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The Mysteries of Laura Review
The aftermath of a long-running show isn’t an impossible hurdle to overcome, but it’s a tricky one, and Debra Messing is about due for another success.
Unfortunately, the best case scenario for The Mysteries of Laura involves a large enough demographic that is looking for a mix of soap opera and crime drama that leans heavily into the guilty pleasure realm. That might not actually give a fair account of the show, especially because a certain number of series that are on the air now, and doing quite well, could be thought to fall into that realm themselves. The Mysteries of Laura demands we go further than we’re used to, even in thinking of a television show as being a certain kind of ridiculous, and in this case what we’re looking for is akin to Scooby Doo showing up in a modern-setting romance novel. »
- Marc Eastman
After taking something of a left turn with his latest, the lighthearted TV miniseries "P'tit Quinquin," Bruno Dumont is moving in yet another interesting, unforeseen direction. The filmmaker is sticking in the world of TV, preparing a musical titled "Jeanette" for the channel Arte. It is about the childhood of Joan of Arc, and is based on the works of writer Charles Péguy, who wrote poetry and plays about the religious figure and "her personal struggle to come to terms with evil and her despair regarding the coming of God's kingdom." If anyone can pull off a musical about that, we suppose it's Dumont. [Telerama] "Hunter Killer" has hooked many directors over the years—Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce, McG and Steven Quayle—without actually being made, and now Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") is the latest to come in through the rotating doors of the forever developing movie. If it actually films. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) has been in some great films, but when asked if he regrets anything on his movie resume, the actor said that he's not very proud of "This Means War," a romantic comedy that was directed by McG (Terminator Salvation) and co-starred Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. "I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy told USA Today. "I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again." When his "The Drop" director Michael B. Roskam asked: "So you won't do mine?" Hardy replied: "With you, it would be different." In other words, Hardy would never work with McG again. »
Cut off from all outside communication, a submarine commander and an elite Navy special forces unit are all that stand between the Russian assault and all-out war.
Campbell is just the latest name attached to the helm of the project, and this would mark his first film since "Green Lantern".
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The game of Hot Potato over the spy thriller Hunter Killer continues. The film has seen directors like Phillip Noyce, Antoine Fuqua, and most recently McG attached at one point or another, but has failed to come to fruition in the years that it’s been in development. Relativity is still trying, though, and The Wrap now reports that Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell is in early talks to direct the pic, which is an adaptation of the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith. The story revolves around an American sub commander and a Navy Seal team that must rescue the Russian president and defeat a renegade admiral who’s attempting a coup. Campbell hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s Green Lantern, and while he wasn’t a great match for superhero material, he helmed the excellent The Mask of Zorro and rebooted the James Bond »
- Adam Chitwood
Without putting too fine a point on it, “The Mysteries of Laura” is designed for people who really, really love Debra Messing — who have been pining for her return to NBC ever since “Will & Grace,” and were even willing to forgive and forget her role in “Smash.” That contingent, alas, had better be fairly sizable, since there’s precious little else to recommend this new series, which liberally mixes the struggles-of-motherhood comedy with standard police procedural fare. Although Laura’s partner playfully refers to her as “Columbo,” the more apt comparison for NBC might be its “Ironside” revival.
At times, Laura’s commitment to whimsy makes the crime in the premiere — a hard-to-explain murder, committed in plain view — feel almost like an afterthought. That’s because she spends much of her time dealing with her mischievous preschoolers and a philandering husband (Josh Lucas) who, in addition to also being on the police force, »
- Brian Lowry
This means why?! Tom Hardy said he was not a fan of working on a rom-com, and he will probably never do it again. The British hunk, 37, opened up to USA Today about his experience on set with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine back in 2012's big studio romantic comedy This Means War. "I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy said of working on the McG-directed flick. Except he hated the experience. In the movie, Hardy and Pine played CIA agents and best [...] »
And you thought you had bad memories of the film This Means War. Tom Hardy, who starred opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon in the McG-directed 2012 action comedy, told USA Today that his negative experience filming the movie makes it unlikely he'll ever agree to appear in another rom-com. "I love to do things I hadn't done before," the actor said, explaining why he signed on for the film that is clearly outside of his grittier wheelhouse. "I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it.
- Ryan Gajewski
I’m just going to put this out there: romantic comedies are now really hard to write. I mean, as a creative endeavour, it’s a full-on cliché minefield. To correctly balance all the elements required – chemistry, tension, humour, romance – while avoiding the most well-worn cinematic devices, is monumentally difficult. A fool’s errand, some might say. And yet, still they appear, because still writers try to bring something new and fresh to the genre. Still we buy those tickets, and sit in the dark – hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but knowing we will probably be disappointed.
So, here we are again, with a new trailer for another daring attempt. The film is titled Playing It Cool in this preview, but was previously known as A Many Splintered Thing. Does it achieve the impossible dream? Is this film that most elusive of treasures – that mythic creature that continually slips our collective grasp? »
- Sarah Myles
Whether it’s fighting prison guards butt naked in Bronson or engaging in a phone conversation for an entire 90 minutes in Stephen Knight’s atypical thriller, Locke, it’s fair to say that Tom Hardy’s acting resume is as diverse as they come. However, looking to the future, it seems as though the British actor’s time in the romantic comedy genre are irrefutably over.
After his role in McG’s critically-derided This Means War — which pitted Hardy against fellow spy Chris Pine for the attention of Reese Witherspoon…yes, really — it appears his involvement in the 2012 flop was his first and last flirtation with the romcom in general.
Speaking with USA Today, the versatile actor spoke candidly about his mindset going forward:
“I love to do things I hadn’t done before,” said Hardy, before describing his experience making “This Means War.” “I didn’t understand how you »
- Michael Briers
Tom Hardy has done everything from sports drama (Warrior) to sci-fi (Inception), however there's one genre the actor isn't planning on returning to anytime soon: romantic comedies. In an interview with USA Today, Hardy said "I love to do things I hadn't done before," which may explain why he starred in McG's This Means War. But Hardy goes on to say he didn't enjoy working on the film, and because of that, doesn't think »
- Jesse Giroux
The actor said that the McG-directed 2012 film put him off the genre.
"I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy told USA Today.
"I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?"
Hardy will next be seen in The Drop.
Watch a trailer for This Means War below: »
Relativity has dated The Woman In Black Sequel on January 30 2015 after its recent Us rights buy from Hammer and eOne.
The film takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during the Second World War come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.
TWC-Dimension has acquired »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
McG's rom-com "This Means War" was widely panned upon release. Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon starred in the action-oriented romantic comedy about two CIA agents and best friends who fall for the same woman.
While the genre was familiar stuff for Witherspoon and Pine, it marked a change of scene for Hardy who is best known for more dramatic work. Out doing press for "The Drop," Hardy tells USA Today he has no plans to return to the rom-com genre and described his experience making 'War':
"I love to do things I hadn't done before. I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?"
- Garth Franklin
Tom Hardy's greatest attribute is his willingness to try anything and knock it out of the park. It's hard to believe the same actor who stormed the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Bronson" spent 90 minutes on the phone in Steven Knight's "Locke." This weekend, the actor plays a weary Brooklynite in "The Drop," and on the horizon he's got roles ranging from badass post-apocalyptic warrior in next summer's "Mad Max: Fury Road" to Stalin-era soldier in "Child 44." Hardy mixes genres and characters with ease, but there's one thing you won't see him again anytime soon: a romantic comedy. Coming between "Warrior" and "Lawless," the actor reached for the studio rom-com ring with "This Means War," directed by McG and co-starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Met with dreadful reviews, the movie actually legged it out to a $150 million worldwide take (thank you international audiences), but was considered a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Update, 11:35 Am Pst: Radius has confirmed Deadline’s scoop for Before We Go. Below find the press release.
Previous Exclusive, 9:49 Am Pst: Radius has gotten on the Toronto deal-making board. I’m hearing the label is closing a low-seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Before We Go, the film directed by and starring Captain America‘s Chris Evans. This comes after the successful multi-platform release of the Evans-starrer Snowpiercer.
Scripted by Ronald Bass, Jen Smolka, Chris Shafer, and Paul Vicknair, Before We Go also stars Alice Eve. Over the course of one night, two strangers form an unlikely bond based on the conflicts in their own lives. Pic is produced by Evans, McG, Mary Viola, Karen Baldwin and Howard Baldwin, Mark Kassen and Bill Immerman.
The film came into the festival playing the Special Presentations section and a lot of people really liked it. CAA and Wme »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Weinstein boutique arm RADiUS-twc has picked up Us rights to "Before We Go," "Snowpiercer" star Chris Evans' directorial debut, at Tiff. Starring Evans and Alice Eve (of "Star Trek Into Darkness"), the film follows two strangers stuck overnight in New York City whose casual acquaintance grows into something deeper a la "Before Sunrise." "Before We Go" was produced by Evans, Mark Kassen, McG, Mary Viola, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin and William J. Immerman. The executive producers are Peter Pastorelli, James McGough and Ron Bass - the latter of whom also wrote the screenplay with Jen Smolka, Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair. RADiUS, which also handled "Snowpiercer" and has tapped something of an indie star in Evans, is eyeing a second quarter 2015 release. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans, who next dons the costume in Avengers: Age of Ultron, makes his directorial debut with Before We Go, which was just acquired by RADiUS in a seven-figure deal. Chris Evans brought the film to the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend, which is written by Ronald Bass and Jen Smolka. An official 2015 release date should be announced soon.
Here is the official PR:
The film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other's most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.
RADiUS has slated a second quarter 2015 release. »
Story follows two strangers who over one night form a friendship after bonding over the issues in their own lives.
Sources tell Variety RADiUS has only discussed a theatrical release at this point with plans to release the pic in the second quarter of 2015.
CAA, who reps Evans, brokered the deal. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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