19 items from 2013
Ph: Emily Shur
TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, a star-studded special celebrating the comedy legend. The highest honor for a career in the movies, the American Film Institute bestowed the honor on Brooks during a black-tie gala held in Hollywood on June 6. Many of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out for the tribute, which will premiere on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.(Et/Pt) and encore on TCM Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. (Et) as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks.
Among the more than 1,000 guests gathered for Brooks were Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Jon Avnet, Roger Bart, Richard Benjamin, James L Brooks, Billy Crystal, Sasha Baron Cohen, Stuart Cornfeld, Bob Daly, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Eugenio Derbez, Carey Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Teri Garr, Vince Gilligan, Marshall Herskovitz, Dustin Hoffman, »
- Melissa Thompson
Halfhour comedy centers on a fictional version of Matt LeBlanc and the Hollywood TV biz, as a Brit show is brought to America and casts LeBlanc in order to make the show friendlier to U.S. auds. Paybler ordered a nine-episode third season of the comedy last fall.
- AJ Marechal
“The process was similar because it is the same director but I remember reading the script that he and Eric Roth [Forrest Gump] wrote, and thought at that moment of my career that it was the best script I had ever read,” recalls William Goldenberg who earned the respect of Michael Mann for his film editing work on Heat (1995) that he was hired again for The Insider (1999). “When they got Al Pacino [Serpico] and Russell Crowe [Man of Steel], I thought even before the movie started that there was a chance that it would be phenomenal.” Crowe was particularly impressive in the movie chronicling the CBS 60 Minutes scandal which resulted in a news item being pulled off the air due to corporate intervention. “If he did 15 takes they were all great. It was which great one to use and why? »
“Inspired by true events,” earnest but clunky inspirational drama “A Green Story” chronicles the struggles of a Greek emigre who rises from poverty to become the leading inventor of eco-friendly household cleaning solvents. It’s about as exciting as that sounds, despite reasonably slick presentation by writer-director-producer Nika Agiashivili. Some familiar names in supporting roles will help boost visibility, but prospects for the pic (which opens theatrically in New York and Los Angeles this Friday) are modest at best in any format.
Played in maturity by Ed O’Ross, Van Vlahakis is a gloomy self-made man who’s owner and CEO of “Earth-Friendly Products,” an innovator in the field of “green” detergents. Flashbacks reveal his angst
as stemming from the childhood loss of a father to Nazi occupiers; a rough initial landing in the U.S., including time in a homeless shelter (with George Finn as the young adult Van »
- Dennis Harvey
Last Vegas has released a trailer.
When the last of the singletons in their number (Douglas) announces his impending marriage, the friends meet up for a four-day bachelor party in Las Vegas.
Last Vegas will debut on November 1 in the Us and on December 20 in the UK. »
Sneak Peek the first trailer from CBS Films' new comedy "Last Vegas, directed by Jon Turtletaub, starring Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline, opening November 1, 2013:
"...'Billy' (Douglas), 'Paddy' (De Niro), 'Archie' (Freeman) and 'Sam' (Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed 'Sin City' and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The 'Rat Pack' may have once played the 'Sands' and 'Cirque du Soleil' may now rule the 'Strip', but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas..."
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- Michael Stevens
Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick
The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.
Billy (Academy Award®-winner Michael Douglas), Paddy (Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro), Archie (Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award®-winner Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.
- Michelle McCue
CBS Films has released the first trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas. The film stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas). This teaser trailer sells the film hard as “The Hangover with old guys,” but despite the forced premise, Last Vegas actually looks like it could be kind of fun. All four of the lead actors are Academy Award winners, and it’s interesting to see someone like Freeman just completely let loose and go full-on comedy. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, and Roger Bart. Last Vegas opens on November 1st. Via Yahoo! Movies. Here’s the official synopsis for Last Vegas: Billy »
- Adam Chitwood
From Director/Screenwriter David Dubos (The Roommate, Leprechaun 3) and Produced by Xavier Salinas (Net Effect, Dead By Friday) comes Bayou Tales. Starring Roger Bart ( ABC’s Revenge, Hostel II), Lin Shaye ( Insidious), and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead, Battle: Los Angeles).
- John Miles
Before "Revenge" Season 2 finishes its finale this May, one central member of the show's cast will die. The exact identity of the victim is not known, but it will be someone important. Could it be Daniel? Aiden? Emily herself?
We will have to wait until the two-hour finale airs on Sunday, May 12, but we can guess about the dead person's identity in the meantime.
There are only a few clues to go on. TVLine quotes "Revenge creator Mike Kelley as saying the death (which is not a fake-out this time) will be "one of our core cast members." The identity of the victim will be known by the end of the finale -- so we don't have to wait until the next season like we did with Victoria last year.
Finally, there is one more hint: "It'll be a surprise who it is," Kelley said. "It's certainly a surprise to Emily. »
On TV this Sunday: The Good Wife hosts special guests both familiar and Fringe, Revenge reverts to form, HBO cues up a Phil Spector biopic and Family Guy sequesters itself. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within) — and with March Madness unfolding on CBS, TNT and TBS — here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | Once Upon a Time : Will Regina Make [Spoiler] Disappear?
8 pm Live From Lincoln Center (PBS) | Great White Way gal Kristen Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies, Gcb) sings her heart out in a concert that includes selections from 42nd Street, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd and Hello, »
- Kimberly Roots
We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for A Resurrection, the first teaser trailer for Ten, a review of Smiley, and much more:
First Teaser Trailer for Ten: “Ten is a collectivist, post-exploitation psychological thriller devised as a possible explanation for the events of the 1972 Spektor Island Massacre. On a cold December afternoon, ten women arrive at a mansion on Spektor Island, famed for years of reported hauntings and strange activities. Will they live through the night?
The all-female cast film is a response to exploitation, slasher, and thriller films, with particular focus on the kind of storytelling prominent in b-movies and genre films from the 1950s to the 1980s. It explores the meaning and fluidity of identity and takes a number of surprising turns, paying homage to filmmakers and producers such as Alfred Hitchcock, »
- Tamika Jones
We here at Collider are happy to debut the first trailer and poster for director Charles Matthau’s (The Grass Harp) adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky. The story centers on a former bomb squad officer (Billy Burke) who is transferred to the sex crimes unit where he gets suspended for investigating the rich, powerful and drunk Woody Ricks (Crispin Glover) after falling for a young woman (Sabina Gadecki). He decides to enact revenge, but along the way stumbles upon an odd group of characters including a Black Panther (Michael Jai White) and an ex-fugitive (Breanne Racano) and her bombing partner (Christian Slater). Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the poster. Freaky Deaky also stars Roger Bart and will be released on DVD on February 26th. Here’s the synopsis for Freaky Deaky: Chris Mankowski (Billy Burke) used to be on the Detroit Police bomb squad, »
- Adam Chitwood
Shawn Dawnson Talks Smiley, available this week on DVD
Evil wears a smile in director Michael J. Gallagher's Smiley, which arrives on DVD this week. After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named Smiley can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim.
We recently caught up with one of the stars of the film, Shane Dawson, who has amassed a huge fanbase online for his hilarious Youtube videos. Smiley serves as the actor's first feature role, and a dramatic departure from the comedy skits he's known for. Soon to be a major force in entertainment and a household name before the end of the decade (you may not know him yet, but your kids sure do), we sat down with Shane to find out more about the movie, and his involvement in it. »
This week Michael Gallagher's indie urban legend slasher Smiley arrives on DVD via Arc Entertainment. Gallagher's film explores the dangers of Internet chatting through a serial killer that can be summoned if given the proper command ("I did it for the lulz").
Smiley is a bit of Candyman meets Bloody Mary meets Hackers (minus Matthew Lillard's sweet braids of course); and Dread Central recently hopped on the phone with Gallagher to talk about what inspired the story, his experiences working with both his younger stars as well as the more seasoned actors including Roger Bart, Keith David and Liza Weil, and whether or not Smiley will strike fear into computers once again in a sequel.
Dread Central: It's funny to me just how much technology has changed society in the last ten years; it's even something you can see when watching movies. Was that something that resonated with »
After a number of years spent sifting through independently-produced horror movies of every size, shape, quality, and nationality, one starts to notice the little intangibles. Things like intent, effort, and passion -- and, on the other hand, stuff like laziness, cynicism, and outright plagiarism. One of the recent "discoveries" on my horror rounds was an American indie called Smiley that, oddly enough for such a tiny film, earned itself a small theatrical run a few months back, probably because the sales agent knew what s/he was doing. Michael J. Gallagher's monumentally uneventful slasher flick Smiley comfortably joins the ranks of films like Chain Letter, Blood Creek, and Creature: low-rent horror flicks that play theaters only so the DVD sales sheets can legally say "fresh off a successful theatrical run!"
Because not even the creators of Smiley could believe that a movie this woeful could pack any appreciable number »
- Scott Weinberg
Entertainment One has announced the DVD release of Freaky Deaky on February 26. This adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel will be priced at $19.98 Srp. Take a look at the cover art and special features below.
Chris Mankowski (Billy Burke) used to be on the Detroit Police bomb squad, but it's not until he's transferred to sex crimes that he gets a real taste of juggling dynamite. After falling for the lovely Greta Wyatt (Sabina Gadecki), he gets suspended for investigating the rich, powerful and drunk Woody Ricks (Crispin Glover). Taking matters into his own hands, Mankowski quickly realizes it won't be easy to get justice for Greta. From former Black Panther Donnell Lewis (Michael Jai White) to sexy ex-fugitive Robin Abbott (Breanne Racano) and her erstwhile bombing partner Skip Gibbs (Christian Slater), everyone wants something from Ricks. With all these unscrupulous deviants in the mix, one thing's for certain... it's gonna get freaky! »
We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, which contains all the independent horror news recently sent our way. This week’s edition looks be our biggest yet, with trailers for Molly Crow and VIViD, news on the Shriekfest Film Festival, a new clip from Bad Kids Go to Hell, multiple short films, and much more:
First Details on Alice D: “In the early 1900′s the Davenport House was a famous and successful brothel, until a young prostitute named Alice killed herself there. After her death, the brothel became haunted by Alice’s ghost, and was eventually abandoned. One hundred years later, the old structure is renovated into a beautiful mansion. It is still rumored to inhabit the ghost of Alice. Despite this, the new owner; the rich and arrogant heir to the Davenport fortune, decides to throw a wild party for his first night in the house. »
- Tamika Jones
A few tidbits on smaller horror films have come to light, and here is a quick rundown!
Just before that, on February 8th, Spiders 3D is coming to VOD. Here’s the final poster art for the film, which should look familiar to those following the film:
Finally, we have the red band trailer for Ghost Team One, a Slamdance horror entry described as Paranormal Activity meets Harold And Kumar:
- Andy Greene
19 items from 2013
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