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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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Trailer For “Jumping The Broom” (Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine)

5 November 2010 6:23 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Here’s the trailer for a film we’ve profiled previously on this blog – the upcoming family dramedy, Jumping The Broom, with Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso, starring alongside Paula Patton, in the ensemble film, directed by Salim Akil (Girlfriends). Deeray Davis, Mike Epps, Tasha Smith, and Meagan Good also co-star.

Jumping The Broom depicts the “collision of worlds” when two African American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for a wedding.

On the “uppity” side, Angela Bassett plays Paula Patton’s mother, an heiress and a pillar of the Washington elite; representing the working class will be Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso, who will play Patton’s soon-to-be-husband.

Elizabeth Hunter (Beauty Shop) and Arlene Gibbs (producer Traitor, American Gun) wrote the screenplay. Bishop T.D. Jakes, as well as Tracey Edmonds and Glendon Palmer of Our Stories Films Inc are producers. »

- Tambay

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Cast Photo For “Jumping The Broom” (Can You Identify Them All?)

26 August 2010 1:07 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Bishop T. D. Jakes posted the above photo on his blog – it includes the cast of the upcoming rom-com, Jumping The Broom, which we’re previously profiled on this blog.

Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso, star alongside Paula Patton in an ensemble wedding comedy directed by Salim Akil (Girlfriends).

Jumping The Broom depicts the “collision of worlds” when two African American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for a wedding.

On the “uppity” side, Angela Bassett will play Paula Patton’s mother, an heiress and a pillar of the Washington elite; representing the working class will be Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso, who will play Patton’s love interest.

Elizabeth Hunter (Beauty Shop) wrote the screenplay. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Tracey Edmonds are producing.

Shooting is reportedly just about done! So, I expect we’ll be seeing some footage soon.

Can »

- Tambay

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First Look: The Eye Of The Storm with Rush, Davis and Rampling

21 August 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Twitch has this sublime trailer for director Fred Schepisi’s  The Eye Of The Storm . The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, and Charlotte Rampling…Australian and British goodies all around!

It looks absolutely charming and I adore anything Judy Davis is in.

Synopsis:

When Elizabeth Hunter (Rampling) has a stroke, her son (Rush) and daughter (Davis) fly across the world to be at her bedside, which raises all the family’s old frictions and resentments as they struggle to come to terms with who they are and what they mean to each other and how they can best survive one another. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize.winning author, Patrick WhiteThe Eye Of The Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships . and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them.

According to Dark Horizons, production began in mid April in Melbourne, »

- Michelle McCue

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Geoffrey Rush Is In The Eye Of The Storm

20 August 2010 8:56 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

After trying to get his war drama Last Man off the ground for years, Australian director Fred Schepisi turned his focus to another project in development, the adaptation of Patrick White's bestselling novel The Eye of the Storm -- starring Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis.

 

When Elizabeth Hunter has a stroke, her son and daughter fly across the world to be at her bedside, which raises all the family's old frictions and resentments as they struggle to come to terms with who they are and what they mean to each other and how they can best survive one another. 

We now have a look at the first trailer, presented in ridiculously wide-widescreen. Check it out below:

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Taraji P Henson Will Star In “Ripped-From-The-Headlines” Lifetime Movie!

13 July 2010 7:57 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Taraji P. Henson will star in the Lifetime TV original movie, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story – a “ripped-from-the-headlines” project which centers on mother, Tiffany Rubin, who fights and succeeds in rescuing her seven-year-old son, Kobe, who was taken away by his South Korean father in 2007 – her ex-husband, with whom she was engaged in a bitter custody battle over Kobe.

After a visit to his father’s Brooklyn apartment, Kobe was stolen away to South Korea. Rubin, a public school teacher from Queens, with little help from authorities, and little money to spend on an intensive search for her son, turned to the non-profit organization, The American Association for Lost Children, who located Kobe in a town near Seoul.

The rest of the story goes… “Along with Mark Miller, president of the organization, Rubin traveled to South Korea, launching a surveillance operation to chart Kobe’ daily schedule. After a careful planning, »

- Tambay

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Sony’s Jumping the Broom Announces Cast, Angela Bassett and Paula Patton Co-Stars

13 July 2010 1:12 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Principal photography has begun in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia on the TriStar Pictures’ production of the wedding comedy Jumping The Broom directed by Salim Akil from a screenplay written by Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter. The film is slated for theatrical release on May 6, 2011 and distributed by Sony Pictures.

The film stars Angela Bassett (Notorious, Meet The Browns), Paula Patton (Precious, Deja Vu), Laz Alonso (Just Wright, Avatar), Mike Epps (The Hangover, Resident Evil: Extinction), Loretta Devine ( Death at a Funeral, First Sunday), Meagan Good (Stomp The Yard), Tasha Smith(Couples Retreat, Why Did I Get Married ?), DeRay Davis (Old Dogs, Semi-Pro), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Romeo Miller (Honey), Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Perfect Stranger), Pooch Hall (The Game), Brian Stokes Mitchell (The Prince of Egypt), and Valarie Pettiford (Why Did I Get Married?, Stomp The Yard).

T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis Wallace, Elizabeth Hunter and Glendon Palmer will produce the project. »

- Allan Ford

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Angela Bassett & Paula Patton cast in TriStar Pictures' Jumping The Broom

12 July 2010 4:09 PM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Principal photography has begun in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia on the TriStar Pictures' production of the wedding comedy Jumping The Broom directed by Salim Akil from a screenplay written by Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter. The film is slated for theatrical release on 6 May, 2011 and distributed by Sony Pictures. The film stars Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Valarie Pettiford. T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis »

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"Riding," "Abduction," "Broom" Casting

6 July 2010 12:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Red Riding Hood

Virginia Madsen is set to play the mother of Amanda Seyfried's titular character in Catherine Hardwicke's "Red Riding Hood", a supernatural thriller remake of the Grimm fairy tale reports Variety.

Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie and Gary Oldman also star in the story of a village haunted by a werewolf. David Leslie Johnson ("Orphan") penned the script.

Abduction

Elisabeth Röhm ("Heroes") will play the biological mother of Taylor Lautner's character in the thriller "Abduction" about a teen who discovers his parents aren't who they claim to be reports Risky Biz Blog.

Emily Mortimer had previously been tapped to star in the role. Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello also star. John Singleton directs from a script by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Shawn Christensen.

Jumping the Broom

Laz Alonso ("Breakout Kings") has joined the cast of the Sony romantic comedy about the battle between a poor »

- Garth Franklin

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Angela Bassett Rides A "Broom"

30 June 2010 9:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Angela Bassett has joined the ensemble comedy "Jumping the Broom" for Sony Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter's script is set around a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard and follows the class struggle between two quite different African-American families.

Bassett will play a Washington heiress and the mother of Paula Patton's wealthy family matriarch character.

Also joining them are Romeo Miller as Patton's Yale student cousin and Laz Alonso as Patton's love interest. Loretta Devine also stars.

Elizabeth Hunter will perform a re-write of Arlene Gibbs' script. Salim Akil makes his feature directorial debut on the project which begins shooting this summer in Nova Scotia. »

- Garth Franklin

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Angela Bassett Will Play Paula Patton’s Mother In Wedding Comedy “Jumping The Broom”

30 June 2010 5:09 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso, will star alongside Paula Patton in Jumping the Broom, an ensemble wedding comedy directed by  Salim Akil (Girlfriends).

We’ve already profiled this film on this blog… but to recap, Jumping The Broom depicts the “collision of worlds” when two African American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for a wedding.

Angela Bassett will play Paula Patton’s mother, an heiress and a pillar of the Washington elite. Really? I’m having a difficult time picturing her as Paula Patton’s mother, if only because of their 16-year age difference; Angela looks damn good for 51, and doesn’t look old enough to be 35-year old (and looks it) Paula Patton’s mother; And there’s little resemblance between the two. Yes, I guess technically, Bassett’s character could have have been a really young mother, but »

- Tambay

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Angela Bassett Set for Jumping the Broom

29 June 2010 11:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Angela Bassett joins Jumping the BroomAngela Bassett has joined Columbia Picture's Jumping the Broom, joining Paula Patton in the wedding-themed ensemble comedy directed by Salim Akil.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo Miller are also joining the project, which revolves around the clash of two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum meeting for the first time during a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard.

Bassett will play Patton's mother, an heiress and a pillar of the Washington elite. Miller plays Patton's cousin, a senior at Yale. Alonso will play Patton's love interest.

Arlene Gibbs wrote the script, which is undergoing a minor rewrite by Elizabeth Hunter.

Production begins in early summer in Nova Scotia.

Jumping the Broom comes to theaters May 6th, 2011 and stars Paula Patton, Angela Bassett. The film is directed by Salim Akil. »

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Angela Bassett joins wedding comedy 'Broom'

29 June 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Angela Bassett   Angela Bassett will star alongside Paula Patton in Columbia's "Jumping the Broom," a wedding-themed ensemble comedy directed by Salim Akil.

Also joining the cast are Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo Miller.

"Broom" revolves around the clash of two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum meeting for the first time during a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard.

Bassett will play Patton's mother, an heiress and a pillar of the Washington elite. Miller plays Patton's cousin, a senior at Yale. Alonso will play Patton's love interest. Shooting begins in early summer in Nova Scotia.

Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter wrote the script, based on a story by Hunter. Bishop T.D. Jakes, Curtis Wallace, Tracey Edmonds, Glendon Palmer and Hunter are producing.

Bassett just wrapped shooting on "Green Lantern," playing Dr. Amanda Waller in the Martin Campbell-helmed Warner Bros. tentpole. She is casting her directorial debut, »

- By Borys Kit and Jay A. Fernandez

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Paula Patton Snags a Rom-Com Lead

25 May 2010 4:35 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Paula Patton, who played Ms. Rain in Precious and is currently in the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy Just Wright with Queen Latifah and Common, is in talks to take center stage in a new rom-com called Jumping The Broom. This will be director Salim Akil's first feature-length film; Elizabeth Hunter, who wrote Beauty Shop and The Fighting Temptations, wrote the screenplay and is also one of several producers. Akil has previously directed TV shows The Game, Girlfriends, and Soul Food. Plot details are sketchy at the moment -- Patton will play the head of a family fighting with another, less wealthy family at a wedding in Martha's Vineyard -- but filming is set for June in Nova Scotia.

Even though Just Wright has gotten a very mixed response, with a Rotten Tomato rating of 48%, it garnered positive reviews from critics like Roger Ebert, although most of Just Wright's »

- Jenni Miller

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Paula Patton To Jump The "Broom"

24 May 2010 11:21 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paula Patton ("Deja Vu," "Just Wright") is in negotiations to topline the wedding-themed comedy "Jumping the Broom" says The Hollywood Reporter.

Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter's script is set around a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard and follows the class struggle between two quite different African-American families.

Patton will play the matriarch of the wealthy family. Salim Akil makes his feature directorial debut on the project which begins shooting this summer in Nova Scotia. »

- Garth Franklin

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Paula Patton Wants To “Jump The Broom”

24 May 2010 9:36 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Paula Patton is reportedly in negotiations to star in the romcom, Jumping the Broom, which is being helmed by Salim Akil (Girlfriends), making this his feature film debut for Sony Pictures.

As mentioned on this blog in April, the story depicts the “collision of worlds” when two African American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for a wedding.

Elizabeth Hunter (Beauty Shop) wrote the screenplay. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Tracey Edmonds are part of the producing team.

Shooting will begin next month in Nova Scotia.

Other casts will be announced soon enough… it does say 2 African American families after all.

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- Tambay

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Paula Patton Is Jumping the Broom

23 May 2010 9:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paula Patton joins Jumping the Broom According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paula Patton (Just Wright) is in negotiations to topline the wedding-themed comedy Jumping the Broom.

Salim Akil is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which is set to start shooting in the summer in Nova Scotia.

Jumping the Broom was written by Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter. The story centers on a clash between "two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic background at a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard."

Patton is going to play the female lead of the wealthy family.

Sony is most likely going to be the studio releasing Jumping the Broom. »

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Paula Patton eyes role in wedding comedy

23 May 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paula Patton, now onscreen in "Just Wright," is in negotiations to topline the wedding-themed comedy "Jumping the Broom." Television helmer Salim Akil is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which is slated to start shooting in the summer in Nova Scotia.

Written by Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter, the film follows the clash of two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic background at a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard. Patton would play the female lead of the wealthy family.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, Curtis Wallace, Tracey Edmonds, Glendon Palmer and Elizabeth Hunter are producing. Hunter did a recent polish on the script.

If the project comes together, it likely would go out through the Sony label.

Patton, repped by Wme, played the teacher in the Oscar-nominated "Precious." »

- By Zorianna Kit

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Rush, Davis Caught In Schepsi's "Storm"

19 April 2010 7:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Production kicked off today in Melbourne, Australia on acclaimed filmmaker Fred Schepsi's "The Eye of the Storm" according to an official press release.

Based on the classic novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White, the story is set in Sydney's Centennial Park where two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) as her expatriate son (Geoffrey Rush) and daughter (Judy Davis) convene at her deathbed.

But, in dying, as in living, Mrs. Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. The film is described as "a savage exploration of family relationships — and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them."

Alexandra Schepisi, Robyn Nevin, Colin Friels, John Gaden, and Helen Morse also star in the project which marks the first film Australian director Schepsi has shot in his homeland since 1988's "A Cry in the Dark" (aka. "Evil Angels »

- Garth Franklin

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