10 items from 2015
Our first festival will be unexpected, sometimes subversive and always informative. It'll be Trash Cannes, and I hope you can make it.
For years, Pure Movies has existed to provide film criticism and inform debate on mainstream and independent releases. In that time, we’ve covered some great moments: Zach Braff on the end of Scrubs, Erik Gandini after being banned from Venice Film Festival, and Danny Dyer revealing he wanted to headbutt Mark Kermode are certainly among them. Last year, we relaunched the site under the Jean-Luc Godard quote “If you have something to say, there is only one solution: say it” and it is in that spirit that I am delighted to announce our first film festival.
And we definitely have a lot to talk about. »
- Dan Higgins
Broad City, Season 2, Episode 2, “Mochalatta Chills”
Directed by Michael Bleiden
Airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
As many have already noted, 2015 (much like the previous year, really) looks to be the year of the half-hour comedy. As television becomes ever more saturated, it appears that the best work—comedic or dramatic—is happening in half-hour chunks. Transparent season one had more emotionally resonant, dramatic moments than any current drama series, but it’s typically classified as a comedy mostly because of the episodes’ 30-minute runtime. The fact is that television’s most remarkable work is being done in this format, and Broad City is certainly no exception.
In that spirit, let’s talk about the direction of the show, which is always impressive, but rarely discussed. Take several examples from this episode: How about Abbi’s glorious naked dance and lipsync to »
- Jake Pitre
Despite many movie fans denouncing any kind of remake, reboot or spinoff, the Rush Hour franchise is being revived in the shape of a spinoff TV series. Many shuddered when the small screen reboot was announced last year, as the news arrived during a season where it seemed as if every other day a random movie was plucked from history and placed in the reboot pile. This attempt at resurrecting a perfectly-fine-dead property does possess a winning factor, however, in producer Bill Lawrence.
Known as the creator of cult series’ Scrubs and Cougar Town, Lawrence jumped aboard the project with his Doozer Productions banner in tow to oversee the show. This updated version of Rush Hour will share a similar premise with the original trilogy of movies, but with a modern edge. Also tackling the writing duties on the one-hour series, Lawrence has begun the process of inking out the »
- Gem Seddon
Zach Braff posted a supersweet photo of himself and Bff Donald Faison hugging in a pool on Instagram on Monday. The cute snap was captioned, "Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This was one of his dreams." Don't you love seeing the former Scrubs costars kicking back together? This is just the latest encounter between the two besties this month. Last week, Zach crashed Donald's Reddit Ama, just days after watching the Golden Globes at home with Donald's 1-year-old son, Rocco; the Wish I Was Here star shared an adorable photo of them together, writing, "My Golden Globes date cracking up... Mini-Faison." Donald and his wife, CaCee Cobb, are currently expecting their second child, a baby girl. At the beginning of the year, we got another great Scrubs-related moment when Donald and Zach reunited with their former castmate John C. McGinley, who played Dr. Perry Cox. »
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
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Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The countdown to the Golden Globes is on, and if last year's exciting show is any indication, 2015's festivities have a lot in store for us. Stars haven't wasted any time getting the party started, popping up at a handful of pre-Globes parties. Over at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala, James Franco and Zach Braff got goofy, and Johnny Depp and Amber Heard shared a steamy kiss. Meanwhile, fashionable ladies have been debuting new looks at various events, with Jessica Chastain bringing big glamour to the Film Independent Filmmaker Grant and Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, and Diane Kruger and Beth Behrs stunning at the Anonymous Content Party. The Help Haiti Home benefit proved to be one of the weekend's biggest parties, drawing the likes of former President Bill Clinton and Salma Hayek, who let loose with Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon. That's just the beginning of the fun - »
Steve Tisch talking Super Bowl contenders on the balcony… Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon huddled in the hallway as a two-woman tag team …“Captain America” Chris Evans facing down “Superman” Henry Cavill … Cara Delevingne taking polaroid selfies … Roger Friedman acknowledging his buzzy Phylicia Rashad “Cosby” defense interview … Miles Teller and Robert Duvall having an inter-generational chat by the fireplace … and some actual firemen searching the penthouse (cue the “this party was hot” pun disaster) were just some of W Magazine’s Best Performances from its party at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday night.
Also read: Golden Globes Predictions: Who Will Win, »
- Mikey Glazer
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick "The Color of Time" is available now On Demand. Here is an exclusive clip from the film.] Actor James Franco added a producer credit to his resume with the collaborative project "The Color Of Time," which tells the story of Pulitzer-winning poet C.K. Williams, played by Franco himself. Mila Kunis co-stars as his wife and the mother of his new child. The film's synopsis continues: "As Williams prepares for a reading in New York City and struggles to create new work, he is haunted by memories of his past—from his first sexual encounter to a later tragic loss." An ensemble of 12 directors worked on the project, which also features Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff and Bruce Campbell. In this exclusive clip, the dream-like quality of a tender moment at home is juxtaposed against the harsh environmental »
- Casey Cipriani
“The Wedding Ringer” star Josh Gad is being eyed to play Roger Ebert opposite Will Ferrell in the fact-based indie movie “Russ & Roger Go Beyond,” producer David Permut told Hollywood-Elsewhere on Sunday.
Gad has not inked a deal and hasn’t even read the script yet, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap, but he is the producers’ top choice to play Ebert and the chance to work with Ferrell is an enticing opportunity for any rising comic actor.
- Jeff Sneider
10 items from 2015
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