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Monday, December 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Cinefamily has released the lineup to their 2013 Fantastic Elastic 24-hour Holiday Telethon--a marathon fundraiser with 24 straight hours of special events featuring guests, interviews, live music and comedy. The event will be held December 14th-15th, from 1pm to 1pm at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles’ West Hollywood, and the first lineup announcement includes appearances, Q&A's, and surprise events to be announced featuring cultural icons luminaries, including Anjelica Huston, Bruce Dern, Mike Judge, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Father John Misty, and Bushwick Bill.
According to Cinefamily’s Executive Director Hadrian Belove, “We didn’t think the CInefamily should have the usual kind of fundraiser, cause we’re not the usual kind of cinematheque. The 24 hour Telethon allows us to echo the wide range of programming for which Cinefamily has become known, and include the many parts of Los Angeles we love. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Given the packed schedule of movies in December/January, it.s not surprising that distributors unloaded a bunch of short-run films last weekend, including One Chance, Carrie, Magic Magic and Austenland.
Unsurprisingly, the dominant title was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which dropped by 46% in its second weekend, raking in $6.75 million, bringing its total to a lucrative $22.7 million.
The only other title to gross more than $1 million was Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which rustled up $1.1 million in its third frame (off 36%), propelling its total to a juicy $7.85 million.
One Chance tells the true story of Paul Potts, the shy, bullied shop assistant and amateur opera singer who won Britain's Got Talent. Directed by The Devil Wears Prada.s David Frankel, the movie musical bombed in the UK but the Australian opening was a bit more respectable at $706,000, released on a very wide 263 screens.
Carrie, Kimberly Peirce.s remake of the »
- Don Groves
"Crystal Fairy," which recently scored Indie Spirit nominations for the John Cassavettes Award and Best Female Lead (Gaby Hoffmann), was written and filmed while director Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera were in Chile waiting for production of their film "Magic Magic" to continue. A film of spontaneous perfection was born. It is not neat but it seems to be driven from a genuine impulse. Because it's 2013, this spontaneity comes with a healthy dose of irony and cynicism, but the film moves from flashes of heartfelt despair to abounding joy and back again. In one of the first scenes, Cera's drug-obsessed hipster Jamie watches a stupidly cerebral hippy (Gabby Hoffmann) dancing by herself in a cramped apartment party in Chile. She's flailing her limbs, wild hair flying, seemingly unaware of rhythm or surrounding objects. Snidely to a friend, he calls her a "lonely tornado." Then, ostensibly to get closer to the train wreck, »
- Maggie Lange
If the end of the world was at your door, you could do far worse than spend the last night of your life with these two films. Of course, spending the night with Rihanna and Emma Stone would be a better option, but we're not all as lucky as Seth Rogen and friends. This is the End features one too many %#*@ jokes but that's par for the course these days, it also features James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Michael Cera as themselves. This is the End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, cabin fever threatens to tear apart the friendships (and I use that term loosely) inside. There is a fear that self-indulgence will rear its ugly head as the first act unfolds, but Rogen's script avoids the many pitfalls of »
The Film Independent Spirit Awards, which aim to celebrate the best work in American films that cost roughly $21 million or less, are usually good for a few surprises when they reveal their annual nominations. Their 29th set were announced this morning and proved to be no exception: if you predicted a best actress nom for Gaby Hoffmann for her work opposite Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy and/or a best supporting actress nom for Yolanda Ross for her turn in indie icon John Sayles' Go for Sisters, then you should probably catch the next plane to Vegas, because nobody else
- Scott Feinberg
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively. Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014. As far as snubs go, »
- Adam Chitwood
Here’s a round-up of the latest casting murmurs on several upcoming projects:
The J.J. Abrams production is still knee-deep in its search for young female and young male leads. With a casting call that spans the Us, UK, and Australia, they’re said to not be letting any stone go unturned in their search. But that’s not new. What’s new is that there’s a now another role being sought out as well- and that’s a military man in his 40s. Think along the lines of Matt Damon’s character in Elysium.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Despite the fact that we’ve been saying it for ages, and several reliable sources have all ready confirmed it to be true, Marvel has finally gotten around to announcing that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are set to play QuickSilver and Scarlet Witch. Yes, it took them until today, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“Game of Thrones” star Jack Gleeson may leave acting when he’s done playing the sadistic Joffrey Baratheon — perhaps to focus on his charity work. Gleeson, 21, auditioned for “GoT” at 17, and sounds as if he has not enjoyed the attention he has received since. See video: ‘Game of Thrones’ Parody Imagines Michael Cera as King Joffrey “It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing ‘Game of Thrones’ perhaps the reality was made too real for me,” Gleeson told Ireland’s Independent. ”The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards. »
- Greg Gilman
Castro's Daughter will chronicle the life of the former Cuban president's exiled child Alina Fernandez, to be played by Sandino Moreno.
Fernandez was born of a love affair between Castro and Cuban socialite Natalia 'Naty' Revuelta in the 1950s.
Castro's Daughter is expected to be released in Us cinemas on November 11, 2015. The film has yet to be given a UK release.
There was a long wait for any action and yet again Carrie's reckless behaviour was frustrating. Still, look who's back!
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching the third series of Homeland at UK broadcast pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode eight – and if you've seen later episodes, please do not leave spoilers.
Catch up with previous episode blogposts
'They have a line on our friend'
This week's episode felt familiar on a number of levels, and not necessarily in a good way. It fell back on the usual pacing of two crawling thirds, followed by one final third that packed in all the action. Carrie made lots of competent decisions, then one huge, destructive, reckless one. Saul promised to be a good husband, then jetted off on a dangerous mission for a week. With Brody coming back into play at the very end, I wonder »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Chicago – What to Watch is back! Miss us? Every week, we roll out 5-10 of the latest films and TV shows to be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and various streaming services. This week’s highlights include a few classics, a cult hit, a couple of recent comedies, and a family flick. In the order we’d advise buying or renting them…
The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection
Photo credit: Cohen Media Group
“The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection”
Another Wtw, another Cohen Media Group release. Seriously, the good folks at Cohen have been doing an amazing job of finding relatively obscure classics and recent foreign films and polishing them like they’re beloved worldwide. They’re rivaling Criterion and Scream Factory as studios for which every release truly matters. Their latest is a collection of four early films from the legendary Vivien Leigh, an actress best-known for “Gone with the Wind” and a true Hollywood icon. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Whereas the majority of movie cameos tend to hit you with about as much subtlety as Michael Cera slapping Rihanna on the ass in This Is The End, sometimes they have the tendency to slip by without you noticing at all. Be this intentional on the part of the filmmakers, who are hoping to sneak somebody into the frames of their movies without you noticing, or the fact that said cameo flew past without giving you a moment to comprehend it, there’s always the possibility that you’re not going to find out about such things until the internet decides to help out.
Which is what we hope to do right now, in fact: join us, then, as we take a look back at the year’s sneakiest cameos, all of which proved far harder to point out than your regular “Oh God, look – it’s Johnny Depp!” styled appearances. »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? The third installment of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, following 2004's "Shaun of the Dead" and 2007's "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" features a group of five reuniting friends. They embark on an epic drinking marathon in an effort to top their pub crawl from 20 years prior, only this time an unexpected alien invasion strikes.
Why We're In: A refreshing blend of comedy and sci-fi, "The World's End" is the perfectly charming film to spoof the apocalypse genre and keep you endlessly entertained. Plus, it features hilarious (as always) performances from Wright staples Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
Watch: Go behind-the-scenes on "The World's End" (Video)
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"Tokyo Story" (Criterion Collection)
- Erin Whitney
What would you do if you came across the cell phone number of Michael Cera? Probably just hold on to it without doing anything, because you respect his privacy, right? But what would Michael Cera do if he came across a random stranger's number? If a New Yorker piece is to be believed, he would regularly stalk and then harrass that stranger via text over the course of nine months until that person had to change their number. Cera wrote the article, titled "My Man Jeremy," in which he lays out a chain of correspondences between himself and a guy named "Jeremy" who accidentally texted the wrong number one fateful December day. At first the Superbad star tries to play anonymously in order to find out what Jeremy thinks of "Michael Cera, the actor."...
- Christopher Campbell
Before smartphones and social media, there was one way to look in a photo. Portraits today look like satire turned horrible reality
Before Facebook, before Instagram, before cell phones with cameras, there was pretty much one way to be in a photo: drag a smile across your face, throw a "V-sign" if you were 14, and if you were feeling particularly jaunty, drop your jaw several inches and say a facetious "ta-da!"
No one knew to put their hand on their hip, or turn slightly to one side. No one had a programme for what to do with their eyes, beyond vaguely trying to keep them open. And while, on a good day, you might make a kissy face that popped out your cheekbones, any beneficial effect probably wasn't deliberate.
If you scroll down your various timelines today, what you see is this: half your social group posing with lips pushed out, »
- Emma Brockes
Director Sebastián Silva is now known for Sundance award-winner “The Maid” and the recent Michael Cera film “Crystal Fairy,” but before establishing his lofty international reputation, he debuted with “Life Kills Me,” which the Global Lens series springs from the vault for a welcome reassessment. Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. At work on a seriously schlocky, low-budget horror film, Gaspar is still reeling from the untimely death of his beloved older brother when he meets Alvaro at yet another premature funeral. A mildly sociopathic young man with an unyielding curiosity for the dark side, Alvaro soon coaxes Gaspar out of his shell in unexpected ways. The savvy film site Twitch calls “Life Kills Me” the “film equivalent of a Smiths song: the chirpy, stylish exterior »
- Tom Stockman
On TV this Wednesday: The ball is quite literally in CSI‘s court, Burning Love lights the match on another season, The League is visited by an angel and Shiri Appleby salutes Svu. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Frankie, sick »
- Kimberly Roots
For starters, several key players were missing — including David Cross, Michael Cera, and Tony Hale. (A Bluth reunion with no Buster?! Sacrilege!) And secondly, even though the group was pared down, there were still so many talented people onstage that an hour was hardly long enough to give any of them a worthy spotlight — no matter how quickly the show’s editors cut from answer to answer. I almost wish »
- Hillary Busis
The cast of "Arrested Development" headed to "Inside the Actors Studio," along with creator Mitch Hurwitz, to speak with the show's host, and fellow co-star, James Lipton about their characters and the show everyone loves so much.
Lots of fun little factoids were shared on the episode, including:
Mitch was a writer on "Golden Girls"Will Arnett got the call to audition for Gob right after he decided to quit doing pilotsMaeby (Alia Shawkat) is a combination of Mitch's daughter's names: May and PhoebePortia de Rossi's least favorite word is "panties," Jason Bateman's is "fleshy."Lipton and Liza Minnelli were among the first people Mitch knew he wanted on the show
There were also some notable »
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game. The field is down to 32 young adult books in our March-Madness style tournament that will determine which you think is the best of all time. Round two begins now.
Check out the full bracket and vote in round two below. Polls close on Sunday at 1 p.m. Et.
Little Women The Hobbit
Ask any young reader to name her literary role model, »
- EW staff
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