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“No Kanye, those aren’t the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Round, round, get around, Flickering Myth gets around.
They talk everything, from how the movie came about, Pohlad taking on the directing role for the first time in over two decades and the original format of the script – which had three, rather than two, versions of Brian Wilson. The actor Pohlad had in mind for the third would’ve been incredible. Check it out below:
Love and Mercy stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the past and future versions of Brian Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. The film “presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, »
- Oli Davis
We love Clueless more than is probably acceptable, so when we heard that director Amy Heckerling is working on a jukebox musical we got seriously excited (and even started breaking in our purple clogs in preparation).
But one big question remains - who's going to be in the production? After all, Heckerling admitted that casting would be the biggest issue, so we started thinking about who could step into the iconic roles of Cher, Josh, Tai, Elton et al. Below are some of our suggestions, but let us know who you think should get involved.
Admittedly, our first thought for Cher was Taylor Swift, because she's our first thought for most things. But actually, wouldn't Kiernan Shipka be ace as Cher? She's proved that she has serious acting chops thanks to her stint in Mad Men, but we'd like her to show off her »
Glasgow Comic Con | Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor | Queer Vision | East End Film Festival
If your idea of a comic-book movie is limited to costumed superheroes saving the world from yet another CGI threat, you need to read more comic books, or watch more films. Fortunately, this festival gives you the chance to do both. Around the main event next weekend, it shows a handful of alternative comic-book movies. There’s the Daniel Clowes-adapted Ghost World (Tue), as good a film about growing up and fitting in as has ever been made. Or the equally fine American Splendor (Wed), with Paul Giamatti as outsider cartoonist Harvey Pekar.
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- Steve Rose
Chicago – Thomas Haden Church has the recognizable name, and a long career of character roles in comedy and drama. His laid-back persona gets a bit more intense as a conflicted father in the new film “Max,” about a military dog who comes home to an uncertain future with a grieving family.
What may look like a standard family film is actually an exploration of the mourning and the healing process, and the waste of war. Church is Ray Wincott, an early 1990s “Desert Storm” veteran, who sees his son Kyle (Robbie Arnell) follow in his Marine Corp footsteps to the Afghanistan conflict. One of the Kyle’s duties is to care for Max, a German Shepard who sniffs out bombs in the region. When Kyle is killed in action, Max is sent back to the Wincott family to get over his companion’s demise, but will only respond to Ray’s other son, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In the seven years since his breakout role in "Knocked Up," Ken Jeong has played a string of extremes. His role on "Community" as the insane and diabolical Ben Chang has been unpredictable, but his turns in the "Hangover" series and "Role Models" (as the King of Laire, or Live Action Interactive Role-playing Explorers) have been just as funny and unsettling. That's why it's downright intriguing to watch him play a sensitive English teacher in "The Duff," a high school comedy starring Mae Whitman as a girl dubbed The Designated Ugly Fat Friend, a buffer for her hottie pals. We caught up with Jeong to discuss "The Duff," which was just released on Blu-Ray and DVD, and how he relished the chance to play a character who isn't threatening community college students for a living. When you first heard about the "The Duff" and inevitably learned that the title meant "Designated Ugly Fat Friend, »
- Louis Virtel
★★★★☆ Graduating from producer to director, with Love & Mercy (2014) Bill Pohlad successfully delivers a biopic like no other - a tale of endurance based on the turbulent life of Beach Boys member and solo artist Brian Wilson. The brilliant double-team of Paul Dano and John Cusack play Wilson at different but no less important crossroads in his life, the film switching between timelines to accurately capture the the frailty of a man charged by music, yet troubled by his mind. In the present, Brian (Cusack) meets car saleswoman Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), who becomes an important figure in his life as he attempts to piece himself together, much to the dissatisfaction of psychotherapist Dr. Landy (Paul Giamatti).
- CineVue UK
Halfway through our list already, and we've gotten some great feedback from you guys about the choices so far. The third part of our feature is here with yet more hidden cinematic gems and a few selections that may surprise you. Check back tomorrow for part 4! 21 - American Splendor Synopsis: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the mundane life of comic book hero / ordinary joe Harvey Pekar. Why you need to see it: As miserable as Pekar himself, this is a strangely compelling watch with a fantastic performance from Paul Giamatti. Despite the fact that life keeps throwing obstacles at him, its his dogged perseverance that endears him to the viewer, and Giamatti slips so comfortably into the role, it's hard to imagine anyone else being able to pull off a performance like it. 22 - In The Mouth Of Madness Synopsis: An insurance investigator hired to look into »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
Good Time Gal: Barthes’ Sensible Remake of Flaubert’s Classic Novel
Few literary protagonists have reached the heights of notability as the infamous Madame Bovary, from the proto-feminist novel written by French author Gustave Flaubert in 1857. Examining the selfish and inevitably tragic actions of a discontented wife, the titular character is also rather hard to sympathize with considering a multitude of understandable yet frustrating actions. As many literary figures, she’s been resurrected for the big and small screen on multiple occasions over the decades, generally to troubled critical reception. Though Claude Chabrol’s 1991 adaptation is somewhat regarded as the definitive film version, this latest examination is the first to be directed by a woman, a detail being used as a selling point for tuning in. But even if you can ignore the fact that a notoriously bi-sexual French man originally penned the material inspiring this English language co-production, it »
- Nicholas Bell
Read More: Review: Brian Wilson Portrait 'Love & Mercy' Isn't Your Average Biopic Editors Note: To better understand how The Beach Boys later musical oeuvre transcends their surf music roots, we asked actor Paul Dano to curate a playlist for us. Dano plays the younger version of Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson in the newly released biopic, "Love and Mercy," in which John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti also co-star. As "Love and Mercy" director Bill Pohlad told us last week, Dano prepared for the role by studying the recordings on "The Pet Sounds Sessions," a comprehensive re-release that not only contained the original album tracks but also considerable sums of behind-the-scenes audio. Dano's commentary appears alongside individual below; the complete playlist, save for one Beatles track unavailable on Spotify, appears at the bottom of this page. I started this playlist with the first three tracks from the 1967 unfinished »
- Paul Dano
See Also: Love & Mercy Press Conference Report
Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Take a look at the trailer here…
Directed by Bill Pohlad, Love & Mercy is set for release July 10th in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
After a successful festival circuit, Love & Mercy is set for a UK release on July 10th. It follows the true story of Brian Wilson, the leader and songwriter for The Beach Boys and, we’re told, paints an unconventional portrait of his life. Directed by Bill Pohlad, the film is set in and around the back catalogue of Wilson’s stunning music but also fully explores the personal troubles he encountered and the ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Love & Mercy opens in the UK on 10th July.
- Dan Bullock
The Universal Pictures project is directed by F. Gary Gray, with O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-e, respectively. Meanwhile, Aldis Hodge plays Mc Ren, and Neil Brown Jr. is DJ Yella in the N.W.A biopic titled "Straight Outta Compton." Carra Patterson and Paul Giamatti are also in the cast, playing Tomica Woods, Eazy-e's widow (who inherited his share of N.W.A. song rights, and is also a producer on the film), and Jerry Heller, manager of the group. Keith Stanfield plays Snoop Dogg. The upcoming film, which follows the group as they emerge from the streets of Compton, California in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures’ action thriller San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, is making a major impact in the global theatrical marketplace, registering a box office total of more than $300 million worldwide as of Monday, June 8, only its 10th day in release.
San Andreas opened at number one in North America on May 29th, entertaining moviegoers in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX to earn a stellar A- Cinema Score and a domestic weekend total of more than $54 million. As of Monday, its domestic earnings have reached $101.1 million.
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- Movie Geeks
Ratchet & Clank looks gorgeous in the first ever gameplay trailer for the upcoming PS4 release.
The brand new PS4 trailer features a brief look at the upcoming animated movie, before launching into gameplay footage for the very first time.
In a post on the PlayStation blog, Insomniac community lead James Stevenson said that the studio didn't want to simply "up-res" Ratchet & Clank for PS4.
"We started out thinking of Ratchet & Clank (PS4) as a 're-imagining' of the 2002 original, revised to tie in with the deeper version of Ratchet's origin story as seen in the film," he said.
"We envisioned a curated Ratchet & Clank experience that borrowed from the spirit of the classic PS2 titles while infusing some of the best elements from the Ratchet & Clank Future games."
The studio ended up with an entirely new game with elements based on the original.
Fans can expect new modern controls, new planets, »
'San Andreas' movie with Dwayne Johnson. 'San Andreas' movie box office: $100 million domestic milestone today As the old saying (sort of) goes: If you build it, they will come. Warner Bros. built a gigantic video game, called it San Andreas, and They have come to check out Dwayne Johnson perform miraculous deeds not seen since ... George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, released two weeks earlier. Embraced by moviegoers, hungry for quality, original storylines and well-delineated characters – and with the assistance of 3D surcharges – the San Andreas movie debuted with $54.58 million from 3,777 theaters on its first weekend out (May 29-31) in North America. Down a perfectly acceptable 52 percent on its second weekend (June 5-7), the special effects-laden actioner collected an extra $25.83 million, trailing only the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Statham comedy Spy, (with $29.08 million) as found at Box Office Mojo.* And that's how this original movie – it's not officially a remake, »
- Zac Gille
There are two brilliant performances in Love & Mercy, well, four if you add in Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks in supporting roles. Paul Dano and John Cusack together make one whole complete lead performance, »
- Sasha Stone
“Downton Abbey” fans were treated to a Q&A with a few cast members and producers of the show Saturday at the Writers Guild that ended with a trailer of the final season of the PBS hit.
In a wide-ranging discussion, writer-producer Julian Fellowes, producer Gareth Neame, stars Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael revealed little about the final episodes, including if fan faves Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti will return.
Bonneville and Carmichael said they would miss Highclere Castle, which stands in for Downton Abbey.
“High Clere castle is a pretty nice office to come to work,” Bonneville quipped.
Moderator Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times asked if the cast had seen the series finale, to which Fellowes promptly replied, “I haven’t written the finale yet.”
Going back to the beginning, Fellowes and Neame talked about how the idea for the show started. The pair were »
- Shalini Dore
The media business is an odd business, where we race to herald our greatest entertainers with prose and galleries and listicles as soon as (and, sometimes, only after) they've died. Wire services prepare actors, musicians and other creative peoples’ obituaries months, years, and even decades before they’re deceased. Especially when creators are dormant -- they retire, they don't pursue gigs, they can't get gigs – the column inches and other platforms celebrating their contributions to film, TV, comedy or movies, too, appear inactive. Similarly, filmmaking sometimes follows the same graphic arc of interest and ability to portray the achievements of great artists. For every biopic made while a creative’s alive -- “American Splendor,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter, ”“What’s Love Got To Do With It” -- there seems to be twice as many made after death, like “Walk the Line,” “The Aviator,” “Capote,” “Vie En Rose,” and “Behind the Candlabra. »
- Katie Hasty
I’m a huge fan of music biopics, whether they’re documenting or fictionalizing, because I’ve always felt the passion and commitment those talented folk give to their art should be shared with a wider audience. Recently we’ve had the insightful Cobain documentary and extraordinary Whiplash, with the likes of Almost Famous and High Fidelity always sitting comfortably in my all-time Top 10.
I’ve been keeping an eye on Love & Mercy since it was first announced a couple of years back and my interest continued to grow as Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack were added to proceedings. Directed by Bill Pohlad, his first major feature after producing Wild, 12 Years A Slave and The Tree of Life, he’s chosen to look through the unique life of Brian Wilson.
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Wilson (played here by Dano) began to struggle with an emerging psychosis »
- Dan Bullock
I’ve seen a lot of biopics. Most are forgettable. Many feel like a Lifetime movie that somehow got a theatrical release. Director Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy is not one of those films. Written by Oren Moverman, the film takes a non-traditional approach to telling the Beach Boys member's life by splitting the story between Wilson in his 20s (Paul Dano) and Wilson in his 40s (John Cusack), and it doesn’t shy away from showing the dark side of Wilson’s mental illness that almost consumed him. Loaded with a cast giving it their all, a great script, and superb direction, Love & Mercy is a fantastic film that deserves your time and money. The movie also stars Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Bill Camp, and features a tremendous soundtrack. For more on the film, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. The other »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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