18 items from 2014
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
The drama stars Aniston as Claire, a woman suffering from constant and chronic pain following a car crash.
A depressed Claire comes to find solace in investigating the suicide of a woman from her chronic pain support group named Nina (Anna Kendrick).
The promo shows her attempting to procure drugs in Mexico, accompanied by her housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza).
Cake is due for release in 2015. »
In a departure from the sexy boss and stripper-disguised-as-mom roles that Jennifer Aniston has played of late, the drama film Cake has Aniston playing Claire, a woman who’s hopped up on meds after a car crash that renders her in constant and chronic pain. Wallowing in self-pity and painkillers, the depressed and bitter Claire finds solace in investigating the death of Nina (Anna Kendrick), a woman from Claire’s chronic pain support group who commits suicide.
In a clip below, watch Aniston try to procure drugs in Mexico with loyal housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza). »
- Teresa Jue
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
With its bitter-comic approach to heavy themes of suicide, addiction, and grief, and featuring the kind of protagonist that wins Sandra Bullocks Oscars, Cake makes itself available for holding at arm’s length. Its symbolism is heavy-handed from title card onward, plotting is incidental yet often contrived, and it’s hard to shake the feeling that the film is more about career therapy for a few of its stars than about seeking emotional truths.
It’d be more galling if that last part weren’t Cake‘s main feature instead of a bug. Jennifer Aniston stars as Claire Simmons, a scarred trauma survivor living with chronic pain. It’s a thoroughly abrasive role, one you could cynically call out as awards-bait if Aniston weren’t such a believable, attractive centre holding Cake together. »
- Sam Woolf
Jennifer Aniston — Oscar contender? You better believe it after the tumultuous standing ovation she received at the Elgin Theatre on Monday afternoon for her potentially career-changing film Cake after the end credits had rolled. Sans makeup but for scars and other disfigurements, Aniston proved way beyond cosmetic changes that she is the real thing. She’s heartbreakingly good, alternately bitingly dramatic and funny in this story of a woman suffering with chronic pain. It is also partially to the credit of writer Patrick Tobin and director Daniel Barnz (Phoebe In Wonderland, Won’t Back Down) that Aniston’s character Claire doesn’t strike a false note throughout.
Given the right distributor (and I hear several are in the hunt) this should be Aniston’s Monster or Monster’s Ball — or even Dallas Buyers Club, which transformed Matthew McConaughey’s career last year and brought him the Best Actor Oscar. There »
- Pete Hammond
A strong if self-consciously deglammed performance from Jennifer Aniston deserves more honest story treatment than it gets in “Cake,” . Approaching such heavy issues as suicide, grief, separation and pill addiction with a disarming sense of humor, director Daniel Barnz and screenwriter Patrick Tobin attempt to pull off an emotional bait-and-switch by suddenly revealing a more sympathetic side to their anti-heroine, falling back on one of the hoariest and most overused of movie cliches in the process. Although Aniston and other cast names will draw distrib and audience interest, this manipulatively layered “Cake” probably won’t rise to the occasion in limited theatrical play and VOD rotation.
From the opening scene of her annoyingly touchy-feely, I-respect-your-feelings support group for sufferers of chronic pain, Claire Simmons (Aniston) has the audience firmly on her side. While everyone else expresses shock and sadness over the loss of one of their own, Nina, who recently »
- Justin Chang
Toronto — Chances are that anyone who saw Daniel Barnz's "Phoebe in Wonderland" at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival has been wondering if we'd ever see "that" talented director again. In the years since, he tried to jump on the Ya wagon with the misfire "Beastly" and got terribly lost in the studio world with 2012's "Won't Back Down." He may still be a little rough around the edges, but the Barnz who showed so much promise with "Phoebe" is back with the new drama "Cake," which premiered Monday at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. And as much as "Cake" is something of a comeback for Barnz, it's really on most people's radar for being a rare dramatic turn for Jennifer Aniston, and she doesn't disappoint. We're first introduced to Aniston's character, Claire, at a chronic pain support group trying to cope with the suicide of one of their members, Nina »
- Gregory Ellwood
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza has joined the cast of Netflix's new series “Narcos,” TheWrap has learned. Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, series follows the cocaine drug cartels around the world and the efforts of law enforcement to stop them. Also read: Jennifer Aniston Joined by Brad Pitt's ‘Babel’ Co-Star in ‘Cake’ (Exclusive) Wagner Moura stars as Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, while “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal plays a Mexican DEA agent who's sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him. Barraza will play Pablo Escobar's mother, Hermilda Escobar. »
- Jeff Sneider
Betting on a title that is being tipped as a potential big breakout this fall in Mexico, Fox Intl. Productions (Fip) has teamed with Mexico’s Beanca Films on “Guten Tag, Ramon,” about a Mexican teen who flies to Germany, and finally finds friends, a kind of family, dignity and respect.
Fox Intl. Productions will co-produce “Guten Tag Ramon” and will handle distrbution in all of Latin America, including Mexico, where it will release “Guten Tag, Ramon” this fall. It will also distribute in the U.S. and Germany.
Structured as a Mexico-German co-production, and written and directed by Mexico’s Jorge Ramirez-Suarez (“Rabbit On the Moon”), “Guten Tag” toplines Kristyan Ferrer (“Sin Nombre,” “Days of Grace”), Germany’s Ingeborg Schoener (“The Cow and I”), Arcelia Ramirez (“Instructions Not Included”) and Oscar-nominated Adriana Barraza (“Babel”).
‘Guten Tag, Ramón’ tells a story in “The Intouchables” vein of 18-year-old Ramon, a »
- John Hopewell
Become a part of the phenomenon that captivated the nation! Off the heels of the three-time Emmy-nominated* History Channel miniseries The Bible, visionary Executive Producers Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) are back to tell the most important chapter of the greatest story ever told - Son of God - on Blu-ray and DVD June 3 and Digital HD May 6 from LightWorkers Media and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. After grossing more than $60 million in box office sales and earning a coveted "A" Cinemascore opening weekend, Son of God comes home to entertain and inspire millions of families and communities across the globe.
"What an honor it has been to bring the story of the life of Jesus Christ to so many people. Now families can bring the »
Jennifer Aniston will have quite the “support” group of actors for her next journey into indie film format. Moving away from familiar rom com territory, TheWrap reports that the A-lister and the previously announced Adriana Barraza and Mamie Gummer will be joined by Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, the wife-hubby tandem of Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters, Camille Mana, Manuel Garcia Rulfo and finally, Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Daniel Barnz’s Cake, a 2013 Black List project, should be lensing fairly soon. Messina will play Aniston’s ex-husband who still cares about her deeply, while Huffman will play the facilitator of the support group. Kendrick will appear as a ghost who taunts Claire. Mana will play Claire’s nurse, who has no patience for her demands.
Gist: Based on Patrick Tobin’s script, Aniston will play an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of »
- Eric Lavallee
Nearly a decade since she earned an Oscar nomination after working with Brad Pitt on “Babel,” Adriana Barraza has signed on to join Jennifer Aniston in the indie drama “Cake,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Daniel Barnz (“Won't Back Down”) will direct from Patrick Tobin's script, which was voted to the 2013 Black List. Aniston will play an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina, a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, Claire also grapples. »
- Jeff Sneider
This story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On Feb. 28, 20th Century Fox's Son of God will open with one of the most extensive outreach campaigns to U.S. Hispanics. Fox is delivering 3,000 dual-track digital copies to theaters that can show the Mark Burnett-produced Jesus film in English or Spanish, and many in heavily Latino areas have committed to play it with dubbing by Mexican actors Eduardo Verastegui, Adriana Barraza and Blanca Soto. Photos: 13 Devilishly Handsome Actors Who've Played the Son of God Fox also enlisted entertainment marketing
- Paul Bond
Based on a true story, the plot centers on two brothers — one under the wing of a shaman, the other working for a corrupt corporation — who must choose where their loyalties lie when their ancestral home faces destruction. [Source: Deadline]
Franco plays a war journalist who has been in Afghanistan but suddenly finds himself doing crime reporting in Northern California. [Source: Showbiz 411]
- Garth Franklin
Mads Mikkelsen will probably do something awesome in brewing true story tale "First Law." Set to be directed by Diego Rafecas, and co-starring Armand Assante and Adriana Barraza, the Argentina set story follows "two brothers—one under the wing of a shaman, the other working for a corrupt mega-corporation—who must choose where their loyalties lie when their ancestral home faces destruction." No word yet on when production might begin, but it's probably safe to say Mikkelsen will be the face of that evil company. [Deadline] "Troll Hunter" director Andre Øvredal has tapped Martin Sheen to star in "The Autopsy of Jane Doe." The psychological horror flick, penned by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, follows "a small-town mortician who receives a mysterious homicide victim, a beautiful young 'Jane Doe,' with no apparent cause of death." Production will begin this summer. [ScreenDaily] And speaking of horror, "I Know What You Did Last Summer »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Berlin – Mads Mikkelsen, the star of NBC's Hannibal and Thomas Vinterberg's Oscar-nominated The Hunt, has joined First Law, a feature written and directed by Argentine helmer Diego Rafecas (Paco). Veteran actors Armand Assante (Judge Dredd) and the Oscar-nominated Adriana Barraza (Babel) co-star in the feature, for which Stealth Media Group is handling international sales. Stealth will be showing footage of First Law to buyers at the European Film Market.
First Law focuses on two very different brothers -- one an executive of a corrupt multinational, the other
- Scott Roxborough
Oliver is the baby of the family. But you wouldn't know it from the way the thirteen-year-old boy smokes, drinks and wisecracks his way through Steve Clark's visually assured sophomore feature "Night Has Settled," which world-premiered this weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.Set in 1983 New York, the indie drama sits somewhere between the films of Larry Clark and the novels of Jonathan Safran Foer on the scale of adolescent coming-of-age ickiness. It's uncomfortable yet tender, droll yet tragic, and often at the same time. In a cramped flat, Oliver (Spencer List) lives with his single mom Luna (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), his older sister (Courtney Baxter) and live-in nanny Aida (Adriana Barraza, Oscar-nominated for playing another nanny in "Babel"). Oliver rolls with a rough crowd of smoking, drinking, oversexed kids well into their teens. His Bohemian artist mother isn't around much and when she is, they share »
- Ryan Lattanzio
18 items from 2014
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