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Something I didn’t realise was happening is that Netflix UK and Ireland actually has a blog and what they have been doing on the rare update is providing information on which ISP’s are actually providing the fastest service. For the last couple of months the top two have always been Virgin and BT with BT coming out on top. Surprisingly though this month it’s switched around and Virgin is on top, considering the negative feedback I always hear about them this is very interesting.
If you google ‘Netflix News’ then you can usually find this blog and check the updates because otherwise it’s not the easiest thing to find via the site. It’s not only a good way of checking that you will get a reliable service if you are just starting out but a good way of seeing whether or not it is worth »
- Chris Holt
Stuart Blumberg, writer of Keeping the Faith, The Kids are All Right and The Girl Next Door, took to the director’s chair for the first time here, with Thanks for Sharing, a story of sex addiction starring the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Alecia ‘Pink’ Moore and Patrick Fugit. It’s a decent cast and Blumberg is a very good writer, so I was interested to see how he faired as a director, and how this mish-mashed, though very good, cast would do under his guidance.
Ruffalo plays Adam, a guy who we meet as he is celebrating his fifth year in sex addiction sobriety. His sponsor, and friend, Mike (Robbins) is also an addict who is juggling his job, »
- Chris Cummings
News Simon Brew 3 Apr 2014 - 07:06
That said, several of his books seem suddenly destined for the big screen again. A movie take on The Testament is apparently in the hands of director Stuart Blumberg (Thanks For Sharing), although we can't find anything concrete on that at the moment. Furthermore, The Racketeer had been linked with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa, and rumours persist of a film of The Partner.
Celebrating the convergence of the film and fashion industries, specialized French fest A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival (Asvoff) will be bowing in New York in March, with works by Bruce Weber, Mike Figgis, and Stuart Blumberg unspooling. Special tribute will also be paid to Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 cult pic “Puzzle of a Downfall Child,” which starred Faye Dunaway as a former fashion model on a downward spiral.
Founded and headed by Paris-based fashion journalist Diane Pernet, the event, now at its sixth edition, is held annually at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and has several satellite editions, including Rome, London, and Bilbao. The first American Asvoff spin-off will be held on March 14 and 15, thanks to a partnership between Gallic luxury-to-lifestyle conglomerate Kering and French Institute Alliance Francaise. Screenings will take place at New York’s Tinker Auditorium and Florence Gould Hall.
Pernet will hold an onstage conversation with »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: It may have taken him 15 years to get there, but Edward Norton will star in and direct Motherless Brooklyn, his scripted adaptation inspired by the Jonathan Lethem novel. Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment have stepped up to fully finance the film for a late 2014 production start in New York. Ratner will join Norton and his Class 5 Films’ cohort William Migliore as producers, and Packer will be executive producer with Class 5’s Stuart Blumberg. While Lethem’s novel is contemporary, Norton has set the story in New York in 1954, a time of great change in the city. He plays Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome, who tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Armed only with few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel slowly unravels closely guarded secrets that have major ramifications. It leads him through Harlem jazz clubs, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Thanks for Sharing, 2012.
Directed by Stuart Blumberg
Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is a recovering sex addict, who begins to doubt his six years of celibacy when he meets dream girl Phoebe (Gwenyth Paltrow). Leader of the self help group, Mike (Tim Robbins), has his own problems as his recovering drug addict son returns home, much to his discomfort. Mike and Adam also try and guide young doctor Neil (Josh Gad) whose career is almost ruined several times over by his sex addiction. Neil meets newcomer Dede (Alecia Moore/Pink), as he wonders if she'll be able to save him from himself.
There is one huge problem that plagues Thanks for Sharing as a film, and it appears almost immediately. Thanks for Sharing claims to be a film about sex addiction, but it doesn't understand the addiction »
Q: Tell us about Thanks for Sharing...
Stuart Blumberg: Thanks for Sharing is the story of 3 men who are in a 12 step recovery program for sex addiction in New York City and it tells the story of how through their friendship and their fellowship and their struggles, they help each other recover and be the best people they can be.
Q: Can you walk us through each storyline?
Sb: Sure. There is the character that Mark Ruffalo plays, named Adam, and Adam is a successful environment consultant who has been in the program for about 5 years. And he had a really sort of tough, checkered past, full of lots of sort of dark stuff and when he got into the program he »
- Gary Collinson
Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow are thrown into a sticky situation in Stuart Blumberg's romantic dramedy Thanks for Sharing. While Phoebe (Paltrow) might have some of her own foibles, she soon realises that Adam (Ruffalo) is a recovering sex addict, five years sober. The film is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are five reasons to stop whatever you're doing and watch Thanks for Sharing as soon as humanly possible:
The filmmakers try to trick us by crediting her by her given name, Alecia Moore, but there is no disguising the actress playing sex addict Dede. It is, of course, Digital Spy favourite Pink. Better known for her music (and some dramatic accompanying videos), Moore pulls out a top performance in Thanks for Sharing.
2. An original take on the rom-com premise
Thanks for Sharing gives us an original take on the usual romantic comedy/drama. »
8 items from 2014
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