9 items from 2014
Adam Sandler has taken some almighty drubbings from critics (including this one) for his series of increasingly moribund comedies over the past few years, so it deserves to be stated upfront: Of the many things that go horribly wrong with his latest, “The Cobbler,” none are even remotely his fault. In fact, credit him for taking on such an unusual project — a largely serious tale about a shoe repairman who can magically take on the appearance of his customers by donning their footwear — helmed by a director, Tom McCarthy, whose track record was previously unblemished. But the result is . Picked up by Image Entertainment, the film will surely test the limits of Sandler’s drawing power, and word of mouth might not be kind.
Though “The Cobbler’s” premise might make it seem an unusual choice for McCarthy, one can almost imagine it as a magical-realist twist on his lovely 2007 film, »
- Andrew Barker
The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.
After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering »
- Jeff Labrecque
Last night (March 25), Digital Spy hosted a special fan screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with a special guest in attendance: Sam Claflin. Ahead of our screening of the blockbuster sequel, the Finnick star took part in a Q&A to answer the burning questions you posted to #CatchingFireAskSam.
Read on below for 9 highlights from the event...
1. Sam has been part of both the Pirates of the Caribbean and Snow White franchises, but The Hunger Games is by far the biggest...
"For me The Hunger Games takes the biscuit - it's such an amazing experience, great working with the guys and you know it's a big happy family. We all have fun on set as much as we all work very, very hard and we all get on like a house on fire. You can't ask for anything more when you're working on a job like that."
2. Sam originally »
Director: Francis Lawrence
Running Time: 146 minutes
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returns in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to celebrate being a victor along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Of course there isn’t really a lot to celebrate. She’s alive, sure, but the whole of Panem are now looking at her, and at District 12, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is not best pleased that she is giving the people hope when they should be afraid.
The second story in the Hunger Games series takes an even darker turn as Katniss must smile for the camera and convince everyone she is madly in love with Peeta, not just to save her own life but the lives of those she loves too. So when she is thrown once more »
- Amanda Keats
Arriving on home release on March 17, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD set go beyond the usual thrifty bonus feature content for a deep dive into the making of the sequel.
A nine-part behind-the-scenes documentary, which runs over two hours, takes fans through the entire production process - from hiring Francis Lawrence to replace Gary Ross right through to the preparation for the two-part Mockingjay adaptation.
Here are nine things we uncovered from Catching Fire's bumper making-of doc...
The biggest decision the Catching Games producers had to make was who to hire to replace Gary Ross.
The Hunger Games Catching Fire Honest Trailer. Andy Signore‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) honest trailer stars Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Lynn Cohen. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s plot synopsis: based on the Suzanne Collins‘ novel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss [...]
Continue reading: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Honest Trailer: Humor & Truths »
- Rollo Tomasi
Freestyle Digital Media (Fdm) and Freestyle Releasing announce today that they have acquired the film, and set February 28th as the release date for Bottled Up, the moving family indie that stars Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Winter's Bone), Josh Hamilton (J. Edgar, American Horror Story) and Marin Ireland (Side Effects, I Am Legend).
Written and directed by Enid Zentelis (Evergreen), the film was produced by Zentelis, Amanda Beckner, Anthony Brandonisio, , Erik Weigel, and Executive Produced by Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures - the production company behind Rabbit Hole and Beginners. The film is slated for both a national theatrical and VOD release.
Leo plays hopelessly hopeful Fay, mother to Sylvie (Ireland), who, many months after a car accident, continues to complain of back pain. After refusing physical therapy, it becomes clear to everyone but Fay that her daughter is addicted to pain killers. When »
Director: Lou Howe
Writer(s): Lou Howe
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
A directorial debut that has been kicking around numerous indie financial support groups (Cinereach, Ifp, Annenberg Feature Film Grant by the Sundance Institute) for some time, the Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 named Lou Howe’s Gabriel is indie drama the way we like it: dark and disturbing.
Gist: A young man searches obsessively for a girl from his past, convinced that she is the solution to his problems. Over the course of his journey, his perception of the world begins to slip away from reality. His family tries to prevent him from endangering himself, but he struggles to continue, growing desperate and erratic as he closes in.
Release Date: This could land at Tribeca, »
- Eric Lavallee
Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant art and music scene, Art Machine is a dark comedy about the tenuous relationship between art and commerce, the fine line between creative genius and clinical mania, and the damaging effects of fame. We have an exclusive look at the movie as it prepares for its February 6 On Demand release. This featurette focuses on the main female characters of the film played by Jessica Szohr and Joey Lauren Adams with behind-the-scenes footage of them on set and commentary from director Doug Karr.
At age six, child prodigy painter Declan Truss (Joseph Cross) was propelled into the art world as a rare marvel, but by seventeen, the tightrope of notoriety is catching up with him. Declan seeks inspiration as the immense pressures of an impending coming-of-age exhibition loom. His world explodes when he stumbles on a commune of rebellious freethinkers through an incendiary rooftop meeting with pyrotechnic outsider artist, »
9 items from 2014
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