lyman Wyeth, who heads a well-heeled Palm Springs family crippled by lies and secrets. (The cast features Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin, Elizabeth Marvel, and Thomas Sadowksi.) Thematic motifs include compassion vs. »
The actress' child by her third husband David Flynn plays her daughter in the film and Keach plays a businessman.
And Seymour reveals the writer penned the screenplay after spending time with the family.
She says, "The producers and the writer had met Katie... at my house and just thought what a great dynamic to have my real daughter play my daughter." »
Waiting For Forever comes to theaters on February 4th, 2011, directed by James Keach and starring Rachel Bilson (Bff & Baby, How I Met Your Mother), Tom Sturridge (On the Road, Junkhearts), Matthew Davis (Damages, The Vampire Diaries), Scott Mechlowicz (Cat Run), Nikki Blonsky (Huge), Richard Jenkins (The Three Stooges, Friends with Benefits, Let Me In) and Blythe Danner (Little Fockers, Paul, Detachment).
About Waiting For Forever:
A unique love story about friendship and a view of the world from different perspectives, Waiting For Forever explores the connections people make in the face of life’s changes. Best friends while they were growing up, Emma (Rachel Bilson) and Will (Tom Sturridge) lost touch a long time ago–as far as she knows. To Will, Emma never stopped being the most important person in his life. Believing them to be forever linked, he goes wherever she goes. Will doesn’t have a home, »
- Terry Boyden
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