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61st London Film Festival Review – The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (2017)

6 October 2017 5:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), 2017.

Directed by Noah Baumbach.

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Adam Driver, Judd Hirsch, Candice Bergen, Rebecca Miller, Danny Flaherty, Adam David Thompson, Ronald Peet, Matthew Shear, Michael Chernus, and Sigourney Weaver.


A dysfunctional family comes together when the father, a retired sculptor, becomes seriously ill.  His children are forced to confront their differences while, at the same time, they have to cope with an event to celebrate his work.

Admit it!  Our parents drive us crazy, right?  It doesn’t matter how much we love them, there are always times when they send us round the bend for all kinds of reasons.  And if dad – or “the dad” as wife Maureen (Emma Thompson) calls him – happens to be Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman), he’s a master when it comes to pushing his children’s respective buttons, »

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Couple Born on the Same Day in the Same Hospital Marry 27 Years Later: ‘We Both Knew We Were Right For Each Other’

5 October 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Two lovebirds who came into the world together are now going to spend the rest of their lives together, too.

Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos met in 2007 as students at rival high schools in Taunton, Massachusetts. Mutual friends of the two pushed them to connect with each other, and they soon started dating. 

“I knew from the very beginning that he was different—he was respectful, and he made me laugh” Gomes, 27, tells People. “He still makes me laugh! No one else can do that. From the start, we both knew we were right for each other.”

The two soon »

- Jason Duaine Hahn

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Ghostbusters Spinoff May Be Told From The Ghost’s Perspective

3 October 2017 8:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Audiences remain divided on the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters – directed by Paul Feig, and starring an entirely female team. Those divisions do not seem to have dampened enthusiasm for the property – for either fans or the studio – however, as producer Ivan Reitman recently detailed plans for the future of the franchise.

Addressing an assembled crowd at the Idw comic panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, the man behind the original Ghostbusters movies provided some details on an animated film that’s currently in development.

“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story. That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think »

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Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ Story to Be Told From a Ghost’s Perspective?

3 October 2017 5:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

While most people will associate Ghostbusters with Ivan Reitman’s 1984 film, I grew up watching “The Real Ghostbusters” animated series, which acted as a sort of companion piece to the film series. With Columbia Pictures rebooting the franchise last year, the plan was to ignite a new universe and build upon the new film that […] »

- Brad Miska

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Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker

3 October 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Noah Baumbach has been making movies for more than 20 years, and in that time, has developed a distinctive voice in American cinema. His stories of neurotic New Yorkers are loaded with memorable moments of self-obsession and narcissistic showdowns. But Baumbach didn’t become a filmmaker overnight; he learned much about filmmaking from watching other movies. Raised by novelist Jonathan Baumbach and film critic Georgia Brown, Baumbach grew up surrounded by cinema, and it played a critical role in his evolving love for the medium.

The filmmaker looked back on some of these key influences during a conversation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center shortly before a screening of his latest effort, the ensemble comedy “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which Netflix releases later this month.

The Movie Brats

Baumbach was born in 1969, which placed on the younger end of the spectrum of moviegoers influenced by the movie brat »

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Owen Wilson, Ed Helms Search for Their Dad in ‘Father Figures’ Trailer

28 September 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has issued an official trailer for its comedy “Father Figures,” after recently ditching the title “Bastards.”

J.K. Simmons and former pro football player Terry Bradshaw, who is playing himself, are potential father figures to Owen Wilson and Ed Helms’ characters. Wilson and Helms play brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.

The brothers’ mother Helen Baxter (portrayed Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young.

“I’m not sure who your father was,” she says, “Back then, monogamy was not our top priority.”

When confronted by the brothers, Simmons’ character begins breaking glass and declaring, “There’s no way those jackasses are my kids.”

Asked about the name Helen Baxter, Bradshaw responds: “Talk about a blast from the past…she »

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Father Figures Trailer Has Owen Wilson and Ed Helms on a Dad Hunt

28 September 2017 8:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Perhaps you haven't heard of Father Figures? That's because when the first trailer dropped more than a year ago, it was called Bastards. The team behind this comedy wised up, changing the title and giving you some time to forget. Now, they have cobbled together a new trailer, for better or worse, and here we are.

Arriving from Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment, the latest footage from Father Figures promises a Christmas comedy that will bring you back home. The movie opens on December 22, and it stars two heavy weights in the genre who've not been so busy lately. The movie teams the great Ed Helms with the always welcome Owen Wilson for the right amount of charm. It doesn't really matter how good or bad the script is, these guys will probably carry the material pretty far on their own.

Wilson and Helms play Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers »

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International Newswire: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Tom Wlaschiha Boards U-Boat Drama ‘Das Boot’

26 September 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s International Newswire, German producer Bavaria adds further high-profile cast to ‘Das Boot,’ Fox confirms the addition of Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson to the cast of ‘The Kid Who Would Be King,’ and Hulu takes U.S. rights to British comedy ‘GameFace.’

Game of Thrones” star Tom Wlaschiha and “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser have joined the cast of the rebooted “Das Boot.” The high-profile casting on the eight-episode U-boat drama, which has a $31.5 million budget, is yet another sign of the heightened international ambitions of German producers.

Also joining the Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment’s co-production are James D’Arcy, who appeared in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” and Thierry Fremont, whose credits include “Juste un regard.”

The four newbies will play alongside Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”), Rainer Bock (“Inglourious Basterds”), Rick Okon (“Tatort”), and Vicky Krieps (“Phantom Thread”), among others. Andreas Prochaska »

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A Future of ‘Flatliners’: 5 Bad ’90s Movies That Hollywood Should Remake for Millennials

26 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This Friday will see the release of a horror film called “Flatliners,” a movie title that should be instantly familiar to anyone who spent the ’90s trawling the shelves of their local video store in search of something — anything — to watch that weekend. Perhaps best remembered as the crusty VHS that was always sandwiched between “The Fisher King” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the original “Flatliners” was an asinine but atmospheric psychological horror thing that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Billy Baldwin as foolhardy med students who start experimenting with life after death. Nothing goes wrong and they all live happily ever after.

Now, perhaps motivated by the fact that the mere act of making a movie in 2017 feels like an experiment with life after death, Hollywood is about to unleash a remake starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, »

- David Ehrlich

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Schwarzenegger Will Shoot Twins 2 After Terminator 6

22 September 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Twins 2 isn't dead yet! Arnold Schwarzenegger's next two projects will see the former California Governor looking backwards into his past to revive old characters from his 1980s heyday. Up next is Terminator 6, which has a finished script by James Cameron with Deadpool director Tim Miller officially signed on to helm the project. In addition, Linda Hamilton is already training to reprise her role as Sarah Connor for the first time in 26 years. After that, Schwarzenegger is going back to the often talked about Twins sequel, Triplets. are reporting that Schwarzenegger confirmed his next project after Terminator 6 will be Triplets while speaking at An Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger event in England. The sequel to 1988's Twins has been talked about for years, but it might actually happen this time. Schwarzenegger revealed that filming for Terminator 6 will begin in March and that he will join forces »

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12 Actors Who Were Almost Batman

15 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Batman has dominated movie screens since at least 1989. An there have been some major players vying for the role ever since. Ben Affleck put it best: "Batman is the Greatest Part in the World." In the summer of 2017, the actor and Oscar winning screenwriter and director shrugged off rumors he was set to exit the Dceu, as work continued on Zack Snyder's Justice League. But what if someone else was coming in to take over the role. Who would it be?

Battfleck turned out to be the best received part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which reintroduced the Caped Crusader to movie going audiences, following the critical and box-office success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. There have been numerous big screen versions of Gotham City's vigilante since he made his debut in Detective Comics and even more false starts and abandoned projects. Today, we're looking »

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Ed Helms-Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’ Changes Title to ‘Father Figures’

15 September 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has decided to lose “Bastards” as the title for its Ed Helms-Owen Wilson road comedy, opting instead for “Father Figures.”

The studio is keeping the Dec. 22 release date for the Alcon Entertainment production.

J.K. Simmons and former pro football player Terry Bradshaw, who is playing himself, are potential father figures to Wilson and Helms’ characters — who are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.

The brothers’ mother Helen Baxter (portrayed Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young. “I’m not sure who your father was,” she says in the first trailer for the film.

Ving Rhames, June Squibb, Katt Williams, and model Jessica Gomes — who plays the love interest of Wilson’s character — also star.

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Film News Roundup: Olivia Rodrigo Joins Skateboard Drama ‘Paved New World’

28 August 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Olivia Rodrigo of “Bizaardvark” joins “Paved New World,” Paramount Players makes its first hires, and PR vet Julia Jensen joins Warner Bros. Consumer Products.


Olivia Rodrigo, who stars in Disney’s “Bizaardvark,” has joined the coming-of-age skateboarder film “Paved New World,” Variety has learned exclusively.


Film News Roundup: Tony Gilroy Developing Thriller With ‘Harry Potter’ Producer

She will portray a free-spirited teenager in the film, which is set in ’90s and will feature YouTube stars Andy Schrock, Chad Tepper of Team 10, Josh Paler Lin, Claudia Lee, Tilky Jones, Kamil McFadden, Daniel Pinder, and Connor Weil.

Paved New World” is produced by Brad Krevoy, Morcano Garcia, and Anne Stimac. Alexander Garcia is directing from a script by Scott Marcano and Kip Koenig. Rodrigo is repped by the Michael Abrams Group and by Greene and Associates.

Executive Hires

Paramount Players has hired Ali Bell and Matt Dines as executive vice »

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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Horror Highlights: Exhumed Films’ 35mm Marathon, Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Godzilla Faq, Ghastlies, Mountain Fever

15 August 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.

Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!

Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema. »

- Tamika Jones

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Salma Hayek Reveals the Moment She Knew Donald Trump Would Be President

14 August 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Salma Hayek has never been afraid of voicing her opinions or stories about Donald Trump. From calling the then-Republican presidential candidate out on Twitter for confusing 9/11 with 7-Eleven to sharing her story of turning him down for a date.

“When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number. He got my number, and he would call me to invite me out,” Hayek told Radio Centro 93.9’s El Show del Mandril in Los Angeles, as reported by Buzzfeed.

Now, the actress is sharing her story on the moment »

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Transformers: screenwriter Akiva Goldsman leaves franchise

3 August 2017 11:02 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 4, 2017

Following The Last Knight, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is leaving the franchise, he reveals...

Long before its release, Transformers: The Last Knight was intended as a new stage in the franchise, with an entire universe of interlinking spin-offs planned for the next few years - one of them being a movie based on the Autobot, Bumblebee, due out in 2018.

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To this end, a writers room was established to help come up with this complex web of transforming robot movies, and Paramount chose Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) to head it up. When asked by Slash Film whether he was still leading the group, Goldsman simply replied that he wasn't. 

Elsewhere, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura adds that the Transformers writers room was "set up to explore the mythology more" in The Last Knight - which basically meant »

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Harold Ramis’ daughter on the possibility of a CGI Egon in Ghostbusters 3

31 July 2017 2:29 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While it seemed that the passing of Harold Ramis in 2014 had put an end to any hope of a new Ghostbusters movie featuring the original cast, director Ivan Reitman teased the possibility of a new live-action feature last weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, as well as suggesting Ramis’ Egon Spengler could feature through the use of CGI.

During an interview with THR, Ramis’ daughter Violet Ramis Stiel discussed the possibility of her father being digitally created, as well as stating that it would have her blessing if done correctly:

“It’s bizarre,” said Ramis Stiel. “Personally, for me, it is hard to imagine that people would accept it, but who knows. The technology now is amazing. I try to think what would he have thought. If it’s great and it works, then good. And if there is a problem, then obviously no.”

It seems that we could be »

- Gary Collinson

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Interview, Audio: Abby Quinn, Gillian Robespierre & Elisabeth Holm of ‘Landline’

31 July 2017 5:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It takes a collaborative village to make a movie, and part of that collective came to Chicago to promote “Landline.” Director Gillian Robespierre, Co-Writer Elisabeth Holm and debut actress Abby Quinn were essential to the film, which is set in 1990s New York City and features Jenny Slate in the lead role.

Landline” refers to the 1990s period just before the tech/mobile phone boom and the loss of grit in urban New York City. Based on the growing-up experiences of Gillian Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm, the story is about transitions… Dana (Jenny Slate) to adulthood, the last days of being a teenager for her sister Ali (Abby Quinn) and the dissolution of their parent’s marriage (as portrayed by Edie Falco and John Turturro). It has a bit of a “slamming doors” edge to it, as misunderstandings and family connections blend into a very human story. Slate, »

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Harold Ramis' Daughter Addresses 'Ghostbusters 3' Possibly Including a CG Egon

24 July 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ivan Reitman made headlines over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, where the producer/director said there may be another live action Ghostbusters down the road. 

Reitman made the comment while discussing possible projects in a panel related to the beloved franchise, which included "wonderful plans for an animated feature that we're deep in design on already and a really great story ... And of course a new live-action film. I am not giving any more secrets," he said. 

Screen Rant reported that Reitman was asked during the panel if any consideration was given to creating a CG version of any »

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