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An innocuous romantic comedy, “Always Woodstock” stars Allison Miller as an aspiring songwriter who retreats from relationships and career dead-ends in Manhattan to the titular upstate burg, where Mr. Right and artistic fulfillment prove all too easy to find. Writer-helmer Rita Merson’s first feature offers a heroine whose whininess is meant to be a lot more endearing than it plays, surmounting obstacles so weak they practically roll over and play dead for her. Even by its genre’s comfort-food standards, this movie feels blandly circumscribed, almost child-proofed, as if any sharper reality or wit might be harmful to the intended audience. It opened in 10 U.S. markets (and Toronto) on Friday, but its modest surface polish and familiar supporting-cast faces will serve it better in ancillary sales.
Orphaned as a child (we never find out how), Miller’s Catherine Brown is a lost little lamb whose lamb-iness isn’t »
- Dennis Harvey
Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Sam Smith and Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley are covering the 20th anniversary issue of Out magazine's Out100! In addition to the quadruple cover, each of the four stars is receiving a big honor from the Lgbt mag. Page is this year's Entertainer of the Year while Quinto is their Artist of the Year. Sam Smith is the Breakout of the Year and Wiley in the mag's Ingénue of the Year. In the new issue, Page, who came out on Valentine's Day 2014, opened up about being closeted in Hollywood. "No one's ever been so direct as to say, 'You're gay, so we're gonna hide it.' But there's an unspoken thing going on," she said. "[People] »
Out100 covers include a parade of A-list celebs, Calvin Klein stirs the pot with new “Perfectly Fit” campaign, Jennifer Aniston opens up about her “sweetheart” fiancé, and more in today’s Last Lap.
Out100 reveals the 20th anniversary covers, featuring Sam Smith, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Page, and Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley. [Out] Myla Dalbesio, a 27-year-old, “plus-size” model (size 10) is the face of Calvin Klein’s “Perfectly Fit” campaign. “[Calvin Klein] released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction,” she said. Preach, girl. [Elle] Jennifer Aniston gushes over her man Justin Theroux in the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar. [Us Weekly] USA renews Graceland with a 13-episode third season. [@TVGuideMagazine] Alfonso Ribeiro gets support from his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air family on Dancing With the Stars. [Us Weekly] TNT cancels Franklin and Bash, starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. [THR] On Big Morning Buzz Live, Alexandra Shipp gives us the »
- Taylor Ferber
Out Magazine is going all out for the 20th anniversary of the annual Out 100 issue. This week, the four covers for the issue were revealed, announcing Zachary Quinto, Ellen Page, Samira Wiley, and Sam Smith as some of this year's most inspiring, incredible individuals in the Lgbt community. Ellen talks about her choice to come out earlier this year, while Sam opens up about the pressures of being young, gay, and heartbreakingly vulnerable in his music. Keep reading for a few of the most insightful quotes from each of the four interviews. »
Coming out on Valentine's Day 2014 marked the start of a new chapter for actress Ellen Page. And the Juno star's brave decision to make the announcement at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive has earned her not only a great deal of respect in the Hollywood community, but a new accolade: Out Magazine's Entertainer of the Year. Appearing as one of four cover stars for the magazine's annual OUT100 double issue, Page talked to the publication about the pressure actors feel to remain closeted in [...] »
X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2014.
Directed by Bryan Singer.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Evan Peters, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Helman and Peter Dinklage.
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
“Please. We need you to hope again…”
Quite an apt statement lifted from Bryan Singer’s return to the comic-book realm that feels much more personal than just that of a desperate future Professor X (the ever miraculous Patrick Stewart) as he begs, pleads his past self (James McAvoy) through a inter-dimensional/time-loop to get back on a horse called Cerebro. Indeed, it feels like it’s Singer doing the pleading, »
- Scott J. Davis
Ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman. »
Stars: Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellan, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Bingbing Fan, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage | Written by Simon Kinberg | Directed by Bryan Singer
It was with trepidation that I approached X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since X-Men broke the mould of cheesy 90s superhero films with their first modern outing 14 years ago, we’ve seen ground-breaking efforts from the likes of Batman and Spider-Man. With superhero fans now spoilt for choice, expectations are high for the latest outing of Marvel staples, the X-Men.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in a futuristic world, where mutants are forced to do battle with relentless machines called sentinels. The sentinels are teutonic robots, constructed by humans to control the mutant population and possess the ability to adopt the characteristics of any enemy almost instantly. We’re introduced to a gaggle of recognisble protaganists; Storm (Halle Berry »
- Joe Cronin
This image fills The Film Experience's heart with actressexual joy...
Freeheld, a drama based on adocumentary short, has had a difficult journey to the big screen. There have been cancellations, delays, cast-changes, funding issues, you name it. But Ellen Page stuck with it, came out, and the film powered back to life (coincidence? who knows). But it's delightful to see a still which is proof that it the movie is actually happening. For those who haven't been keeping up Freeheld this is the official "about synopsis" from the Oscar winning documentary:
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice »
- NATHANIEL R
X-Men: Days of Future Past is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to test your knowledge on the most successful X-Men movie to-date. Take part in our quiz below to see if you know your Logans from your Jennifer Lawrences.
Q: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan is sent back in time to save the present - in what year does he arrive?
Correct! Wolverine wakes up on a water bed and peers out at Times Square before facing off against gangsters.
Q: In comic book lore Quicksilver Peter Maximoff is the son of which X-Men character?
A) Charles Xavier
Correct! This is hinted at in the jailbreak scene when Quicksilver tells Eric: "They say you can manipulate metal. My mum used to know a guy who could do that. »
Lena Dunham went on an Instagram spree on Thursday, sharing several snaps of her famous friends - plus one topless photo of herself - sporting pink Planned Parenthood t-shirts to support the Women Are Watching campaign. Celebrities like Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Ellen Page snapped selfies in the Lena Dunham Planned Parenthood tees, and Lena rounded them all up for one big collage. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Women Are Watching campaign marks an effort to get young women out to the polls on Nov. 4, and in a video for Glamour, Lena and her fans explain why the midterm elections matter. "I used to think that all that mattered was that you, you know, vote for Obama, then go back to eating Cheetos and reading gossip magazines," Lena joked. "But the fact is, the midterm elections matter." Keep reading to see the powerful video, plus all the stars who are supporting the campaign. »
The last film from the director of Deliverance has found a domestic partner. BBC Worldwide North America said today that it has acquired rights to John Boorman’s Queen And Country. Not to be confused with the Ellen Page spy starrer Queen & Country from Chernin Entertainment, Boorman’s pic is a portrait of post-wwii England, a time of National Service and continued rationing. David Thewlis, X-Men First Class’ Caleb Landry Jones and Ripper actor Callum Turner star. In many ways it is a follow-up to Boorman’s acclaimed 1987 film Hope And Glory, based on his childhood during the London Blitz.
BBC Worldwide Na will release the film in the U.S. and Canada next year. The still-living filmmaker has said Queen And Country would be the last movie he would direct. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May and BBC picked up the pic after its North American »
- Dominic Patten
Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have signed on to star in writer-director Gary Michael Schultz's crime drama ”Vincent-n-Roxxy,” which was developed and produced by Keith Kjarval's Unified Pictures. Story follows down-on-their-luck rebels Vincent (Hirsch) and Roxxy (Kravitz) as they fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval through his Unified Pictures production banner in association with Media House Capital, whose Aaron L. Gilbert will executive produce. Also read: Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife Opposite Emile Hirsch (Exclusive) International sales »
- Jeff Sneider
Four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore is featured in this first poster for Sony Classics Pictures Still Alice. The film was an Official Selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
In the film, Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
Writers-Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland made Sundance history in 2006 when Quinceañera won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win numerous other prizes, including the Humanitas screenwriting Award, and the John Cassavettes Spirit Award in 2007. Their film The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros Pictures and DC Comics recently released their full slate of upcoming comic book movies through the year 2020. Outside of Justice League and Wonder Woman, two other announcements really stood out. The Flash and Aquaman will be getting their own films in 2018. With The Flash TV show just premiering to great numbers it makes sense to bring that character to the cineplexes. Well DC has other ideas about who will be playing The Flash.
Along with the announcement of the film, it was announced that The Flash would be played by Ezra Miller. The young actor is best known for his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Critics have praised his performance in both films and he is looking like a standout star of this generation. Well that wasn’t enough for comic book fans.
- Max Covill
The film crew for the upcoming drama Freeheld got a rude awakening while trying to tape scenes for the movie at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, N.Y. The film, which stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, centers around a lesbian couple fighting for domestic partner benefits when one discovers she has terminal lung cancer. For the movie, which is based off of the 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short by the same name, director Peter Sollett and the production staff had asked the Catholic high school’s permission to [...] »
Let my readers go... to other places. Here are a bunch of articles I enjoyed elsewhere or which are worthwhile for their informational newsiness. But come back soon, okay? Okay.
Dissolve a new Pee Wee Herman movie is "imminent"
The Guardian on Renée Zellweger and 'the Actor's face as His/Her brand'. I made a point of not talking about Zeéeeee's looks yesterday in my own post about the photo but this is an interesting non-aggressive non-misogynist piece about movie stars and how shifts to their brand work (or don't).
- NATHANIEL R
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films … in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody’s films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Scoop and To Rome with Love…
Simon Columb on Scoop…
Magic, death and murder are often found in Woody Allen films. Scoop is no different, as Joe Stromble (Ian McShane), from beyond the grave, appears to reporter Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) in the middle of a magician’s (Woody Allen) show. He gives her the ‘scoop’ of a lifetime, revealing the tarot-card killer as upper-class businessman Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). Pretending to play Father and daughter in many scenes, Scarlett Johansson is channelling her inner Woody Allen while acting with him. This means Scoop includes two neurotic, »
- Gary Collinson
Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.
Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
Coinciding with the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the folks at Screen Junkies have turned their attention to the latest chapter of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise for the Honest Trailers treatment…
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States on October 14th and in the UK on November 10th. Featuring in the cast are are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, »
- Gary Collinson
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