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20 items from 2012


Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2012, Part Two

27 December 2012 1:47 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Hot on the heels of the wondrous 10 Most Overlooked Films of 2012 and the illustrious first look at The 10 Best Films of 2012 comes “The 10 Best Films of 2012, Part Two,” as rendered by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

The best films of 2012 are a mixed bag, but there was incredible experiences in all of them, brought forth from a mix of old veterans, new voices and even debut filmmakers. There is less of the end-of-the-world theme of 2011 as if the end is near, let’s have a celebration. It continues to amaze me, now in my fifth year as a professional film critic, that the creative landscape continues to astound the senses and deliver the goods.

Of course there are several films that could have occupied the 10th spot on the list. They include the 2011 stragglers – “We Have a Pope” and “Footnote.” The notable documentaries – “The Central Park Five,” “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” and “Samsara. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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This Must Be The Place – The Review

20 November 2012 8:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

There’s something slightly off-kilter about This Must Be The Place – and it’s not just the heavy mascara that the film’s star Sean Penn wears throughout as Cheyenne, a former glam-rock superstar turned Nazi hunter. This Must Be The Place is not an easy movie to categorize. Is it a road movie, a revenge tale, an allegory, a vision quest? Undeniably it’s an original; an enjoyably quirky comedy-drama that never really goes anywhere but is an absorbing journey nonetheless.

At 50, Cheyenne still dresses ‘Goth’ and lives in a mansion in Dublin off his royalties with his supportive wife of 34 years (Frances Mcdormand). He moves haltingly, as if lost and seems to be suffering from depression. The death of his father, with whom he wasn’t on speaking terms, brings him home to New York where he discovers that the old man had an obsession: to seek revenge »

- Tom Stockman

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Film Review: Strange, Beguiling Sean Penn in ‘This Must Be the Place’

17 November 2012 11:10 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Sean Penn picks his roles carefully, and famously said he didn’t know what the story meant in “Tree of Life.” His attachment to “This Must Be the Place” continues the vague journey through movieland, as he plays a bizarre and aging rock star whose life is about to get interesting.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This movie doesn’t make a lot of sense – at a lot of points – but it does push the envelope as far as deconstructing narrative and opening up some scenic vistas. It is a reminder of Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Passenger,” and somehow manages to be as vague as that famously soft storyline. Penn’s performance is exasperating, it’s bothersome from beginning to nearly the end, but damn if he doesn’t reel us in…again. His attention to character is stunning, the ticks and turns of his older rock star persona has many bad decisions, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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This Must Be the Place | Review

31 October 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

But I Guess I’m Already There: Why is Sorrentino’s Strange, Offbeat English Language Debut…?

The promising combination of Italian master Paolo Sorrentino’s English language debut toplined by American acting icon Sean Penn as an aging Goth musician turned Nazi hunter seems too deliriously good to be true. And, as a cohesively entertaining film, that’s mostly true. One only has to look at the film’s marketing campaign to see how buzz about the film has been ratcheted solely by use of Penn’s costume inspiring visage, resembling a plucked scarecrow recycled for one too many harvests. This is the blessing and the curse of Sorrentino’s bizarre exercise, This Must Be The Place, thus named after the Talking Heads tune, a film that manages to give us a humorous and amusing performance from Penn, who dominates every frame, but resists blending successfully with the rest of the narrative. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Casting: Jones, Fuhrman, McGregor, Remar

14 September 2012 4:24 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Perch

Ashley Jones ("True Blood") has been cast in Charles Haines' indie family drama "Angel's Perch." J.T. Arbogast penned the script which focuses on a young man returning home to care for his grandmother when she is afflicted by Alzheimer's.

Jones will play a childhood friend who is not afraid to make him confront his past and move on. Ally Walker, Joyce Van Patten and Elizabeth Hower will also star and shooting kicks off next week in West Virginia. [Source: Variety]

The Wilderness of James

Isabelle Fuhrman ("The Hunger Games," "Orphan") will replace Chloe Moretz in Michael Johnson's indie coming of age tale "The Wilderness Of James". Shooting is scheduled to begin next month

The story follows a young boy dealing with absence of his father. Moretz had to drop out due to her shooting commitments on "Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall". [Source: Deadline]

August: Osage County

Ewan McGregor has joined the »

- Garth Franklin

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[First Look] Edward Burns’ ‘Fitzgerald Family Christmas,’ Picked Up By Tribeca Films For November Release

5 September 2012 12:01 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After not only appearing in Friends with Kids, Man on a Ledge and the upcoming Alex Cross, the prolific Edward Burns has already churned out another feature. His next family drama, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, is set to premiere at Tiff and has just announced acquisition today.

Tribeca Film have picked up the film, which stars The Brothers McMullen leads Connie Britton and Michael McGlone. The distributor plans to get the film out on VOD late-November following success of Burns’ last feature on the format, Newlyweds. Check out the first stills above and below, along with a synopsis for the film also starring Kerry Bishé, Heather Burns, Brian D’Arcy James, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Dara Coleman, Noah Emmerich, Caitlin FitzGerald, Anita Gillette, Tom Guiry, Ed Lauter, Malachy McCourt, Daniella Pineda, Nick Sandow, John Solo, Joyce Van Patten and Burns himself.

Synopsis:

With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Best Movie Ever? "The Bad News Bears"

30 May 2012 7:52 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Guys, I swear I don’t care about baseball. I know I threw A League of Their Own at you last week, and I even made a case for America’s National Pastime as some sort of A&W-flavored throwback treat. But while we’re still lingering in May, I have one more curve ball to hurl: The Bad News Bears is a wicked, hilarious movie worth the vast space in our brains we reserve for nostalgia. And get this? It has a special gay appeal that I’ll get to in a bit.

The movie centers on a bunch of ragtag, nearly worthless kids who, with their cantankerous coach Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau), become competent baseball players with a chance to win a Little League title. I say it’s a worthy candidate for “Best Movie Ever” because it’s rowdy, real, and a sailormouthed examination of sporting pettiness. »

- virtel

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The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975)

23 March 2012 12:04 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Dean Hargrove

Written by: Dean Hargrove, Gabriel Dell

Cast: Gabriel Dell, Will Geer, Anjanette Comer, Joyce Van Patten, Vincent Gardenia, Barbara Harris, Jackie Coogan, Huntz Hill

For movie fans of all genres, Mod (Made on Demand) DVDs are both a blessing and a curse. While it's true DVD-r technology makes it possible for collectors to own a physical copy of movies that wouldn't otherwise warrant a full-scale release, it also allows the studios to sell any film hiding in the corner of a film vault. And that would be fine if it wasn’t for the premium price tag attached to the finished product.

Taking a risk by purchasing an unknown film can be costly, as you might be buying a film better suited for a Walmart dump bin, which is where The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery belongs. Despite the script's best intentions, and a cast filled »

- Chris McMillan

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Kat Von D (Photos) Birthday Girl Celebrates Number 30, Barbie is 53!

9 March 2012 10:25 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Tattoo artist Kat Von D is due a belated happy birthday, the famously inked brunette turned 30 on Thursday. On Friday, everyone's favorite disproportional little blonde doll looks as good as ever at 53 years old, Barbie is more expensive now, but still a very popular toy and her 'birthday' is today. On this day in 1959, the blonde-haired doll made was thrust into the hands of excited little girls everywhere in the Us. Famous birthdays for March 8... Kat Von D (30) (more pictures above and below) James Van Der Beek (35) Chingy (32) Nick Zano (34) Freddie Prinze Jr. (36) Hines Ward (36) Boris Kodjoe (39) Kathy Ireland (49) Camryn Manheim (51) Aidan Quinn (53) Lester Holt (53) Gary Numan (54) Carole Bayer Sager (65) Micky Dolenz (67) For March 9... Bow Wow (25) Brittany Snow (26) Chingy (32) Matthew Gray Gubler (32) Kerr Smith (40) Emmanuel Lewis (41) Shannon Leto (42) Juliette Binoche (48) Steve Wilkos (48) Barbie (53) Linda Fiorentino (54) Mark Mancina (55) Ornella Muti (57) Charles Gibson (69) Joyce Van Patten (78) (Images: WENN) »

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A fourth This Must Be The Place movie poster arrives

2 March 2012 5:20 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another poster for This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn. Weinstein Co distributes the dramedy helmed by Paol Sorrentino, who scripts with Umberto Contarello, with a supporting cast of Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. The film is produced by Francesca Cima, Andrea Occhipinti and Nicola Giuliano »

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A fourth This Must Be The Place movie poster arrives

2 March 2012 5:20 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another poster for This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn. Weinstein Co distributes the dramedy helmed by Paol Sorrentino, who scripts with Umberto Contarello, with a supporting cast of Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. The film is produced by Francesca Cima, Andrea Occhipinti and Nicola Giuliano »

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A fourth This Must Be The Place movie poster arrives

2 March 2012 5:20 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another poster for This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn. Weinstein Co distributes the dramedy helmed by Paol Sorrentino, who scripts with Umberto Contarello, with a supporting cast of Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. The film is produced by Francesca Cima, Andrea Occhipinti and Nicola Giuliano »

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DVD Playhouse--February 2012

25 February 2012 8:40 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—February 2012

By Allen Gardner

To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s landmark novel pits a liberal-minded lawyer (Gregory Peck) against a small Southern town’s racism when defending a black man (Brock Peters) on trumped-up rape charges. One of the 1960s’ first landmark films, a truly stirring human drama that hits all the right notes and isn’t dated a bit. Robert Duvall makes his screen debut (sans dialogue) as the enigmatic Boo Radley. DVD and Blu-ray double edition. Bonuses: Two feature-length documentaries: Fearful Symmetry and A Conversation with Gregory Peck; Featurettes; Excerpts and film clips from Gregory Peck’s Oscar acceptance speech and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Commentary by Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 2.0 mono.

Outrage: Way Of The Yakuza (Magnolia) After a brief hiatus from his signature oeuvre of Japanese gangster flicks, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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This Must Be The Place movie poster 3

20 February 2012 3:40 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Third poster for Paolo Sorrentino's This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. Weinstein Co release the comedy drama scripted by Umberto Contarello and Paolo Sorrentino to theaters in March. Also in the cast are Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. »

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This Must Be The Place movie poster 3

20 February 2012 3:40 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Third poster for Paolo Sorrentino's This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. Weinstein Co release the comedy drama scripted by Umberto Contarello and Paolo Sorrentino to theaters in March. Also in the cast are Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. »

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This Must Be The Place movie poster 3

20 February 2012 3:40 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Third poster for Paolo Sorrentino's This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. Weinstein Co release the comedy drama scripted by Umberto Contarello and Paolo Sorrentino to theaters in March. Also in the cast are Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. »

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This Must Be The Place movie clip

28 January 2012 8:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Clip from This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Francis McDormand. Weinstein Co's comedy drama helmed by Paulo Sorrentino, who scripts alongside Umberto Cantarello, debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten complete the main cast. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. »

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This Must Be The Place movie clip

28 January 2012 8:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Clip from This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Francis McDormand. Weinstein Co's comedy drama helmed by Paulo Sorrentino, who scripts alongside Umberto Cantarello, debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten complete the main cast. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. »

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This Must Be The Place movie clip

28 January 2012 8:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Clip from This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Francis McDormand. Weinstein Co's comedy drama helmed by Paulo Sorrentino, who scripts alongside Umberto Cantarello, debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton and Joyce Van Patten complete the main cast. Cheyenne is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. »

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Ae Movie Club: Tucci in a Towel, Best Screenplay Noms, Dancing Dujardin, and More!

27 January 2012 7:39 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Well hello! And welcome to the second installment of The Ae Movie Club, the best-looking gathering of film geeks since Timothy Olyphant squared off against Sarah Michelle Gellar in Scream 2.

First off, I'm So Excited by the response to last week's premiere column - it was wonderful to hear everyone's thoughts, opinions and tips on movies new and old. If you chimed in with a comment, keep your peepers peeled this week because I'm giving a few shout-outs along the way.

This week's big movie news was of course the Oscar nominations, so we'll start off with some Reviewlets of the nominated films. I'll direct you to some fun fan poster art, serve up some reheated beefcake courtesy of Jason Beghe (with an assist by Stanley Tucci), and ask you to join me once again in the Movie Confessional for another round of cinematic shame. There's a We Need to Talk About Kevin »

- brian

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