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Bruce Norris, whose Clybourne Park won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, returns to Playwrights Horizons next spring with The Qualms, which opens Sunday (July 13) at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The New York edition will begin previews May 22, 2015 at the off-Broadway nonprofit. Director of both is the very busy Pam MacKinnon, also on board with the upcoming all-star Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance marqueed by Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Lindsay Duncan. Steppenwolf describes the play this way: “At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt […] »
This is a rare jewel of a movie. Le Week-End follows Nick and Meg, enacted brilliantly by Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, a British couple whose longtime marriage faces a turning point during a weekend in Paris. Directed judiciously by Roger Michell from an exquisite original screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, and photographed beautifully by Nathalie Durand, the film captures the nuances of a long-term relationship, the ups and downs, the easy asides and the sidelong glances, the heat of anger and the warmth of touch, the regrets and the resentments and the recriminations. It begins, comfortably enough, on a train but soon enough becomes awkward when Meg doesn't like the tiny hotel room Nick has secured for them. ("It's beige," she says, petulantly, and storms...
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Bad Words (Jason Bateman-directed scabrous comedy; Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney; rated R) Jodorowsky's Dune (documentary; Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux; rated PG-13) Le Week-End (romance; Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum; rated R) The Raid 2 (highly stylized action sequel; Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle; rated R) Watermark (documentary about how water shapes humanity; rated PG...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Updated 7/11: The giveaway has concluded, and the winner has been notified. Thanks to all who entered. As an antidote to blockbuster season in Hollywood, we have a Blu-ray copy of Le Week-End to give to one reader who is "in the know."The film, which is available today -- Tuesday, July 8 -- on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD from Music Box Films, stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan. Here's the official synopsis: Arriving in Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their 30-year marriage, British college philosophy professor Nick (Jim Broadbent) and schoolteacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) get off to a rocky start in a cheap and depressing lodge. Moving into a swankier hotel with view of the Eiffel Tower sets them off...
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's vision for a "Dune" movie was beyond remarkable; it was truly epic. Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, and Mick Jagger were just a few of the names attached to the film - until it imploded. This is a documentary about a sci-fi film that was ahead of its time and the visionary behind it.
Why We're In: Tons of interviews, behind-the-scenes details, storyboards, and more make this a must-see for art house, midnight movie, and film history fiends.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson star in this cool crime drama about a thief who's out for revenge on the dude who double-crossed him. Mel Gibson's "Payback" was based on the same novel, "The Hunter" by Donald E. Westlake, but that shouldn't deter you. »
- Jenni Miller
Maggie Gyllenhaal has joined the mass migration of prestige film actresses to television. The Dark Knight and Crazy Heart co-star has finally found a role worthy of her considerable talents in Sundance TV's eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman. In the period spy thriller, Gyllenhaal plays the Israeli-British Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms dealer who takes over her father's company but also attempts to shift the family business from running guns to laying down data cable networks between Israel and the West Bank. Back in Britain, she is granted peerage -- an event that creates a "political maelstrom." Janet McTeer plays the head of MI6(!), Stephen Rea the aging intelligence agent who investigates Nessa, and Lindsay Duncan is his wife. The 60-second trailer below doesn't provide a whole lot of information, but does provide a good sense of the secret-identity tension running throughout the series as well as Gyllenhaal's. »
- Inkoo Kang
To say that our top three critics don’t always see eye-to-eye would be an understatement, but they can all agree on at least one thing: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is one of Wes Anderson’s best movies, and one of the strongest entries in a year that has so far offered no shortage of cinematic excellence. Also mentioned by at least one critic: a steamy gay-cruising thriller, a hotly debated biblical epic, and two staggeringly ambitious magnum opuses that clocked in at more than four hours apiece. There will be many more hours (and weeks, and months) of moviegoing to come before they have their final say on the year in movies, but at the moment, 2014 is off to an excellent start.
Here, listed in alphabetical order, are our critics’ picks for the best films released theatrically from January to June 2014:
Re-reading my Variety review of “Moonrise Kingdom,” I found the line, “While (Wes) Anderson is essentially a miniaturist, making dollhouse movies about meticulously appareled characters in perfectly appointed environments, each successive film finds him working on a more ambitious scale.” His latest is the apotheosis of that aesthetic — a nested series of stories as complex and intricately detailed as fine Swiss clockwork, given soul by the great Ralph Fiennes.
Between this and “The Lego Movie,” we’ve been spoiled by great animation this year. My expectations were sky-high for the follow-up to DreamWorks cartoon coming-of-ager, and writer-director Dean DeBlois exceeded them, delivering a sequel with integrity, one that respects and expands upon the original while aging the characters five years — a rarity in a medium where Bart Simpson has spent the last 25 years repeating Mrs. Krabappel’s fourth-grade class.
What an exhilarating experiment: Using just one actor (Tom Hardy), one location (a moving BMW) and a series of phone calls as his script, writer-director Steven Knight has crafted a gripping character-driven drama. It’s the polar opposite of all the comicbook movies hogging screens these days, not simply for its lack of visual effects and spandex suits, but because “Locke” recognizes that a flawed human being is infinitely more interesting than a superhero.
- Variety Staff
We have good reason to be excited for this fall’s Birdman. The dark dramatic comedy was directed by Biutiful helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu, who worked with Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki to design the film’s more visually intimidating aspects (hinted at in the awesome teaser trailer we got two weeks back). It also stars Michael Keaton, in what looks like a career-restarting role, as a veteran actor who attempts to mount a comeback with a Broadway adaptation of the titular superhero movie for which he’s best known. Now, a set of new images has popped up on the web, reminding us of the fact that many accomplished actors are involved with Birdman besides its lead.
- Isaac Feldberg
The Musketeers, True Detective: 14 thrilling new shows for 2014
"The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life," said the BBC.
"As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
"Now in her 30s, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service."
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released some photos from Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu upcoming black comedy film "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Have a look at the photos below.
The film hits theaters on October 17, 2014.
Source: EW »
- Kellvin Chavez
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the teaser trailer for their upcoming black comedy film from Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.Have a look at the trailer below.
The film hits theaters on October 17, 2014.
Have a look at the trailer below.
Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures »
- Kellvin Chavez
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just debuted the first trailer for Birdman, the new black comedy from Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu (Amores Perros, Babel) that stars Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. Check it out in the player below and find the film's new poster in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page! »
The BBC have revealed the first image from the new eight-part political thriller The Honourable Woman, which will see film actress Maggie Gyllenhaal make the move to the smaller screen. Set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this looks to be a very powerful new drama for the BBC and with Gyllenhaal leading the impressive cast, it seems everyone involved is very excited by this project.
Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama for the BBC, has said:
“Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a perfect Nessa Stein. Hugo Blick has created a complex character in Nessa, with an extraordinary story. The combination of Hugo’s stunning scripts and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role is an exciting and powerful combination.”
The cast also includes Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Tobias Menzies (Game Of Thrones) and many more.
Stay tuned »
- Amanda Keats
Glenn Close will return to Broadway after a twenty year absence this fall, headlining a revival of Edward Albee's caustic drama of existential fear and loss, A Delicate Balance. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony Award last season for her staging of another Albee classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the production will play an 18-week limited engagement. It begins previews Oct. 20 at the Golden Theatre, with official opening set for Nov. 20. Close heads an all-star cast as Agnes, with John Lithgow as her husband Tobias, Lindsay Duncan as Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire, Martha Plimpton
- David Rooney
After months of hinting, it was finally announced in official terms that Glenn Close, the six-time Oscar nominee and multi-Emmy-winning star of Dangerous Liaisons and Damages, among many other projects, will take her first stab at Broadway in two decades in Edward Albee’s magnificent domestic dramedy A Delicate Balance, last revived in 1996 in a Tony-winning production with George Grizzard and Elaine Stritch. Aside from a guest-starring stint in the Brit import The Play What I Wrote some 10 years ago, this will be the first time Ms. Close has starred on Broadway since her Tony-winning turn as Norma Desmond in »
- Jason Clark
Despite all the hoo-ha over films such as Blue Jasmine and Stoker contemporary is still pretty much overlooked as a form of costume design. If it’s invisible, well, nobody notices it, and if it’s designer it becomes all about ‘the fashion’ (Omg Totes Want Those Shoes). We are currently in an age when costume design means period and sci-fi. It comes to the extent that if a costumer wants to tell a story through contemporary attire, he/she needs either a director with a key grasp of semiotics, or one that doesn’t care less about semiotics and offers a degree of autonomy. Watching About Time we presume that Richard Curtis is one of the former. Apparently he was specific on his needs to costume designer Verity Hawkes, yet gave her room to breathe and develop the project independently. Basically he let Hawkes do her job. What »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Someone has hi-jacked a London commuter train and six passengers left aboard are forced to figure out a way to either stop or get off said train. Given the six passengers, I'm not sure where the title Last Passenger comes from, but more importantly, the fact this film doesn't even care who the driver of the train is or what exactly their motivations are actually works in its favor. These kind of films can often get bogged down in the whos and whys, forgetting that much of the time spent debating the villain's reasons ignores the fact the characters are in a heap-load of trouble. Directed and co-written by first time feature director Omid Nooshin, Last Passenger is a one-location thriller with the majority of the focus on Dr. Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott), a single father traveling with his son (Joshua Kaynama). But before he realizes trouble is afoot, he's »
- Brad Brevet
On tap right now is an exclusive clip from Omid Nooshin's Speed-like horror flick Last Passenger (review). Cohen Media Group will release the film in NY, La, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philly, Sf, DC, and Orlando on April 25th. Eyes peeled, kids!
Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott) is an overworked doctor and devoted single dad heading home with his young son on the last train from London. When he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful and flirtatious stranger, Lewis believes life is finally looking up. But events then take a dark turn when Lewis discovers the guard has mysteriously vanished and the brakes have been sabotaged. Unknown to the handful of remaining passengers, a vengeful sociopath has taken control of the train and is hellbent on crashing it, taking his passengers with him to the grave. »
- Steve Barton
Runaway Train: Nooshin’s Banal Debut Goes Wrong Way on a One Way Track
What promises to be a nimble, low budget whodunit aboard a high speed train, forcing a small band of disparate passengers to work together for their own well-being, devolves quickly into a stodgy exercise of wanton blandness in Omid Nooshin’s debut, Last Passenger. Arriving in Us theaters after initial foreign DVD releases (and finally a theatrical bow in native UK last Fall), it’s anyone’s guess as to what the impetus was behind granting succor to this tasteless cinematic offering by releasing it in an already oversaturated market.
On the last train coming out of London, hard pressed doctor and single dad Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott) is trying to head home for the Christmas season with his young son, Max. But a patient emergency means a slight detour for the pair. Luckily, Lewis »
- Nicholas Bell
Title: Last Passenger Director: Omid Nooshin Starring: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, Iddo Goldberg, David Schofield, Joshua Kaynama, Lindsay Duncan Ahh, what might have been for Dougray Scott. In the late 1990s, he was originally cast as adamantium-clawed “X-Men” mauler Wolverine, but then forced to drop out of the film when overruns and delays dragged out the production schedule of “Mission: Impossible II.” Stripped of that franchise touchstone, he’s never quite reached the same buzzy occupational heights. Now, while Hugh Jackman has gone on to all sorts of riches and rewards, the Scottish-born Scott is left to anchor British-produced rip-offs of “Speed,” as with “Last Passenger,” a runaway-train action thriller that coasts along serviceably for a [ Read More ]
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