20 items from 2015
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman, and Johnny Depp.
Run Time: 124 minutes
Special Features: Streep sings Sondheim “She’ll be back”, There’s Something About The Woods, The Cast As Good as Gold, Deeper Into The Woods, Audio Commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca, Music and Lyrics
Before we take a walk intrepidly through my Into The Woods review, I’ll make the confession that Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic is one of the only musicals I know really well. It comes from working at a famous outdoor theatre in London some years back and being part of the team who worked behind the version directed by Timothy Sheader. This was my first encounter with Sondheim and I came to »
- Dan Bullock
I don't think anyone is surprised to see a PG-13 rating for Jurassic World, but if you'd like the reasoning for said rating see below. This week's bulletin also includes an R-rating for Peter Bogdanovich's new film She's Funny That Way, which hasn't been receiving the kindest reviews, but does star the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Lucy Punch, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Jennifer Esposito, Debi Mazar, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte, Cybill Shepherd, Tatum O'Neal, Illeana Douglas, Quentin Tarantino and Richard Lewis. So, there's that. Finally, Tangerine is the Sundance film that received a lot of attention because it is apparently a.) good and b.) was shot entirely on an iPhone. The complete bulletin is listed below. Awol-72 Rated R For violence, language throughout and brief sexuality. Batkid Begins Rated PG For some mild thematic material. Dovid Meyer Rated PG For thematic elements. Dragon Blade Rated R For bloody violence. »
- Brad Brevet
'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice A little Being Julia movie background: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey to the youthful, ambitious wannabe Eve Harrington: sweet, soft-spoken Anne Baxter on the outside; ruthless, poisonous gargoyle on the inside.* More than a decade earlier, in 1937 to be exact, W. Somerset Maugham had written Theatre, a novel about West End diva Julia Lambert. In Maugham's tale, Julia, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, succumbs to her vanity when she falls madly in love with Tom Fennel, a handsome – and deceptively innocent-looking – American half her age. Through Tom's "special friendship" with the renowned Julia, an ambitious young actress, »
- Andre Soares
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
Early in Brian Michael Bendis' career in comics, before Marvel gave him the chance to reinvent Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Avengers and the X-Men, he wrote a terrific autobiographical comic called "Fortune and Glory," about his struggles to get his early film noir-style comics adapted into movies. He runs through the usual inside showbiz stories of near-misses and ridiculous studio notes, but is also very open about how much he had to learn about the differences in writing for the page and the screen. (He's embarrassed to realize, for instance, that much of his dialogue is too dense to come out of the mouths of actors and sound natural.) Bendis has been on a much longer and more convoluted journey with "Powers," the comic he and Michael Avon Oeming created about a pair of human homicide detectives in a world overrun by superhumans, and which debuts today as the first »
- Alan Sepinwall
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "She's Funny That Way" comedy, starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Will Forte, Lucy Punch, Kathryn Hahn, and Rhys Ifans. Check it out below. Plot: The story revolves around married Broadway director Arnold (Wilson) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress named Izzy (Poots) and tries to help advance her career. Along for the ride is Aniston as Izzy's therapist Jane, Forte as Jane's husband and Hahn as Arnold's wife. The new movie is directed by Peter Bogdanovich (Paper Moon) and is set to hit theaters on May 1st. Trailer: »
Chicago – It’s been a while since I walked out of a screening so affected and feeling that I just experienced a truly honest, important film.
Sure, other ones have since, but back in 2007, “Once” especially made me feel that way long before the Oscars. I never would have expected it here and nor will you from this film you’ve probably heard little or nothing about, but a little engine that could called “Cake” has done that to me again. And you’d never guess who primarily made it possible: Jennifer Aniston in a visually unflattering, dramatic role.
While “Cake” as a film is receiving mixed reception, Aniston is being recognized for the career-growing range it’s proving for her beyond the “Friends” comedic stigma she’s trying to grow beyond. Though she tried with the dramatic romance “Love Happens” in 2009, it bombed. “Horrible Bosses” in 2011 and “Horrible Bosses 2 »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The film is directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and is the first comedy feature from the Oscar-nominated director in 14 years.
She's Funny That Way features the story of a married Broadway director (Wilson), who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and tries to help her advance her career.
Aniston has recently responded to an Oscars snub for her performance in Cake, saying that she was amazed at talk of a nomination before the film was even released.
Meanwhile, Wilson can currently be seen in the third and final film in the Night At The Museum series. »
Director Peter Bogdanovich returns to the silver screen this year with his first film in 13 years, the star-studded screwball farce She’s Funny Like That, and the first trailer has now arrived online. Check it out below…
She’s Funny That Way revolves around married Broadway director Arnold (Owen Wilson, Zoolander) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress named Izzy (Imogen Poots, That Awkward Moment). Also featuring in the cast are Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Will Forte (Nebraska) and Kathryn Hahn (Afternoon Delight), Lucy Punch (Into The Woods), Rhys Ifans (Greenburg), Cybill Shepard (Taxi Driver), Colleen Camp (Clue), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), and a cameo from Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).
She’s Funny That Way opens in the States on April 10th, with a UK release still to be confirmed.
- Scott J. Davis
Peter Bogdanovich, who helmed the brilliant The Last Picture Show and comedy classic What’s Up Doc?, has stepped behind the camera for his first feature in 14 years. After the lengthy break he took following The Cat’s Meow, he’s back with a throwback to the screwball comedies of yesteryear, She’s Funny That Way.
A unique blend of character, comedy and homage, Bogdanovich has assembled the type of starry cast that works to rouse moviegoers from their instant streaming and into theaters. The film stars Owen Wilson as a Broadway director who sleeps with a prostitute (Imogen Poots) who’s keen to make a break into acting. He falls for the youngster and makes a promise to help advance her career from the streets to the stage, until things go awry when the starlet winds up auditioning for a play starring his wife. Or, at least, that’s »
- Gem Seddon
The director of such classics as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon is finally making a return after 14 years of absence from features, but after watching the trailer for She’s Funny That Way, I wonder if it’s anything to celebrate. Peter Bogdanovich has been keeping plenty busy over the past decade and a half, doing a little more acting, some hosting duties on TCM, maintaining a blog at Indiewire and helming some TV movies, namely biopics about Natalie Wood and Pete Rose, and a documentary on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But his last true picture show, as far as a theatrical narrative release, was the 2001 historically inspired jazz-age farce The Cat’s Meow. For his comeback, Bogdanovich has written another wild comedy, this time with ex-wife Louise Stratten, and he’s corralled a very impressive cast, as someone of his background can easily do. Imogen Poots stars as a high-class prostitute-turned-Broadway star who »
- Christopher Campbell
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Lucy Punch, and Rhys Ifans are just a few of the recognizable faces in the trailer for Peter Bogdanovich's new comedy, She's Funny That Way. There are a lot of moving parts to this movie, but basically Isabelle (Poots) is an aspiring actress who accidentally sleeps with the married director of a play she's auditioning for. She's also a prostitute on the side, and her therapist (Aniston) is a bit unconventional. The movie opens on April 10, and if you've liked Bogdanovich's previous comedies like Noises Off . . . , you should check out the trailer below and see even more trailers for this year's upcoming movies. »
Let Them Have It: Barnz Banks on Adept Aniston
Grief is a prickly emotion to convey within the confines of the indie American melodrama, a place that audiences have come to expect a certain amount of imaginable tragedy causing rippling aftershocks for its protagonist that force him or her to grow once more into a healed, even enlightened being. Along the way, a checklist of unlikely supporting cast mates imbue these reflections on coping with a sense of wishful thinking—we want these heroes and heroines of life’s harsh blows to have access to magical members of disenfranchised, socio-economically compromised denizens to guide them through a series of growing pains so that it’s possible to get right back to where they started from. If this sounds familiar, then you’ll be able to plug into the familiarity of Cake from director Daniel Barnz, which unfortunately feels more like »
- Nicholas Bell
When you pack Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Lucy Punch, Debi Mazar, Rhys Ifans, Cybill Shepherd, Colleen Camp, Illeana Douglas and Tatum O’Neal in the same movie, things are bound to get a little hairy, but that's just the right tempo Peter Bogdanovich was going for in "She's Funny That Way." And the first trailer for the star-studded, screwball comedy has arrived. The story revolves around call girl/aspiring actress Isabelle Patterson who has a one night stand with married-with-kids Broadway director Albert. But it gets far more complicated for Albert when Isabelle shows up for an audition for this latest play, which also happens to star his current wife. The plot also includes private eyes, therapists, and no shortage of tangled threads. The result? Well, we called it "manufactured, sweet and unpretentious" though it contains "next to no nutritional value." "She's Funny That Way" arrives on April. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Legendary director Peter Bogdanovich returns with the new dramatic comedy She's Funny That Way. The first trailer has arrived, and it brings a star studded cast that includes Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Quentin Tarantino, Lucy Punch, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Debi Mazar.
She's Funny That Way follows a married Broadway director named Arnold (Owen Wilson) who falls for prostitute-turned-actress named Izzy (Imogen Poots) and tries to help advance her career. Along for the ride is Izzy's therapist Jane, Jane's husband and and Arnold's wife. Its sure to be one wild ride that fits right in with such Peter Bogdanovich classics as Paper Moon and What's Up Doc?
If She's Funny That Way looks familiar to Peter Bogdanovich enthusiasts, it's because the director originally set out to make the movie in the late 90s. It would have reunited him with his The Last Picture Show leading »
Stars: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Lilla Crawford, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour | Written by James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall has had plenty of success in the world of musical motion picture. His 2002 film adaptation of Chicago won Academy Awards and boosted Marshall’s name into the Hollywood “it crowd” in the process. Following up Chicago with a lovely adaptation of the Arthur Golden novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, showed Marshall was an accomplished director who was capable of more than musicals. Those two films showed style, heart and confidence. Since then, Marshall has directed Nine, a less well-received musical in 2009, On Stranger Tides, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in 2011, a film that many thought was unnecessary and failed in comparison to its prior instalments, »
- Chris Cummings
It's taken decades for Into The Woods to get to the big screen. It might just have needed a few more years.
Musicals can be tough to adapt from the stage to film, but you'd think that Rob Marshall, who brought the genre into the 21st century with 2002's Oscar-winning Chicago, would be a safe pair of hands. Unfortunately, that's maybe too true of Into The Woods, a project that has flummoxed filmmakers for a good couple of decades.
The much anticipated film is based on Stephen Sondheim's play, mashing up a bunch of different fairytales to more subversive effect. In a magical kingdom by a great forest, a baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) are desperate to have a child together. Alas, the baker is cursed with childlessness by the Witch who lives next door (Meryl Streep) over a quarrel with his deadbeat dad, (Simon Russell Beale. »
Into the Woods has the chance of garnering quite a few Oscar nominations, though it is a sure lock for production design. A new featurette explores the Disney musical, as it makes its journey from Broadway to the big screen. And through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, we get to learn how a real forest was incorporated into the look and feel of this traditional stage play.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family »
Want a behind-the-scenes look at what could wind up becoming Academy Award-nominated production design? A new Into the Woods featurette just surfaced called “Designing the Woods” and it’s loaded with soundbites from the cast and crew including director Rob Marshall, director of photography Dion Beebe and production designer Dennis Gassner discussing what it took to integrate real woods with what they built on a sound stage. Hit the jump to give it a watch and click here to check out my interview with producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca for more on how they created such a vibrant world on a limited budget. Into the Woods is now in theaters and stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp. Via Variety. Here’s the official synopsis for Into the Woods »
- Perri Nemiroff
Last week in Los Angeles I landed an exclusive video interview with director Rob Marshall for his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic stage musical, Into the Woods. During our conversation we discussed the making of Into the Woods (which included five weeks of rehearsal that was invaluable when it came to making the film work), the positive reviews, the length of the first cut, what he learned from test audiences and screening the film for family and friends, deleted scenes (including one that featured Meryl Streep), making full use of their $50 million budget, the way he likes to work, shooting one of the film's funniest numbers, "Agony," and a lot more. If you’re not familiar with Into the Woods, the Disney production stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
20 items from 2015
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