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The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Beginning with “Late Night” on NBC in 1982 and continuing with the “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS in 1993, the gap-toothed, be-spectacled, Indiana-born “Dave” became America’s most exceptional everyman — finding unconventional ways to point out the silliness of daily life. Here’s how his hosting style forever changed late-night TV.
10. The Top Ten List
The segment mocked the media convention (ahem) of ranking everything from the eligibility of bachelors to the popularity of songs, while shunning anything in eleventh place and beyond. It debuted in 1985 with “Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas.” Over the years, guest presenters added another layer of humor: see actor John Malkovich reading “Top Ten Things That Sound Creepy When Said by John Malkovich,” or our current president and then-senator intoning the farcical “Top Ten Barack Obama Campaign Promises” in 2008. Total Top Tens by the time the show wraps: 4,605.
9. Recurring segments fueled by absurdity
- Kate Hahn
Screenterrier posted details of open casting calls to find Peter, Wendy and Tiger Lily for a new ITV drama based on the classic children's novel Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, now called Peter & Wendy, and the cast has now been announced.
13 year old Hazel Doupe from Ireland, will star in the joint roles of twelve year old Lucy Rose, a patient at modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Wendy Darling, in her re-imagining of Peter Pan story.
Hazel (represented by Macfarlane Chard), who attends Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, played Sarah in the Rte docu/drama Titanic, Blood and Steel, and starred in Irish thriller Jack Taylor:Shot Down,
Natifa Mai (represented by Identity Agency) has been cast in »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
The following article has been adapted from a lengthier essay on the film written in 2011.Cinema is always in a state of change. Consequences of this constant flux become more obvious in retrospect, as movements come and go and film form evolves. One of the clearest indications of cinema’s major shifts lies in its technological advancements. Today’s changes are anything but subtle—we can notice them as they occur before us. Regardless of where one stands on the topic of cinema’s health as an art form, it can be agreed that it is going through some of its most monumental changes. Indeed it is even technically switching mediums, as the digital revolution is rendering celluloid obsolete. In Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), new technology is revealed to be not a danger but a challenge, and an opportunity to explore new potential in filmmaking. The essentials of film form »
- Adam Cook
Eastbound and Down, Season 4, Episode 8, “Chapter 29
Directed by Jody Hill
Aired November 17, 2013 on HBO
First off, the interesting thing about the series finale of Eastbound & Down is that it was technically the second series finale this show had seen. The show, created by Jody Hill and star Danny McBride, followed the journey of Kenny Powers (McBride), a burned out Major League Pitcher as he fought his way back to the Majors and reclaimed the love of his high school sweetheart April (Katy Mixon). The show originally came to an end with season 3, and it was a fantastic finale. Then, several months later, it was announced that they would be doing one more season. What changed? Hill and McBride now had the opportunity to get Mixon for a full season, rather than just the 2 episodes she had in season 3, thus giving »
- Dylan Griffin
London — Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights outside Nordic territories to “Klown Forever,” the sequel to the 2010 hit Danish comedy “Klown.” In addition, Protagonist has taken over worldwide distribution of the first film and will be talking up both at Cannes next week.
Based on the long-running TV series (2005-08), the Klown films center on the antics of two thirtysomething best friends and comedy partners, Frank, played by Frank Hvam, and Casper, played by Casper Christensen. Hvam and Christensen also wrote both features, while one of Denmark’s biggest filmmakers, Mikkel Norgard (“The Keeper of Lost Causes”), is the director and Jesper Zartov produces.
In “Klown Forever,” Frank and Casper’s friendship is tested when Casper decides to move to Los Angeles and pursue a solo career there. Determined to win back his friend, Frank follows him to California for a holiday of spectacular misadventures.
Among those making »
- Leo Barraclough
Protagonist has also taken over worldwide distribution of the first film and will be talking up both at next week’s Cannes Marche.
Based on a Danish TV series that ran from 2005 to 2008, the Klown films centre on the irreverent antics of two thirtysomething best friends and comedy partners Frank, played by Frank Hvam, and Casper, played by Casper Christensen.
Hvam and Christensen also wrote both features, while one of Denmark’s biggest film-makers Mikkel Norgard (The Keeper Of Lost Causes) returns to direct the sequel and Jesper Zartov produces.
In Klown Forever, Frank and Casper’s friendship is tested when Casper decides to move to Los Angeles and pursue »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
Some very promising casting news today, as Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish have been set as the principal cast for Toa Fraser’s 6 Days, a siege thriller that the Auckland-based director will shoot this summer as the follow-up to his acclaimed drama The Dead Lands.
Based on a true story, the thriller centers on the storming of the Iranian Embassy at Princes Gate in London, in April of 1980. Six armed gunmen took over two dozen people inside the embassy as hostages during their campaign for Arab national sovereignty in the Khūzestān Province of Iran. The hostage-takers demanded the release of Arab prisoners from jails in the province, located in the south of Iran, as well as their own safe passage out of England, which the British government refused to grant. The ensuing six days saw tensions rise and hostages die violently, culminating in a raid by a group »
- Isaac Feldberg
Stars: Raffaello Degruttola, Steven Waddington, Rebecca Atkinson, Jody Marriott Bar-Lev, Kacey Barnfield, Camille Coduri, Josh Cohen, Shelley Conn, Collette Cooper, Dan Davies, Skye Lucia Degruttola, Simone Lahbib, David Elliot, Sadie Frost, Christopher Fulford, Abhin Galeya | Written and Directed by Raffaello Degruttola
Flim The Movie is a very clever, very funny mockumentary. It was a surprise hit at Raindance Film Festival 2014 and despite a low budget and miniscule marketing spend found itself nominated for a British Independent Film Award alongside big hitters like Calvary and The Imitation Game. The story centres around a hapless, wannabe Bollywood director called Ravi (played by Raffaello Degruttola). He claims to have made at least one short film back in India and has come to the UK to make his first feature film. Capturing this is the Nick Broomfield-cum-Louis Theroux documentarian Scott (played by Steven Waddington).
As well as star in it, Degruttola produced and directed it. »
- Stuart Wright
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
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Nebraska screenwriter Bob Nelson has just struck a deal with Amazon, landing his first official pilot order. The half-hour coming-of-age comedy Highston was written by Nelson and will be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) and exec produced by Sacha Baron Cohen.
According to Deadline, Highston will be a single-camera project following the life of 19-year-old Highston Liggetts who, rather than living in the unfamiliar world he’s facing, chooses to retreat into his own imagination where his companions are his famous “friends.”
Nelson is most well known for scripting the 2013 indie roadtrip comedy Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte and directed by Alexander Payne. He is currently in post production on his follow-up film The Confirmation (of which he wrote and directed) — a 90-minute comedy starring Clive Own, Maria Bellow and Patton Oswalt.
Cohen is currently shooting his latest film Grimsby about a top »
- William Fanelli
Amazon Studios is bolstering its collection of comedy projects with a new pilot that promises to be very nice. According to Deadline, the video division of the online retailer has given a pilot order to Highston, a coming-of-age series written by Nebraska scribe Bob Nelson , executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, and directed by Little Miss Sunshine duo Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton.
Highston, which is currently casting, centers on a titular 19-year-old who is "perched on the edge of adulthood," says Deadline. In order to help himself cope with the real world, he follows the advice of famous figures, whom he conjures up in his imagination.
The writer and executive producer of Highston are both Academy Award nominees. Nelson earned a nomination for Nebraska in 2013, while Baron Cohen picked up a screenwriting nod of his own for his 2006 film Borat. Faris and Dayton were not nominated for their work on Little Miss Sunshine, »
- Sam Gutelle
Bob Nelson continues his late-bloomer dream run. After earning an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, Nebraska, at age 57, the writer-performer has landed his first pilot order. We’ve learned that Amazon is moving ahead with Highston, a half-hour coming-of-age comedy, written by Nelson, executive produced by Borat and Bruno‘s Sacha Baron Cohen and to be directed by the Little Miss Sunshine duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The single-camera project, which… »
If you are a fan of films like Borat, The Dictator and Brüno, then chances are you are pretty excited for the latest directorial effort by Larry Charles — the Nicolas Cage-led comedy Army Of One. Now with the inclusion of some top-tier comedians, the project is looking even more promising.
The upcoming satire has just picked up a whole slew of hilarious comedians which, according to Deadline, includes the likes of Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Ken Marino, Paul Scheer and Denis O’Hare. The crew is set to join the already-announced Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) in the assassination comedy, which is now in production.
Army Of One was penned by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath. It’s inspired by the true story of Colorado handyman Gary Faulkner, who has no proper skills or prior military training, sees a vision that »
- William Fanelli
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen welcomed a baby boy last week, and now his incredibly cute name has been revealed. The stars, who are already parents to daughters Olive and Elula, named their first son Montgomery Moses Brian Baron Cohen, TMZ reports. News of the couple's pregnancy first broke back in October. Since then, we've caught glimpses of Isla's bump during a Hawaiian family vacation in January and her hilarious appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in February, where Jennifer Aniston got up close and personal. Congratulations on the newest addition! »
Variety is reporting Russell Brand and Rainn Wilson have joined Nicolas Cage in the Larry Charles-directed (Borat, The Dictator) comedy Army Of One, as well as Denis O'Hare (Dallas Buyers Club), Ken Marino (Bad Milo), Paul Scheer (The League) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!). Charles is directing the film from a script by Draft Day scribes Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph. Army Of One is based (although loosely) on a GQ article by Chris Heath about Colorado resident Gary »
- Jesse Giroux
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen remain as private as ever—but some things can't help but go public. The couple welcomed their third child recently, and now we know some specifics. According to the baby's birth certificate, obtained today by TMZ, Fisher gave birth to a baby boy, their first son together! Montgomery Moses Brian Baron Cohen was born on March 17 (a happy St. Paddy's Day, indeed), joining sisters Elula, 4, and Olive, 7, in the family fold. To date, Cohen and Fisher—who quietly tied the knot in Paris in 2005—have gone with the see-it-to-believe-it route with their major life events, letting Fisher's visible baby bumps confirm her pregnancies and, last week, »
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