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‘Jersey Boys’ movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (photo: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in ‘Jersey Boys’) Clint Eastwood’s semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit 2005 Broadway musical — and it is a crushing bore. But we shall start with the positive: In Eastwood’s film, the music and the performances of the music (which are not the same thing) are great. That is to be expected, as the Jersey Boys movie cast is mostly composed from cast members of the stage show, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who happens to look a lot like Frankie Valli and who has a four-plus octave range. Lucky boy. Lloyd Young is also a serviceable actor with a number of (mostly stage) credits that did not require a piercing falsetto. »
- Tim Cogshell
Film Life, Inc. has announced its lineup of the highly lauded Abff University Master Class Series to be held during the 18th annual American Black Film Festival (Abff) in New York City on June 19-22, 2014. Aspiring writers, actors and filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in intense workshops led by highly respected film industry leaders and experts such as actor, writer, director Robert Townsend and actor, director, producer Bill Duke.This year’s Master Class lineup includes, “Bill Duke's Actors Boot Camp,” one of the Festival’s most anticipated, is a 2-day scene study program where performance and the craft of acting is shaped through hands on »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“Max Steel” Unveils Its Lead Actors, Ben Winchell, Ana VILLAFAÑE Dolphin Films International, Mattel, Im Global Announce “Max Steel” International Distribution Rights to be Sold at European Film Market
Hollywood – Feb. 6, 2014 – Dolphin Films announced today that Ben Winchell (Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm,” “Necessary Roughness”) and Ana Villafañe (“Hiding,” “Los Americans”) have signed on to play the signature roles of Max McGrath™ and Sydney Gardner in “Max Steel,” the highly anticipated, live-action franchise feature film based on Mattel’s popular superhero property of the same name.
“Max Steel,” which is being produced by Dolphin Films and Mattel, is slated for a wide theatrical release by Open Road Films domestically and Im Global internationally in 2015. It’s being penned by Marvel Studios veteran Christopher Yost (“Thor: The Dark World”) and directed by award-winning director Stewart Hendler (“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” “H+”).
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce »
- Jess Orso
Variety chief film critic Justin Chang was also honored by the org with its inaugural Roger Ebert Award.
Top film kudos went to slavery drama “12 Years a Slave,” with “Frozen,” “Fruitvale Station,” docu “American Promise” and “Mother of George” also receiving awards. Acting nods were presented to Sandra Bullock, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Oprah Winfrey.
Aafca, founded in 2003, recognizes films with universal appeal to the African-American community and also honors the work of filmmakers and actors of African descent.
The event, held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, marked the formal presentation of the awards after the winners were announced on Dec. 18. In addition to honoring the actors and films selected by the Aafca, the org also presented special achievement »
- Andrea Seikaly
In what reads like a hilariously grand idea, I've learned that veteran actress Jenifer Lewis, will star in and executive produce Ventura Boulevard, which Debbie Allen (also an industry veteran) is attached to direct, from a script penned by Mark Alton Brown and Dee Laduke, the same writing team behind Lewis' cult classic, Jackie’s Back! - the 1999 comedy directed by Robert Townsend, which chronicles the life and career of an R&B diva, who, after several years of toiling away in obscurity, decides to organize a comeback.Ventura Boulevard is described as a darkly comedic homage to the 1950 Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard, starring Lewis as a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine, a fancy New Yorker whose late husband was one of those finance scumbags who swindled people. Left high and dry, she heads to Sf to impose upon her sweet sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who's got her own problems to deal with.
Why We're In: This Woody Allen flick is getting rave reviews, nominations, and awards out the wazoo, so if you haven't seen it yet, get cracking.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
Why We're In: Because it's winter and you need a laugh, and because this Criterion edition is restored, extended, and spiffed up in all the right ways. »
- Jenni Miller
6 items from 2014
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