10 items from 2017
This week sees another comic book adaptation arrive at movie theatres, while the Lego Batman and Logan are still pulling audiences in at the multiplex. Ah, but this film is not another superhero slugfest (we’ll have three more of those from Marvel Studios, and two from Warner/DC by the year’s end). No this comes from the “upper classes” of illustrated narratives, those “serious and somber” graphic novels (kind of a “highfalutin'” moniker). Several prestige flicks have been based on such books, like The History Of Violence and The Road To Perdition (both earned Oscar noms). The “graphic artist” (hey, I’ll bet he’d prefer cartoonist) behind this new film is no stranger to cinema. Matter of fact, this is his third feature-length movie adaptation. The first was my personal favorite flick of 2001, the quirky Ghost World (no ectoplasmic apparitions, but a teenage Scarlett Johansson). Five years »
- Jim Batts
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
David Warshofsky has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely… »
Deal will mark FilmNation’s first foray into North American distribution.
The partnership marks FilmNation’s first foray into North American distribution.
The partners have also acquired rights for Australia and New Zealand and worked together as international sales agent and Us or North American distributor on Mr Holmes, All Is Lost, A Most Wanted Man and Mud.
The film is a Bron Studios/Killer Films production in association with Creative Wealth Media.
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The dramatic comedy of manners was written by Mike White and stars Salma Hayek as a health practitioner in Los Angeles who butts heads with a real estate developer, played by John Lithgow, at a dinner. The film co-stars Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny and David Warshofsky.
Roadside Attractions and FilmNation also acquired distribution rights for the film in Australia and New Zealand. Wme, CAA and UTA negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Miguel and Mike have assembled a cinematic dream team to tell the hilarious and unforgettable story of Beatriz,” Roadside’s Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff and FilmNation’s Glen Basner said in a joint statement. “Their collaborations include many of the great independent films of the last two decades. »
- Graham Winfrey
Roadside Attractions and FilmNation have acquired North American rights to Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz At Dinner.” Salma Hayek plays health practitioner Beatriz, who ends up at a dinner party opposite alpha male billionaire Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), leading to a night neither one will forget. The film, which premiered Monday in the Premiere Section at the Sundance Film Festival, also features Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, and David Warshofsky. “Miguel and Mike have assembled a cinematic dream team to tell the hilarious and unforgettable story of Beatriz,” Roadside’s Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff and FilmNation’s »
- Matt Pressberg
If you could sit face-to-face with Donald Trump, what would you say? Beatriz at Dinner doesn’t imagine exactly that, but the scenario it presents is undeniably analogous, even if the character crafted in Potus’ likeness is far less insecure and destructive to humanity. Presenting a clash of socio-economic classes and the ensuing discourse of morals and politics, the latest dramedy from Miguel Arteta is an observant, but not entirely successful outcry for the agency of the under-represented.
Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an animal lover whose roommates include dogs and goats, makes her modest living through the holistic treatment of massage and physical therapy. One of her clients, Cathy (Connie Britton), lives in the kind of luxurious Los Angeles mansion that has three entrances to make it to the main driveway. After treating her one afternoon, her car won’t start, so she calls a friend to pick her up, but »
- Jordan Raup
I’ve been coming to the Sundance Film Festival since 1995, and if you asked me to pick the most audacious film I’ve ever seen here, it would probably be “Chuck & Buck,” the thrillingly twisted — but humane! — arrested-development stalker love story written by Mike White and directed by Miguel Arteta. (White also starred in it.) It played here in 2000, and though other films grabbed bigger headlines, it was enough of a landmark that White and Arteta recognized what they’d brought out in each other and decided to team up again. Two years later, they were back with “The Good Girl,” a solid but much safer comedy (it starred Jennifer Aniston). Now, after 15 years, they’ve reunited for “Beatriz at Dinner,” a small-scale but elegantly deft squirmfest that features a luminous performance by Salma Hayek. It also has the distinction of being the first dramatic comedy that’s an explicit »
- Owen Gleiberman
"I'm just lucky I figured it out a long time ago: life is lonely, and miserable." Fox Searchlight has revealed a second official trailer for the indie comedy Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson as the character Wilson, from the director of The Skeleton Twins. This is premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival next week. Harrelson plays a "lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time." The cast includes Laura Dern (who looks awesome), Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, Shaun Brown, David Warshofsky and Isabella Amara. This looks fun, and oddly charming at the same time, and I'm looking forward to checking it out at Sundance soon. Enjoy. Here's the new green band (see the red band) trailer for Craig Johnson's Wilson, direct from YouTube: Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicking off Thursday, here’s the first clip to bow for Beatriz At Dinner, the Miguel Arteta-directed drama penned by Mike White. The pic has its world premiere in the Premieres section of the fest and its first public screening is January 23 at Park City’s Eccles Theatre. To match the writer-director cred, the cast is loaded too: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, Connie Britton, Amy Landecker, David Warshofsky and… »
10 items from 2017
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