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In a period where the studio-based portion independent film industry are on suicide watch, it'll be fun to relive a time when Harvey Weinstein and everyone competing against him could do no wrong. Ever since we got word that there was a screenplay based on Peter Biskind's incendiary book was making the rounds (Jeffrey Wells) and there was activity on the production that a crew were in Cannes filming, but now we got word that Down and Dirty Pictures (a 10 million dollar production) has got a great cast in place (Hugh Dancy, Matthew Perry, Andy Serkis, Sally Hawkins, Elias Koteas, Bobby Cannavale, Toby Jones and Michael Rispoli) with Scren Daily reporting that Vincent D'Onofrio is poised to take on the "role" of Weinstein. - (Thanks to a reader below for pointing out that apparently some of the info below might turn out to be false - Screen Daily have pulled their article, »
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen I know I shouldn't be surprised the Blu-ray, 2-disc DVD and single-disc DVD are the numbers 1, 2 and 3 best-sellers at Amazon this week, but for some reason I would have thought all the negative talk about this film surrounding its release would have discouraged folks to throw to down their hard-earned cash to endure this pummeling one more time. However, I can say it is nice to see prices on Blu-rays are dropping slightly, so much to the point the Blu-ray edition of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is actually $3 less than the 2-disc DVD, at only $19.99. That's all I really have to say about this one. Monsoon Wedding (Criterion Collection) I just reviewed the Blu-ray edition of this one (read that here) and was really impressed with the entire package, which not only includes Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, »
- Brad Brevet
Lest we forget, for all the talk this year about whether the New York Film Festival in particular and arthouse film in general have become elitist and unwelcoming to the general population, one of this year's major indie buzz films features no less a celeb for all demographics than Mariah Carey, in her fifth cinematic role.
Mimi and her man were out in full force at the festival's Lincoln Center screening of "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," an impressively star-studded event also saw costars Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Chyna Layne, Sherri Shepherd, Ephraim Benton and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title character, out on the red carpet. (Mo'Nique, despite the Oscar buzz her role in the film has generated, chose not to make an appearance.)
For most of its running time, John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s short-story collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men consists of little more than a series of monologues, and plays like some abstract theater exercise, hosted by a college coffeehouse. Except that this college is populated by the likes of Bobby Cannavale, Timothy Hutton, and Christopher Meloni—veteran actors each taking a turn embodying Krasinski’s careful reductions of Wallace’s loquacious bastards. And unlike the book, Krasinski’s adaptation has a single protagonist: Julianne Nicholson, playing a grad student who intends to examine the impact of »
John Krasinski never got a chance to meet David Foster Wallace, the brilliant writer who's best known for his epic novel "Infinite Jest," and who took his own life a year ago this month. But when the "Office" star decided to adapt Wallace's 1999 short story collection "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" into his directorial debut, the two spoke by phone, which is how the actor was given the author's blessing.
Reverential to its insightful and caustically funny source material, the film version of "Brief Interviews" stars Julianne Nicholson as an anthropological doctoral candidate working on an ambitious research project: to uncover the secrets of the repulsive male psyche by interviewing the depraved, the misogynistic and the jerkiest of the jerks. Krasinski himself turns up as one of the subjects (some of whose monologues are dramatized), as do Bobby Cannavale, Dominic Cooper, Will Arnett and Lou Taylor Pucci. Krasinski and I »
- Aaron Hillis
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you're dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to email@example.com Question: Has it dawned on anyone that Taub and Thirteen's three-year fellowships are about to end on House? Do you know if the show plans to follow through on that? And, if so, does this mean Peter Jacobson and Olivia Wilde are leaving? —Mindy Ausiello: It certainly dawned on me. And it dawned on series creator David Shore — at least it did when I reminded him recently. He says he hasn't figured out what will happen to Taub and Thirteen after their fellowships expire. Luckily, time is on his side. "It won't be until the end of the season," he says, adding that it's not in his nature to gloss over such plot points. "I don't like those things to be fake-outs. »
- Michael Ausiello
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men has a ridiculous pedigree, what with the David Foster Wallace source material and a cast that includes Will Arnett, Julianne Nicholson, Timothy Hutton, Dominic Cooper, Bobby Cannavale and Will Forte. It’s also backed by indie superdistributor IFC Films and marks the directorial debut of winsome Office star John Krasinski. As we might expect, then, the movie’s first trailer is brisk and droll, easy to watch and easier to like. »
She will work out of the agency's New York office.
Bernstein worked at Endeavor for 10 years before the agency's recent merger with Wma to form Wme.
Most are expected to join her at Icm.
Bernstein's recruitment follows several recent hires of senior motion picture talent agents by Icm, which has been looking to beef up its feature departments.
- By Nellie Andreeva
Whenever an actor or actress decides to try their hand at directing a feature film, you never know what you're going to get. You might see the promise of another multi-talented actor/director like Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson, or you might just end up with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (ha... that one was for Reed). John Krasinski of The Office has been making the best of his rise to fame, and in between starring in George Clooney's Leatherheads and Sam Mendes' Away We Go, he also managed to write and direct his first movie. Not just any movie either: an adaptation of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by the late David Foster Wallace. Wallace committed suicide just last year, and this is the first adaptation of his work to hit the screen. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men is a collection of short stories about men, »
The trailer for John Krasinski's directorial debut, an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, is out today on Apple (and embedded below). Julie Nicholson plays a woman who, after her boyfriend leaves her with little explanation, dedicates her anthropological dissertation to figuring out what the hell is going on in mens' brains. Some of the men: Will Arnett, Dominic Cooper, Bobby Cannavale, Timothy Hutton, Christopher Meloni, Max Minghella, and Ben Shenkman. They've been embodied by a paper bag in the movie's poster because all of these men are just too hideous. IFC bought the film's distribution rights in July, long after the film premiered at Sundance. Hey, we were at Sundance! Krasinski chatted with Whitney Pastorek at length (in the spirit of Dfw) about why he saw strength in Nicholson's silence during most of her scenes, and how he survived a lengthy existential crisis as the project developed. »
- Annie Barrett
It's not enough that he gets to marry Pam Beesly on TV or is the #1 boy-next-door crush of pretty much every woman in America. No, John Krasinski has to go and make a movie, a movie based on a super-smart book, and prove that he truly does walk a few inches above the rest of us (and not just because he's super-tall). The movie in question is Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, based on David Foster Wallace's book and starring a huge range of actors you know, from Bobby Cannavale and Chris Messina to Will Forte and Will Arnett. Check out the trailer below, or in high-def at Apple.com. The movie was a minor Sundance hit, and hits theaters on September 25. »
The Emmy bout over best guest comedy actor is a toss-up according to our Emmy gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria (Awardsheaven.net). They make brave predictions, but don't seem to stand bravely by them. (Too bad they're not clashing like mad gladiators as usual — what a gyp!) But their insights into this match-up are fascinating, proving that this comedy contest is quite dramatic in terms of suspense. Read their expanded views below, plus check out their forecasts for the following races too: best comedy actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, directing, writing. Guest Actor In A Comedy: Boomer's Predix
(Ranked by likelihood to win)
1.) Steve Martin, "30 Rock" ("Gavin Volure")
4.) Alan Alda, "30 Rock" ("Mamma Mia")
5.) Jon Hamm, "30 Rock" ("The Bubble") Boomer's Commentary: For the most part, this category »
The second season of Third Watch continues to build on the great development of season one, and puts the show.s characters through the ringer . which leads to several deaths before the season.s last episode. Third Watch focuses on a group of New York City police officers, firefighters and paramedics that work the 3-11 p.m. shift (known as the .third watch.). The series was created by John Wells (ER, The West Wing) and Edward Allen Bernero (Criminal Minds). The regular cast featured Bobby Cannavale, Eddie Cibrian, Michael Beach, and Kim Raver. Although the series revolves around a certain group of characters, the show.s writers do an excellent job of keep the series from getting stale or feeling »
- Patrick Luce
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to John Krasinski's directorial debut "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men." Krasinski also wrote and stars in the dark comedy, based on the book by David Foster Wallace.
"Interviews," which premiered at Sundance in January, stars Julianne Nicholson as a graduate student interviewing a series of men for her thesis project. Krasinski plays one of the interview subjects, alongside Will Arnett, Dominic Cooper, Bobby Cannavale, Timothy Hutton, Christopher Meloni, Max Minghella and Ben Shenkman. The film was produced by Krasinski, Eva Kolodner, Yael Melamede and James Suskin and exec produced by Kevin Connors.
- By Gregg Kilday
IFC Films has picked up rights to distribute "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" which marks the directorial debut of actor John Krasinski ("Leatherheads," "Away We Go"). Krasinski adated "Hideous Men" based on the book by David Foster Wallace and stars in the film. Film, which made its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is set to be release on September 25th. "Hideous Men" stars Julianne Nicholson, Will Arnett, Dominic Cooper, Bobby Cannavale, Timothy Hutton, Christopher Meloni, Max Minghella and Ben Shenkmen. »
Edie Falco attending the Nurse Jackie Showtime series world premiere at The Director's Guild of America in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Edie Falco attending the Nurse Jackie Showtime series world premiere at The Director's Guild of America in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Edie Falco attending the Nurse Jackie Showtime series world premiere at The Director's Guild of America in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Bobby Cannavale attending the Nurse Jackie Showtime series world premiere at The Director's Guild of America in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. 06/02/2009 - Anna Deavere »
- James Wray
To no surprise, ABC has cancelled the low-rated remake of Cupid. Unfortunately, not enough viewers fell in love with the series.
Revolving around characters played by Bobby Cannavale, Sarah Paulson, Rick Gomez, and Camille Guaty, the show was a product of last year's writers strike. ABC offered series creator Rob Thomas the opportunity to revisit the "brilliant but cancelled" Jeremy Piven series from 1998.
Unfortunately, times have changed and, as is often the case with remakes, the new Cupid didn't live up to the reputation of the original. Many felt that the new show wasn't as good as the original and it was obvious that network agreed. ABC cut its episode order, delayed the premiere, and then cut its order again. When the new Cupid did finally debut, it attracted a limited audience.
In any case, after a brief and low-rated run, ABC is passing on ordering another round. Some 10 years »
Despite low ratings, ABC has officially renewed midseason entry Better Off Ted, the workplace comedy starring out actress Portia de Rossi, Jay Harrington, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, and Malcolm Barrett.
Good critical buzz — as well as passionate fan support demonstrated via the internet, Twitter, and other social media outlets — is widely believed to be behind the network's decision to pick up a second season of the series (the first season only contained six episodes).
Although it's an ensemble comedy, de Rossi's icy ethics-and-small-talk-challenged boss Veronica has become a scene-stealer, with de Rossi's deadpan delivery earning her praise from critics. Interviewed by her wife on The Ellen DeGegeneres Show in March, de Rossi explained that she enjoyed playing these types of roles because in real life, she cares too much what people think.
De Rossi's openly gay co-star Jonathan Slavin told E! Online earlier this month that the show had five additional episodes already completed, »
Chicago – Being a big fan of Kevin James and his underrated sitcom “The King of Queens” and marveling at the massive box office for Steve Carr’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” I approached the Blu-Ray release of this hit title with cautious optimism. I’m still very happy for the talented James, but he deserves better than this slapstick-y and inconsistent comedy.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0 James plays the title character, a mild-mannered, sweet guy who dreams of becoming a State Trooper but his hypoglycemia has kept him a mall cop. Paul is a single father, close to his mother, bullied by the more popular employees at the mall, and the rare person who is overly kind to strangers. He’s incredibly easy to root for.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop will be released on Blu-Ray on May 19th, 2009.
Photo credit: Sony
So, when Paul spots a new kiosk employee (Jayma Mays) at the cleverly-named “Unbeweavable” wig stand, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We're all for getting out in the summertime, but there might not be anything more refreshing than cooling off in a movie theater... or seeing a movie in the comfort of your air-conditioned home on demand, on DVD, or online... or better yet catching a classic on the big screen at a nearby repertory theater. With literally hundreds of films to choose from this summer, we humbly present this guide to the season's most exciting offerings.
Director: Bouli Lanners
Fest Cred: Cannes, Warsaw, Glasgow, Palm Springs,
The Gist: When Elie (Adde), a hapless young thief attempts to rob Yvan (Lanners), a 40-year-old car dealer, the two form a unlikely friendship that leads to a road trip across Belgium in this slight comedy that won the Best European Film at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes last year. »
- Stephen Saito
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