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"I remember when I first met J.K. Simmons, I just sort of told him, 'Remember how you were in Oz? I want to make that guy look like the teacher in Mr. Holland’s Opus." —Whiplash director Damien Chazelle Terence Fletcher, the intimidating music teacher in Whiplash, isn't a sadistic member of the Aryan Brotherhood, like Oz's Vern Schillinger. But for Miles Teller's high-school drum prodigy, Fletcher is practically evil incarnate, a bully whose primary methods of motivation are tossing chairs and playing cruel psychological mind games. He wants his school's jazz ensemble to be the best in the country, »
- Jeff Labrecque
It's Only a Play doesn't open until this Thursday, but the backstage comedy revival is already minting money for its producers at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre. The star-studded show—featuring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint—grossed an impressive $1.25 million for the week ending Oct. 5, according to figures from the Broadway League. That's a remarkable haul for a non-musical—and actually exceeds the potential earnings for the venue (thanks mostly to premium tickets sales and high demand). Another star-studded revival, Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You (starring »
- Thom Geier
There are moments in my life where I make extremely unwise decisions and I will be the last to admit it when I’ve made a mistake. However, this is an instance where I will scream from the rooftops how much of an idiot I am. I’m the type of person that likes to watch franchises all at once. When it’s Halloween, I’m that asshole that stays inside all day to watch every single Halloween film ever made in a row. Well, at least whatever ones will be playing on AMC that night, but I digress. For whatever reason, I felt compelled to sit through all three Hostel films one right after another. All this proved is that yes, I’m really into masochism. I’m not going to sugarcoat it; I hated Hostel when it first came out. I really, really hated Hostel. I felt the »
- BJ Colangelo
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
Michael Cera is excited to be staying put for a while. He just made his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which opened on Thursday to rave reviews, and before reveling at the opening night party at the Bowery Hotel, Cera reflected on his first theater experience. "Just the thought of knowing where you’re going to be for the next few months is something I never got used to, from working in film and television," Cera told The Hollywood Reporter while sitting on a brick-lined patio of one of the hotel’s upstairs suites. "There’s this ephemeral
- Suzy Evans
Michael Cera, he of the turtle face and pipe-cleaner arms, has cornered the market on screen nerdism to the point you would think there was nothing left for him to mine from the indignations of the socially awkward. Turns out, given material deep enough, there is. He’s found that material in Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, and under Anna D. Shapiro’s superlative direction uses it to fuel an unforgettable performance, the more so for marking his New York stage debut. As the overliteral, quasi-Asperger’s lost-soul 19-year-old Warren Straub — Cera is 26 but passes just fine — he digs so far into the character’s drugged-out disappointment you see only the shadows of it rippling the surface. Surprisingly that’s enough; he’s a triumph.The rest of the production—which also stars Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson — does not quite live up to that level, but then »
- Jesse Green
No play ever celebrated arrested development quite so amusingly as Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, a shambling off-Broadway hit from 1996 now revived starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and an ingenue named Tavi Gavinson, all making their Broadway debuts. The production is the latest transfer by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and as staged by Anna D. Shapiro, it’s typical of that celebrated troupe in its physicality combined with thoughtfulness.
The time is the 1980s and the setting is the apartment of Dennis (Culkin), who passes the time selling weed and coke while waiting for his life to happen. When his equally vacant but much milder friend Warren (Cera, of Juno and Arrested Development) shows up with $15,000 stolen from his possibly mobbed-up father, the boys consider several options: using the money to score a major drug deal and make even more money; return it before Warren’s father discovers »
- Jeremy Gerard
Matt Damon just agreed to be the A-lister in Kenneth Lonergan's third film, Manchester-by-the-Sea. The two will reunite for the first time since Margaret, Lonergan's second feature which was shot in 2005 but released until 2011.
Also written by Lonergan, Manchester-by-the-Sea tells the story of a Boston plumber (Damon) who is forced to return home after he learns that his brother has passed away. There he finds himself trust into the care of the man's 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.
The project is being financed by OddLot Entertainment (Draft Day, Ender's Game). Sources say that the film will be tonally similar to You Can Count On Me, Lonergan's critically acclaimed directorial debut, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.
Most recently, Lonergan's play This Is Out Youth has gotten a revival on Broadway. (A decade a go, Damon starred in the play, »
- Laura Frances
Though he's been intermittently busy with plays and the like (a revival of "This Is Our Youth" starring Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson is just opening on Broadway), writer and filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan has made only two films in fourteen years. The first, "You Can Count On Me," was wildly and correctly acclaimed, winning Laura Linney an Oscar nomination, and launching the career of Mark Ruffalo. The follow-up, "Margaret," was something different: shot back in 2005, the film spent years in the editing room and was subject to legal difficulties, before eventually being quietly released in 2011, to an initially muted reaction, only for critics to eventually pick up its cause, some calling it the best film of the year. Many worried that Lonergan would struggle to get another movie financed after the controversies over the film, but in the best news of the weekend, it's emerged that he's heading back on »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Kristen Wiig’s next project, Nasty Baby, sounds like a comedy. The premise centres around Wiig’s character Polly, and her two best friends, gay couple Freddy and Mo. When the pair are keen to start a family, Polly offers herself up as the vessel for their offspring. When Freddy’s sperm fails to get Polly pregnant, there’s an emotional upheaval for all three of them. Which involves a weirdo neighbour called The Bishop. A baby-making comedy akin to The Switch, perhaps?
Well, who knows, but we’d put on bets on it fitting squarely into the oddball drama category. From director Sebastian Silva it’s doubtful that a kook-load of shenanigans won’t occur at some point. The Chilean filmmaker has had considerable success with his Michael Cera double-whammy, Crystal Fairy and Magic, Magic. Neither of which were straight up laugh-fests, each deviating into more eccentric tonal shifts. »
- Gem Seddon
Believe it or not, it's been nearly 11 years since Arrested Development first came into our lives. Personally, we still find this a little hard to wrap our heads around, not only because the first episodes of the show still feel as fresh as the newer TV comedies on air right now, but also because we still get excited thinking about the prospect of new episodes. Keep scrolling to see how Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, and the rest of the Bluth family have transformed over the years. Use the arrows over the pictures to see each star during the first season of Arrested Development compared to a more recent picture from the past year. Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth) Source: Fox, Getty / Steve Sands Will Arnett (Gob Bluth) Source: Fox, Getty / Joe Scarnici Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth) Source: Fox, Getty / Mireya Acierto Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) Source: Fox, Getty / Tibrina Hobson »
NBC is developing a ten-hour miniseries about the Ten Commandments based on the 1989 Danish format "Decalogue". That series consisted of ten one-hour contemporary-set films with each exploring one or several moral/ethical issues.
The original boasted such famous fans as Roger Ebert and Stanley Kubrick, and the NBC adaptation will follow the same format. "Damages" creators Steve McPherson and Todd A. Kessler are also onboard the project.
The project is not to be confused with a very similar event series being developed at Wgn America which has the likes of Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera attached to direct episodes.
The story follows a loving a middle-class family in Oregon who find themselves terrorised by paranormal occurrences. »
- Garth Franklin
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Michael Cera was a guest on The Late Show this week, and he told David Letterman about the time he and a friend had a little fun at the expense of a Sundance Film Festival audience. Cera planted his friend in the audience and had him ask a fake question as a prank. "I said to him, 'Okay, raise your hand to ask a question, and if they call on you, say, 'I have a two-part question for Michael.' " "'The first part is, 'When is the last time you saw your son Amos,' and the second part is, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"The Late Show" was the only late night program not in repeats this week, and featured guest Michael Cera, there to promote his Broadway run in the play "This Is Our Youth." Cera chatted with host David Letterman about a recent road trip he took with his girlfriend, a German citizen who had never been to the U.S. before. The pair stopped to see the world's largest basket, a basket-shaped office building in Ohio, though the actor admitted that his girlfriend "didn't care for it." Letterman was bemused by that revelation, though he was downright annoyed that the woman apparently didn't like Cracker Barrel, either.
Cera also shared »
- Katie Roberts
Neil Patrick Harris may have hung up his five-inch pumps, but audiences are still lining up for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. According to figures from the Broadway League, the Tony-winning musical revival took in $648,738 for the week ending Aug. 24—the first with Book of Mormon alum Andrew Rannells in the cross-dressing title role. While that’s a steep drop from Nph’s final week, when the show grossed a whopping $1.14 million, it still represents an enviable 82 percent of the potential earnings for the 1,007-seat Belasco Theatre. (Harris’ star power enabled producers to sell many more “premium” tickets for well above the average price. »
- Thom Geier
The kids are taking over the Great White Way. Since its first production in 1996, Kenneth Lonergan’s caustic comedy This Is Our Youth has attracted the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Paquin, and Mark Ruffalo. And on Sept. 11, the three-person play about wealthy teens in early-’80s Manhattan makes its Broadway debut with a new trio of stars. Kieran Culkin, Tavi Gevinson, and Michael Cera, fresh off a trial run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, tell EW how their lives led them to This.
Culkin first performed This Is Our Youth 12 years ago in London’s West End— and never forgot about it. »
- Marc Snetiker
Up until now, actor Michael Cera's flirtation with music has been mild, relegated to backup vocals on Weezer's 2010 track "Hang On" and stints with bands Mister Heavenly and The Long Goodbye. But on Aug. 8, the 26-year-old released his bedroom-skuzzed debut album true that to Bandcamp quietly, amplified four days later when friend Jonah Hill tweeted a link to his 4.42 million followers. Currently in New York for a Broadway stint in This Is Our Youth, Cera explained to Billboard how his nighttime hobby became a 17-track LP. Did you go into writing songs
- Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard
Last week, out of the blue, Michael Cera dropped an album of charming indie-folk on Bandcamp and, you know what, it was really good. Vulture caught up with Cera on Thursday at a Meet the Company event for This Is Our Youth, which he will be starring in on Broadway this September, to talk about the album and facing the internet,So, your album: Big surprise! Can you tell us how you feel about it and why you chose to keep it a secret for so long?It’s not a secret. It’s just some songs that I recorded at home for a while and finally felt like I could put online and have people listen to it. So, it was just kind of a spur of a moment decision to release it?Yeah! To create a Bandcamp page. It wasn’t a planned surprise?No, you know, I’ve had these songs. »
- Nina Stoller-Lindsey
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