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Filming an ambitious adaptation of a lauded novel can be a trying experience. Creative direction can veer off-course. Creative differences can flare up. But according to Lisa Cholodenko, director of HBO's upcoming miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” — based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel — it's nothing that a little bit of sparring and booze can't overcome. Also read: Dave Grohl Takes Dig at ‘Song Contests’ During HBO's ‘Sonic Highways’ Panel Discussing the miniseries — which stars Frances McDormand as the title character and Richard Jenkins as her husband Henry — at the Television Critics Association at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Cholodenko »
- Tim Kenneally
HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.
Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .
Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.
Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »
- Garth Franklin
See the struggles of the ’4 Minute Mile’ in the new poster and trailer for the drama. The poster and trailer for the movie were issued by the film’s distribution company, Gravitas Ventures, which will distribute it in theaters on August 1. The movie is now available on VOD. The drama was directed by ‘Snow & Ashes’ helmer Charles-Olivier Michaud, and written by Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie. ’4 Minute Mile’ stars Kelly Blatz, Academy Award-nominee Richard Jenkins, Cam Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton, with Rhys Coiro and Academy Award-winner Kim Basinger. The following synopsis for ’4 Minute Mile’ has been released by Gravitas Ventures: ’4 Minute Mile’ is the inspirational [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
When it's hot outside, there's no better place to cool off than a movie theater — except when it turns into Hollywood hell. Yes, our intrepid Peter Travers has returned with his trusty Scum Bucket to regale you with his tales of suffering through the absolute worst movies of June.
The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Travers needs to say little more than the title of the movie clocking in at number 10, All Cheerleaders Must Die. Though he adds a curt "Do I need to say more?" before moving right along to The Signal, »
Exclusive: Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
The story centres on a pair of siblings at a secluded mountain farm who decide not to tell anyone when their mother dies, leaving them orphans. In the coming days they must deal with sinister visitors. Stephen T Barton and Blunder co-wrote the screenplay. Blunder also produced.
“We are excited to collaborate with 108 Media to release this jarring, incredibly cinematic film with its creative and unpredictable storytelling,” said Arc’s head of acquisitions Scott Moesta. “We are proud to distribute the film on all platforms.”
Moesta brokered the deal with 108 Media’s Jordan Nutson on behalf of the filmmakers.
108 has closed deals with Japan (New Select), pan-Asia (Astro) and Scandinavia (Take One). Deals are understood to be in the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
I’ve been keeping an eye on John Slattery’s directorial debut God’S Pocket since I first heard that the Mad Men actor was moving behind the camera. This first trailer doesn’t disappoint if you like a little dark comedy drama, with a tremendous cast attached.
When Mickey’s (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) crazy step-son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in a construction ‘accident’, nobody in the working class neighbourhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother Jeanie (Christina Hendricks) demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.
God’S Pocket looks like a solid debut for Slattery, who appears to have his eye on a good story. »
- Dan Bullock
The debut feature by everyone’s favourite Mad Man John Slattery, God’s Pocket is named after the Philadelphia neighbourhood in which it’s set. It’s a blackly comic character piece that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in a part similar to the rumpled, feet-of-clay roles that made him great, and it has a new UK trailer to watch here. brightcove.createExperiences();God’s Pocket is based on a novel by Peter Dexter, writer of The Paperboy, and follows Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman), a blue-collar Philly con whose stepson has died in a construction accident. And when they say accident, they actually mean “accident”. Something fishy is afoot here and his wife (Christina Hendricks) is determined that he gets to the bottom of it.Richard Jenkins, John Turturro and Eddie Marsan are the fellow players in the gnarly crime caper that unfolds. The reviews from the Us have been mixed, but »
The kind folks over at Gravitas Ventures have given us the exclusive poster premiere for 4 Minute Mile, opening in theaters August 1. The film stars Kelly Blatz and Richard Jenkins. From the official synopsis - 4 Minute Mile is the inspirational story of Drew (Kelly Blatz), a high school student struggling to overcome the inner-city surroundings that threaten to imprison him. After getting manipulated into running drug payments to a local dealer (Rhys Coiro), Drew has nowhere to turn in a family with a deadbeat older brother (Cam Gigandet) and an overwhelmed single mom (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger). His only outlet is track practice but that is taken from him as he continues down the path of his sibling; even the affections of a girl at school (Analeigh Tipton) can’t...
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And Goodnight: Levitas’ Debut Works Too Hard for Genuine Catharsis
Headlined by one of those casts that seems too good to be true, actor Andrew Levitas (HellBent; Beauty Shop) makes his screenwriting and directorial debut with the heartfelt Lullaby. But this is one melancholic little ditty that has a few too many extra verses, a bit of overreach rendering it emotionally ineffective. Overwrought when it should be meditative, distending to ungainly subplots when it should be reigning in its central familial unit, only a kernel of the dramatic potential remains. However, there’s nary a moment where we’re persuaded to feel much of anything for the privileged members of this bruised brood, and so it becomes a standard indie drama that has more potential as an agenda driven message film than the emotionally complex examination of its troubled protagonist that it should be, especially considering this was inspired by the director’s personal experiences. »
- Nicholas Bell
Not Rated, 2 Hrs., 18 Mins.
She ran in the same circles as Sartre and Camus and was mentored by de Beauvoir, but French feminist writer Violette Leduc achieved a mere fraction of her peers’ fame and respect. In Martin Provost’s graceful biopic, Emmanuelle Devos plays Leduc as a powder keg of a woman who used her loneliness and insecurity as the explosive fuel for her work. She gives a tremendous performance, somehow managing to turn an emotion as ugly as self-loathing into something beautiful to behold. A- –Missy Schwartz
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 45 Mins.
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- EW staff
This weekend, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back on the force and headed to college in "22 Jump Street," Hiccup and Toothless battle to protect the peace in "How to Train Your Dragon 2," the inaugural season of "True Detective," starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, is out on DVD, and the drama-filled "Game of Thrones" Season 4 finale premieres on HBO this Sunday.
Also in theaters this weekend: In "Hellion," a motocross-obsessed 13-year-old boy works with his emotionally absent father (Aaron Paul) to bring his little brother home after Child Protective Services took him away. "The Rover" follows a ruthless ex-soldier (Guy Pearce) who forces a wounded thief (Robert Pattinson) to help him find the men who stole his last possession in the desolate landscape. "The Signal" follows three college students who believe they have tracked a rival computer hacker to a desolate shed only to lose consciousness and awake to a nightmare. »
- Jonny Black
Title: Lullaby Directed by: Andrew Levitas Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Anne Archer, Amy Adams, Terrance Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jessica Barden Running time: 117 min, Rated R, In theaters and iTunes June 13th Jonathan Lowenstein (Garrett Hedlund) has been living with the fact that his father Robert (Richard Jenkins) has been living with cancer for years. Tired of the failed attempts to rid his father of the disease, he has since moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. His father never showed faith in his talent. He gets the news that his father wants to be taken off his respirator in [ Read More ]
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With business bigwig Robert (Richard Jenkins) intent on pulling his own plug after a 12-year battle with cancer, his estranged son, Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund), who long ago abandoned his clan to pursue a music career on the West Coast, returns to New York, where he acts out like a spoiled brat mostly interested in Dad's decision to give away his fortune.
A quartet of unbearable types whose sheer unpleasantness »
In the compelling, richly acted Lullaby, painter and sculptor Andrew Levitas writes and directs a debut film about a father’s impending death that manages to take the weight of the moment seriously and not as a simple plot tool for heightened drama. Based loosely off the events surrounding his own father’s death, Levitas takes advantage of a superb ensemble to offer a film that, while sometimes conventional and overlong, has the intimacy and intelligence of a stellar stage play. In fact, given how every other scene is in the dad’s hospital room, how the story takes place over an 18-hour period and how there are suspiciously few hospital staff around, it very well could have been staged.
Levitas’ father passed away more than a decade ago, which brought the artist time to reflect about the circumstances of his life and his father’s disease. Although he shares »
- Jordan Adler
Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson are 2 members of an ensemble cast dramedy titled "Lullaby," joined by Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, and Jessica Brown Findlay in a project from Radiant Films, directed by acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas - his feature film directorial debut with Lullaby, directing from his own script. What's "Lullaby" about? Lullaby explores the power of life and the reconnections between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Hedlund's character receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off of life support. What follows is an unexpected journey of love, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
With a solemnity belied by his last name, sometime-actor-producer-painter-sculptor Andrew Levitas makes a doggedly personal and downbeat directorial debut with “Lullaby,” about a family that gathers for its patriarch’s imminent cancer death. The name cast, including Garrett Hedlund in a charismatic leading turn, may lure viewers, but even in limited release (with a simultaneous bow on VOD), the film faces grim B.O. prospects, given its subject matter.
In a director’s note, the polymath helmer — who has worked across visual arts, acted in various bit parts, and taken producing credits on such films as “The Art of Getting By” and “At Any Price” — says he was inspired by his father’s own prolonged deterioration from terminal illness. Indeed, it seems clear that “Lullaby,” which centers on a musician who returns home to bid his dad farewell after a period of estrangement from the family, is at least somewhat autobiographically inspired. »
- Ben Kenigsberg
This weekend brings "The Fault In Our Stars" (our review), the twee story of two teens, with cancer, who fall in love, all while the story builds to a climax that will require you to have a box of Kleenex at your side, at the ready. But if you have some hankies left over, perhaps you can save them for "Lullaby." An ensemble of mostly people we like, the dramedy brings together Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Brown-Findlay for the tale of a young man, and his family, dealing with the impending death of their father. The movie, at least thus far, promises to be cutesy, manipulative, heavy, dramatic and funny but curiously, none of it looks remotely interesting. And we'd wager there's a good reason that this movie has been sitting on a shelf for a while. But hey, we're open to being pleasantly surprised, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For someone who has achieved a high degree of fame in his 20s, Jonah Hill managed to stay out of the tabloids and gossip columns—until now. This past weekend he unleashed a homophobic slur at a paparazzo while he was walking with a friend in the Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles.
Losing his cool, the 30-year-old star lashed out at a photographer who was teasing him about his flowered shorts. “Suck my d—k, you f—-t,” Hill told the man who had been trailing him all day.
Ironically in this week’s Variety cover story, Hill was asked how he’s been able to avoid attracting negative press all these years, something he attributed to his good upbringing and working nonstop.
“Since ‘Superbad,’ I haven’t taken a break. I go make movies, so I don’t’ have the time to be a mess,” he says, “At least not yet. »
- Jenelle Riley
This exclusive clip from long awaited indie tearjerker "Lullaby" showcases the the lighter side of this emotional family tale. In "Lullaby," Garrett Hedlund -- fresh off of indie hit "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- plays Jonathan, who reconnects with his family for the worst reasons: His father, played by the iconic Richard Jenkins, is going to be removed from life support. "Lullaby" co-stars Amy Adams as Jonathan's love interest, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson as a no-nonsense nurse, Terrence Howard as a very personal doctor. Anne Archer and Jessica Brown-Findlay round out the rest of Jonathan's family. This clip features Brown-Findlay and Hudson engaging in some frustrated banter. The film is said to carry its heavy material with an indie feel, adding light moments to the dark story. Here, Hudson's character makes the audience smile for a second by telling off Jonathan and his sister before proudly marching down the hall. "Lullaby »
- Brandon Latham
Arc Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Julian Gilbey-directed film, "Plastic." The drama, about a credit card scam, was a hit in the U.K., making the box office's top ten. "Plastic" stars Ed Speleers ("Downton Abbey") as an extremely intelligent and savvy college student who recruits a group of friends to commit credit card fraud. However, things grow complicated when the grow indadvertedly steal from a infamous gangster. Arc Entertainment will also be in charge of distribution for the upcoming, star-studded drama "Lullaby," with Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced. »
- Eric Eidelstein
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