11 items from 2014
To misquote Ned Stark completely: Summer is coming! And summer brings us so many things. Heat. Sunlight. A complete absence of teachers, who reportedly spend the season hibernating inside their coffins in the North Pole. Most of all, summer brings Summer Blockbusters. Raucous comedies. Huge-budget action movies. Low-budget wonders. Fun-for-the-whole-family animated adventures. The rare-but-potent Serious Film that grabs big audiences with big themes. And as we anxiously await the beginning of Hollywood’s Summer 2014, EW has come up with a list of the twenty best Summer Blockbusters ever.
This deep into Hollywood’s decadent period, it can sometimes feel like »
- Darren Franich
Directed by: Jason Bateman
Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins
Release Date: March 21, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Carrying a mysterious motive, a 40-year-old man (Bateman) legally weasels into a nationwide spelling bee for kids.
Who’S It For? Sure, this is a different side of Bateman than we may be used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s funnier.
Bateman uses a fairly fast mouth and an authoritarian command to have some fun with his character, one that does work as a play against his image, but still feels like a nice guy’s version of a jerk. The qualities that make Guy so unlikable are made to be so obvious, that even as a desperate character his creation seems desperate. This creates a bad domino effect with much of the film’s humor, as Bateman, Bateman’s character, »
- Nick Allen
Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller knows that his movie, on the surface, looks like another comedy you probably adore: Old School. In fact, when we visited the film.s set last year, it was made clear that Stoller and his crew went out of their way to distance Neighbors from Todd Phillips. raucous comedy, to strike off and be its own thing. That.s not to say, however, that Neighbors doesn.t borrow from other movies. How could it not, right? During this year.s South By Southwest film festival, Stoller met me at the Neighbors frat house, located just south of the convention center in downtown Austin, to rehash the rousing reaction the Paramount Theater crowd gave his comedy at its debut screening. And as we kicked around jokes that killed and scenes that lingered, Stoller began pointing out all the different movies that ended up influencing Neighbors, and helping »
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:
Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)
Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. »
For the longest time it was thought Kevin Smith (Clerks) was going to direct a what was then considered a prequel to Chevy Chase's 1985 comedy Fletch. Then it fell to "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence and star Zach Braff. Neither scenario came to fruition. Now THR reports Jason Sudeikis will take over for Chase in Fletch Won, which is being considered as the first film in a planned comedy franchise at Warner Bros. With a screenplay from first time writer David List apparently passing muster and described as a gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with Gregory McDonald's mystery novels featuring investigative reporter I. M. Fletcher. The THR report says the film is hoping to exude a Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run vibe. Next step is find a director and I'd be shocked if Todd Phillips' name wasn't rumored at least once before this project began principal photography. »
- Brad Brevet
Back in October we brought you the news that Peter Dinklage had signed up for a Bad Santa-like "R-rated leprechaun comedy". At the time the Paramount project was untitled and didn't have a director in place, but both those issues have now been rectified. The film is called O' Lucky Day, and the director will be Lawrence Sher.Sher is following Wally Pfister's recent form, seizing the director's chair following a successful career as a cinematographer. In particular, he's known for his association with Todd Phillips, acting as Dp on all three Hangover films and Due Date. He also shot Garden State, The Chumscrubber, Dan In Real Life, Paul and The Dictator. But it's not all indies and comedies: he recently contributed some additional photography to Godzilla. The only plot synopsis available for O' Lucky Day so far is that it involves Dinklage trying to pass himself off as a real leprechaun. »
After making a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s best cinematographers, Larry Sher looks ready to add a directing credit to his resume, having signed on to helm the Paramount pic “O’ Lucky Day,” starring Peter Dinklage.
Story follows a man who attempts to pass himself off as a real leprechaun.
While he cut his teeth as Todd Phillips’ cinematographer on the”The Hangover” films and “Due Date,” Sher is starting to gain a higher profile as a studio directo, as he is attached to direct Montecito’s “Bastards” and Warner Bros. “Staycation.”
He’s repped by Wme, Principato Young and Julien Zajfen.
- Justin Kroll
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
When looking back on 2013 in WWE, the name Dolph Ziggler is a perfect example of how WWE likes to change their opinions of people too quickly. He ended 2012 with the Money in the Bank briefcase and even headlined the TLC PPV against John Cena in a match that he won.
The night after WrestleMania 29, Ziggler won the World Title and received one of the biggest ovations of the year. Soon after, a concussion derailed him and then he lost the World Title to Alberto Del Rio while turning face in the process. The face turn should have led to him winning the World Title back, but it did not.
- John Canton
Exclusive: Big shakeup at Silver Pictures, Joel Silver‘s producing label. I’m told that his two top creative executives — president Andrew Rona and Evp Alex Heineman – have just left the company. Both Rona and Heineman came there after Universal sold Rogue Pictures to Relativity and Rona, who ran that label, moved on. He took the Silver Pictures job after longtime head Susan Downey exited to partner in Team Downey with husband Robert Downey Jr. I’m told that Rona and Heineman intend to start their own production shingle. A spokesperson for Silver confirmed the moves, and said Silver wished them well as they set up their new venture. Silver kept a prolific pace even as the producing great transitioned from a longtime Warner Bros producing deal to being backed by StudioCanal and distributing through Universal Pictures. During Rona and Heineman’s time at Silver, the label produce 12 movies including »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
11 items from 2014
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