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After receiving some of the worst reviews of the season, The Mysteries of Laura had a very unimpressive year in the ratings and could have easily been cancelled. But, luckily for the fans, it's been renewed for a second season anyway.
The Mysteries of Laura revolves around a brilliant-but-harried NYPD homicide detective (Debra Messing) who must also juggle her home life, including raising her young twin boys and trying to divorce her husband. The rest of the cast includes Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar, Max Jenkins, Vincent Reina, and Charlie Reina.
Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.
While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee »
- Don Groves
Some critics derided Avengers: Age of Ultron as bloated, bombastic and nonsensical, but Australian moviegoers clearly dismissed or didn.t read the reviews
The Marvel blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon captured $15.7 million last weekend and $17.1 million including Wednesday night previews.
To be fair, the original opened on a Wednesday, Anzac Day, making $6 million on that day, and finished up with a towering $53.2 million.
The Disney release accounted for a whopping 71% of the entire market as nationwide receipts shot up by 34% to $22.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The four-day tally was up 18.5% on last year.
Universal.s Fast & Furious 7 »
- Don Groves
The micro label behind pick ups such as Anurag Kashyap’s opus Gangs of Wasseypur and Josephine Decker’s first pair of films have wrestled down John Magary‘s feature debut. Cinelicious Pics will be presenting The Mend as a day and date release with David Gordon Green’s name officially wrapped around the title as presenter.
Gist: Starring Josh Lucas and Stephen Plunkett as brothers Mat and Alan, respectively, the film follows the pair as they reunite just as Alan leaves on a long-planned vacation with his girlfriend, Farrah. But when Alan returns home earlier than planned to find Mat, Mat’s girlfriend and her son have commandeered his apartment, tensions rise and a mystery emerges: why has Alan returned without Farrah?
Do We Care?: Selected in last year’s SXSW Narrative Comp, THR »
- Eric Lavallee
Cinelicious Pics has snatched up all North American rights for The Mend, the debut film from director John Magary. Starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton, Cory Nichols, Louisa Krause, Leo Fitzpatrick and Sarah Steele, The Mend is a trippy comedy about a pair of NYC-based brothers stumbling through relationships, family and their own manhood. From Moxie Pictures in association with Discount Films, it’s produced by Myna Joseph and… »
Read More: David Gordon Green Talks Globetrotting Next Film 'Our Brand Is Crisis' and Taking Actors "Safely Into Dangerous Places" Writer-director John Magary's feature debut, "The Mend," has found a home with Cinelicious Pics. The upstart distributor is preparing a day and date release and indie director (and fan of the film) David Gordon Green will present it. Starring Josh Lucas and Stephen Plunkett as brothers Mat and Alan, respectively, the film follows the pair as they reunite just as Alan leaves on a long-planned vacation with his girlfriend, Farrah. But when Alan returns home earlier than planned to find Mat, Mat's girlfriend and her son have commandeered his apartment, tensions rise and a mystery emerges: why has Alan returned without Farrah? Green called the film, which premiered at SXSW in 2014, "bizarre and beautiful and organic." Cinelicious will release it late this summer, so keep an eye out, »
- David Ballard
On the heels of the news that Relativity Media founder and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has secured $250 million in financing from San Francisco-based VII Peaks Capital in advance of his film and television studio’s speculated Ipo, the company’s latest film, “Desert Dancer,” earned high praise at its New York premiere on Tuesday night at the Museum of Modern Art.
Famed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, news anchor Katie Couric and “Friends” star David Schwimmer were among many guests who applauded the biographical film starring Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie about Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life to create an underground dance company in Tehran despite a strict ban on dancing set by Iran’s Islamic rulers in 2009.
“The film is more than ‘Footloose’ set in Iran,” director Richard Raymond told Variety at the screening hosted by Cinema Society. “It’s about the freedom of expression and how important »
- Paul Chi
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
The Angels’ Share: Girard’s Musical Drama a Conventional Return
Quebecois filmmaker Francois Girard returns from a near decade long hiatus with Boychoir, his first cinematic venture since 2007’s Silk. The absence may not be much for Girard, who never seems to be in a much of a hurry when it comes to filmed endeavors, considering he last received breakout notices in that realm for 1998’s The Red Violin. Returning once more to his favored subject matter, the connective tissue of music, his latest feels a bit too familiar, a commonplace underdog tale that never quite feels invested in itself. True, Girard bypasses the general sense of staunch melodrama that saddles these diamond in the rough tales where troubled yet talented youth meets grizzled mentor (Finding Forrester, for instance), but there’s an air of nonchalant convenience to its rudimentary structure that tends to undermine some potential powerful elements, such »
- Nicholas Bell
Long before two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman decided to become an actor he dreamed of a career as a classical pianist. Now, at age 77, Hoffman gets the chance to indulge his passion as Boychoir’s inscrutable Master Carvelle.
“I wanted to be a musician but I was never talented enough,” says Hoffman during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Initially, he studied music at Santa Monica College before making the switch to acting.
“I have small hands so I can’t reach much more than an octave,” he says with his fingers stretched over an imaginary keyboard. “And, I think you have to have one of two qualifications; you have to have a really good ear or be a good sight-reader, and I’m neither.”
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Boychoir" drama, starring Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Eddie Izzard, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, and Garrett Wareing. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Stet (Wareing), a rebellious preteen with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship. The new movie is directed by Francois Girard from a script by Ben Ripley (Source Code). It's set to hit select theaters on April 3rd. Trailer: »
The first trailer for upcoming music-drama Boychoir – the latest film from acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin, Thirty Two Films About Glenn Gould) – has been released online by Informant Media, along with a new poster which we have for you here…
In the film, 12-year-old newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious preteen with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship. Kathy Bates (Misery), Kevin McHale (Glee), Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Debra Winger (In Treatment), River Alexander (The Way Way Back) and Josh Lucas (Poseidon) co-star.
Boychoir opens in selected Us cinemas on April 3rd, with a UK release scheduled for July 10th.
- Scott J. Davis
Late screenwriting guru Syd Field often wrote in his Bibles for wannabe film scribes that if the writer doesn’t grab the viewer in the first 10 minutes (or the first 10 pages), then there’s no reason to stay with the story. Often these introductory minutes indicate the kind of story we are about to see, and illuminate important aspects of the protagonist whose journey we will follow. If one judges Boychoir from its opening scenes, few would want to stick around to see how the rest of the story unfolds.
The film begins going steadily through a checklist of conventions for stories about a downtrodden young protagonist with prodigal talent. The first shot of the film is of Stet, played by newcomer Garrett Wareing, crouching behind a train as it rattles through a Texas town. (If one was looking for a more trite way to show that the main character »
- Jordan Adler
Boyhood and Whiplash? That’s old news! This year, let’s combine them for Boychoir. The first trailer for the film, directed by François Girard, hit the web on Tuesday. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, Joe West, Josh Lucas, and Debra Winger. Wareing plays Stet (as in Stetson), an 11-year-old Texan who’s sent to “the premier boy choir school in the nation” after the death of his single mother. He immediately fails to fit in — he’s a poor kid with behavioral issues, in a fancy school full of fancy people — but his vocal talents capture the attention of the sour Carvelle (Hoffman).
Boychoir seems to be a more sedated version of Whiplash with Hoffman playing the teacher that will be pushing Stet past him limits to make him the best singer in the choir. Hoffman looks strong in the role, but the overall »
- Zach Dennis
While you likely won't see Dustin Hoffman straight up abuse his young charges in "Boychoir," and the overall vibe is more feel-good than deliciously vicious, the general outline of the movie is not unlike "Whiplash": a young kid with talent struggles to find his way with a gruff teacher who expects nothing but the best. And a new trailer has dropped for the movie that trades jazz fills for perfectly blended baritones and sopranos. Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Garrett Wareing co-star in the movie that follows a young kid with an extraordinary gift for singing who lands himself in a prestigious music academy. And with the National Championships on the horizon, everyone must learn to get along and meet their potential to win the day. So yes, it's all standard formula feel-good stuff, with less chair throwing than "Whiplash." "Boychoir" arrives on April 3rd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you’ve ever participated in a band, an orchestra, or a choir, you know the time, talent and dedication it takes to become an world class musician.
In Boychoir, a rebellious preteen (Garrett Wareing) with a remarkable gift is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship.
Here is your first look at the trailer for Boychoir.
Boychoir also features Eddie Izzard as a teacher who serves as Hoffman’s right-hand at the school. Josh Lucas as Stet’s estranged father, while “Glee” star Kevin McHale plays a young music teacher who champions the boy. Debra Winger is the principal from Texas who first spots his talent.
- Michelle McCue
Director François Girard, known for his acclaimed films Silk, The Red Violin and Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, is back with an all-new drama this spring. Boychoir arrives in theaters this April, and is headlined by acclaimed actor Dustin Hoffman as a demanding vocal teacher. He is joined on screen by an all-star cast that includes Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard and River Alexander.
Boychoir follows Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town who ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy. The man will push Stet to the breaking point, hoping the prodigy will discover his creative heart and soul in music. »
It would seem like a surprise that “Serena,” the long-troubled project starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, which debuted on VOD and iTunes on Feb. 26, would even have a New York premiere. But on Saturday night, both of the film’s stars gamely attended a screening at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, prior to its limited March 27 U.S. theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures.
The onscreen duo — who previously appeared together in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” — spoke to red-carpet journalists as a team. Lawrence said she got the script for “Serena” during the 2012 shoot for “Silver Linings” and convinced Cooper to take the male role in the 1920s North Carolina-set drama based on Ron Rash’s novel. “I forced him to be in the movie,” she teased. They also fielded questions about their dietary habits (“we’re both the biggest eaters in Hollywood,” Lawrence said), horseback riding (Lawrence said »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The future is still up in the air regarding Debra Messing’s NBC sitcom The Mysteries of Laura. The drama, which also stars Josh Lucas and Janina Gavankar, was panned by critics before it even began airing last fall. Because of this, everyone was surprised when people were actually tuning in to watch Messing’s character Laura Diamond juggle a successful career as a detective and raise two young and menacing boys. So, the concept does seem a little outdated, but it worked and the network decided to give the series a full season order. This is not the first time that Debra Messing has starred on an NBC show. This is also not the second time. Messing has quite the extensive career in television. Here is a look back at some of the high points (Will & Grace) and the low moments (anyone remember Ned & Stacey?). The Early Years (1994- »
- Tim Gerstenberger
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
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