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The title would work better if the two hot women were the ones doing the pursuing, as opposed to being pursued – and indeed, if the film were funny in the first place. Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara have a terrible, sub-Thelma-&-Louise act as an uptight cop and the Colombian drug-baron trophy wife she is escorting to witness protection, forced to go on the run together and surrounded on all sides by gun-toting criminals and corrupt law officers. (Brit actor Robert Kazinsky gets the young Brad Pitt role as a sexy young guy they pick up on the road.) It’s not that Witherspoon can’t do comedy exactly: she was famously great in Alexander Payne’s classic Election – but there she was playing it dead straight, »
- Peter Bradshaw
As the second largest film festival in Germany, Filmfest München programs a large German slate and a range of international titles. In addition to the Alexander Payne retrospective and homage to Andy Warhol’s cinematic experiments, this year’s festival highlighted an assortment of U.S. films. Picked up by Open Road Films and Sony Pictures at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope had its German premiere in Munich. Below is my conversation with cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Filmmaker: How did you decide to become a cinematographer? Morrison: I grew up with a still camera in my hand, determined I could freeze […] »
- Taylor Hess
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
This refreshingly angular approach to class, racism and the interracial sex taboo addresses the elephants in cinema’s crowded room
Here’s a film that refreshingly acknowledges various elephants in cinema’s crowded living room: racism, the interracial sex taboo and class war. It’s an elegant, angular campus satire with a little of Alexander Payne’s dyspeptic Election – though the edge is slightly dulled by the final credits, particularly the final romantic pairing.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Read More: Alexander Payne Explains Why He Shot 'Nebraska' in Black and White and Cast Will Forte as His Dramatic LeadDespite the dominance of color, black-and-white films are not dead. When directors choose to film in black and white these days, they have an objective in mind. Black and white goes hand in hand with the story being told, as the stylistic choice often reflects the film's narrative and underlying themes. In a time where we have the option, taking the path less traveled opens up windows of opportunities in regards to how a director can visually tell his or her story. If you’re looking for great films to watch this summer, stream these modern black-and-white masterpieces on Netflix. "Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach, 2012) In anticipation of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's newest film, "Mistress America," which hits theaters on August 14, check out the dynamic duo's debut collaboration, »
- Conor Soules
Craig Johnson’s adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Wilson is well underway. With production having recently begun in Minnesota, Deadline has reported that Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have now joined the cast.
Wilson tells the story of a lonely, smug, middle-aged divorced man living in Oakland, California who is obsessed with his past. After his father passes away, he attempts to connect with his drug-abusing ex-wife and the teenage daughter he never knew existed.
Greer can currently be seen in summer blockbuster Jurassic World and will soon be appearing in Marvel’s Ant-Man, hitting theaters next month. Hines last appeared in the romance comedy Think Like a Man Too and is slated to appear in the holiday-themed Christmas Eve being released later this year. Hines and Greer join an already excellent cast with Woody Harrelson filling the shoes of the title character and Laura Dern playing his estranged wife Pippi. »
- William Fanelli
The feature adaptation of Daniel Clowes' (Ghost World, Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful) acclaimed graphic novel, Wilson, has begun shooting in Minnesota under director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins). Joining Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern is Judy Greer (last seen in Jurassic World) and Cheryl Hines (Larry David fans will need no introduction) in undisclosed roles. Harrelson will play the misanthropic outsider of the title, who makes one last-ditch effort to reconnect with his drug-addled ex-wife (Laura Dern) and a teenage daughter (Isabelle Amara) he's never met. Clowes also wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Alexander Payne, Sam Raimi, and Josh Donen. »
Ok, it’s not an Alexander Payne project as it once was which is slightly less exciting, but we’re still looking forward to Fox Searchlight’s upcoming, “Wilson,” an adaptation of celebrated work by graphic novelist Dan Clowes. His dark, hilarious cynical touch begat many terrific graphic novels and so far, two solid film adaptations: “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential,” both directed by Terry Zwigoff. Payne was supposed to direct the adaptation of Clowes’ “Wilson,” the script of which he wrote himself, but it appears he’s been caught up with other work. But in his stead is Craig Johnson, who won critical plaudits from Sundance 2014 with the indie “The Skeleton Twins.” “Wilson” already features Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern and joining the cast announced today are Judy Greer (“Arrested Development”) and Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his. »
- Edward Davis
Fox Searchlight has begun production in Minnesota on Wilson, an adaptation of the graphic novel by Ghost World‘s Daniel Clowes. The project has changed significantly since Deadline broke news the studio had acquired it in 2010 as a potential directing vehicle for Alexander Payne. The Skeleton Twins‘ helmer Craig Johnson has long since been set to direct Clowes’ script and the new news here is Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have joined Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, who play… »
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
The Descendants co-writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have signed with CAA. This marks the duo’s return to the agency where they had been represented until moving to Wme exactly a year ago. Rash and Faxon, who met while at The Groundlings, shared with Alexander Payne the 2012 best adapted screenplay Oscar for Payne’s The Descendants. Additionally, Rash and Faxon wrote and directed the Sundance feature The Way Way Back that starred Steve Carell. Their latest film project, The B… »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival may be long gone, but its fires continue to burn bright as festival sensation "Dope" enters theaters this weekend alongside the award-winning and expanding "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." We've rounded up 10 more Sundance hits that are now available to stream on Netflix, including prestige documentaries such as "Hoop Dreams" and the Academy Award-winning "Man on Wire." These films are listed below in alphabetical order. Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix "Citizen Ruth" (Alexander Payne, 1996)The debut feature of Alexander Payne ("Election," "The Descendants"), "Citizen Ruth" stars Laura Dern as an unruly pregnant woman whose actions draw attention from both sides of the abortion debate. With a wicked clever script and a tone that balances the moral shades of each side of the argument, "Ruth" proves just how acerbic and intelligent »
- Zack Sharf
What it also offers is a gigantic back catalogue of films, from obscure works of artistic genius to classics you haven't thought of in decades.
We dug deep into the Sky Store library to bring you a selection of our favourite hidden gems:
A new addition and Digital Spy favourite is Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Another recent Digital Spy favourite is Whiplash, a small-budget drama about the intense relationship between an ambitious jazz student and his fearsome instructor.
This Friday, "Jurassic World" is unleashed on an unsuspecting world, where it will gnash its teeth and swing its tail and generally make life miserable for puny humans foolhardy enough to mess with the laws of nature. (Hubris gets you every time.)
Some estimates have suggested that "Jurassic World" will be the box office hit of this summer (sorry, "Aloha"). That's right: 22 years after the original film debuted and decimated all box office records, this sequel could do pretty much the same thing.
But what do you really need to know about the movie before seeing it this Friday
1. It's a Direct Sequel to the Original 'Jurassic Park'...
For those keeping track at home, this is the fourth "Jurassic Park" film. The last film in the series was 2001's middling "Jurassic Park III," which saw original hero Alan Grant (Sam Neill) traveling back to a dinosaur-infested island to »
- Drew Taylor
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
Directed by Joe Johnston
Continuing our look at the original Jurassic Park trilogy, we now come to the third film in a franchise that didn’t lend itself to franchising very well in the first place. Simply titled Jurassic Park III (with 3 claw marks!), the film represents the last gasping attempt to milk the groundbreaking 1993 techno thriller of its fandom after the darker and scattershot turn the franchise took with The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997. Released in 2001, another 4 years between sequels, but now long after dinosaurs had captured the movie-going zeitgeist. We’d been through an alien invasion and a disaster movie fad since then and had moved on. We’d cloned a sheep and science was continuing to demystify genetic engineering. If the franchise was going to remain relevant it would have to present us with a new idea, »
- Charlie Sanford
In “The Great Escape,” French comedic filmmaker Bruno Podalydes has mastered the look of a man with his head in the clouds — a vacant-stare dreamer grounded by his dead-end desk job who resolves to set off on a solitary voyage of self-discovery. Not so much a midlife crisis as the sort of middle-class indulgence afforded to white men with no greater dramatic problems to concern them, Podalydes’ patience-straining excursion amounts to an uneventful kayak ride downstream, rendered in the gentle, sunny style of an Alexander Payne movie, minus the laughs. (The jokes are there, but prove either too broad or too French to translate.) Passed over by Cannes in a year crowded with Gallic gems, the unassuming pic should do fine at home, but won’t get much farther than Podalydes’ easily distracted character does.
At 50, Michel (Podalydes) has spent the better part of his life daydreaming about the death-defying runs of classic airmail pilots, »
- Peter Debruge
Paper Moon is as much about the movies as it is about a couple of thieves in the midst of the Great Depression. Director Peter Bogdanovich preceded his career as a filmmaker by studying to be an actor, programming screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, and writing film criticism for Esquire. Movies are in his blood, and they peek through the edges of Paper Moon.
Con man Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal) had hoped to merely pay his last respects to a fun-loving gal when fellow mourners decide it’d only be right for him to take her young, now-orphaned daughter to some relatives in Missouri. Seeing as they’ve got this Depression on, he’s heading that way and, after all, you can trust a man who sells Bibles, his con has left him little room to decline. For her part, Addie (Tatum O’Neal) isn’t exactly obstinate, »
- Scott Nye
Way back in 2010, Fox was looking to adapt the Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Art School Confidential) graphic novel Wilson for the big screen, and Alexander Payne was being eyed to direct the film. Payne won't be helming the movie, but THR has learned he is attached to the project as a producer, and The Skeleton Twins' Craig Johnson will direct from a script by Clowes. The site is also reporting... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Way back in 2010, Fox was looking to adapt the Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Art School Confidential) graphic novel Wilson for the big screen, and Alexander Payne was being eyed to direct the film. Payne won't be helming the movie, but THR has learned he is attached to the project as a producer, and The Skeleton Twins' Craig Johnson will direct from a script by Clowes. The site is also reporting that Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern are in negotiations for the lead roles, and »
- Jesse Giroux
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