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Production will kick off in New York in September. Plot details remain under wraps.
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Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.” The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… »
Noah Baumbach found the best limited debut of his career with "While We're Young" this weekend, which pulled in $242,152 from just 4 theaters to average a fantastic $60,538. That's by far the best average of 2015 so far, and tops the $40,517 average of Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding" to become his strongest ever. "While We're Young" stars Baumbach regular Ben Stiller alongside Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Stiller and Watts play a couple in their 40s who begin hanging out with a pair of twentysomethings (Driver and Seyfried). "The generational comedy, buoyed by strong reviews, excellent performances by the ensemble cast, along with the movie's ability to provide hilarious insight, strikes a chord for audiences of all ages," A24's Heath Shaprio said. "The box office increase from Friday to Saturday was very strong, and had several sellouts throughout the weekend in both NY and La." "While We're »
- Peter Knegt
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Octavia Spencer for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, working with the great cast, how director Robert Schwentke likes meat and cigars, voicing a character in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, director Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Rings, the third instalment of the horror franchise, continues the story of the cursed video tape.
Watch a trailer for The Ring below: »
Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers watched the Wisconsin Badgers play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at La's Staples Center on Thursday night. The pair seemed completely engrossed and even a little bit nervous as they watched the action unfold. In other fun moments this week, Katy Perry snapped selfies with fans, Venus and Serena Williams balanced their sibling rivalry with smiles, Will Ferrell had an adorable moment with his wife and kids, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber watched tennis in style. Keep reading to see how stars spent the week. »
New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and now "While We're Young," which debuted at Toronto 2014. Stiller plays Josh, a blocked and earnest documentary filmmaker stuck in a dead-end career and a tired childless marriage to Cornelia (Naomi Watts). The duo meet and become briefly infatuated by another couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who »
- Anne Thompson
Deadline is reporting that Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar) has found his newest project. The Oscar winner is set for the starring role in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, an adaptation of author Benjamin Wallace’s non-fiction bestseller from Sony Pictures.
First published in 2008, the official synopsis for the book is as follows:
In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie’s of London, a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux—unearthed in a Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was Hardy Rodenstock, a pop-band manager turned wine collector with a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn’t Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret? Pursuing the »
- Scott J. Davis
Sometimes the soundtrack to a Noah Baumbach movie can be more exciting than the film itself. He, like his contemporaries Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, is obsessive about making sure the music in his films carries the story. This is especially true of While We're Young, his new film about 40-somethings who realize the stuff of their childhood is now considered "vintage," starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, and Ad-Rock. The music in While We're Young is some of the most eclectic you'll hear on any Baumbach soundtrack, as it pits the old against the new — what was kind of lame then, but totally cool now. Baumbach reunited with LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy to put the soundtrack together, and on an unseasonably cold spring day in New York, he told Vulture about the prized possessions in his personal collection, and what movie soundtrack makes him cry. »
- Lauretta Charlton
Ahead of its UK release on April 3rd, we’ve got a video interview with writer-director Noah Baumbach, as he discusses his latest film While We’re Young starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts; check it out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the trailer for While We’re Young Here
Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) enters their lives.
While We’re Young opens in the UK on April 3rd.
- Gary Collinson
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Shailene Woodley for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, deleted scenes, collaborating with Schwentke and bigger scope of the sequel, working with Oliver Stone on Snowden with Joseph Gordon-levitt, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. Here’s Woodley followed by bullet points of what we talked about. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It might seem premature for filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his screen alter-ego Ben Stiller to be having a mid-life crisis, along with wife Naomi Watts, but the situation is explored with empathy and wit in While We’re Young. Although the finished product is a bit lumpy it still represents an individual voice and point of view, within the framework of a contemporary comedy infused with the Woody Allen-ish flavor of New York City. Stiller plays a egotistic documentary filmmaker who’s been stalled on his latest project for a decade. His mostly-happy marriage to Watts is shadowed by the fact that they’ve given up on having children after several failed attempts. Now, as their friends...
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- Leonard Maltin
At this time 12 months ago, Naomi Watts was coming off back to back indie misfires "Diana" (possibly one of the worst choices of her career) and "Adore." Sadly, the sheen of her second Oscar nomination for the global smash "The Impossible" only a year earlier was starting to fade. What a difference a year makes. Watts earned a surprise Supporting Actress nomination at the SAG Awards for the indie hit "St. Vincent" in December. The following month she took home her first SAG statue as part of the ensemble for Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," one of many ensemble honors she earned for the critically acclaimed drama. In February she took the stage with Iñárritu and her co-stars to celebrate "Birdman's" Best Picture win at the Academy Awards (the first Best Picture on her resume). And there's more! Last weekend she joined the "Divergent" franchise and "Insurgent's" $52.2 million debut »
- Gregory Ellwood
He will oversee marketing for the company, which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the United States along with Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert.
Gargotta stepped down in July as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising in one of a long line of departures at the Culver City lot. During 13 years at Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for “The Da Vinci Code,” “Salt,” the “Jump Street” movies, “American Hustle” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, along with the ad materials for the last three James Bond titles — “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”
He previously worked at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Trailer Park Inc.
- Dave McNary
On my way to the While We’re Young press day to talk to Amanda Seyfried I checked my Timehop app and it told me that exactly five years ago to the day, I ran my very first interview with her for the movie Chloe. That certainly made for a sobering reminder of how long I’ve been at it, but perhaps it’s kind of appropriate to walk into an interview for a movie like this with that in mind. The film stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a happy couple who suddenly realize that something is missing. Their best friends are gearing up to have a baby, but instead of supporting them, they become infatuated with a younger couple, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Seyfried). They’re fun-loving, easy going, and Josh and Cornelia find their care-free lifestyle invigorating. During my interview with Seyfried »
- Perri Nemiroff
In While We're Young, Seyfried plays one half of a young, hip couple who enter the lives of an older, set-in-their-ways pair (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) and inject some energy into their lives. Whether or not the longterm effects of this newfound friendship are positive you'll have to see for yourself. Seyfried's character, Darby, is the kind of millennial-flower child you'll often find in Brooklyn; she makes her own ice cream and owns a pet chicken, as if she's making a farm out of her »
- Eric Walkuski
It's a style showdown between three A-list actresses! Sandra Bullock stepped out after one fashionable workout in Los Angeles, sporting Vie Active's black leopard Rockell elite compression tights. She paired the designer fitness duds with a black rain jacket. black and pink sneakers, a slouchy beanie and aviator sunnies. But, the "Gravity" star isn't the only fit celeb to rock these leggings! Sofia Vergara put her killer curves on display in the printed pants, adding her own spin with a black top, multi-colored trainers and a neutral tote. The "Modern Family" stunner effortlessly took her F3 sweat- wicking workout gear from the gym to the street. Meanwhile, Naomi Watts wore her favorite workout tights with a black sweater, color-coordinated shoes and dark wayfarer shades. All three women looked fantastic in the show-stopping threads, but we have to give the nod to Sofia. It's hard to compete with that enviable bod! »
- tooFab Staff
<< Continued from "Forecast: 'Get Hard,' 'Home' Could Be in Tight Race This Weekend"Playing at 3,708 locations, Home is the 31st feature-length movie from DreamWorks Animation, and their sixth under their distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Their first title together was The Croods, which was a hit with $187.2 million. Since then, though, the track record at the domestic box office has been spotty at best. Turbo was a flop with $83 million, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman disappointed with $111.5 million. Last Summer, the second How to Train Your Dragon wound up earning 19 percent less than its predecessor. That drop paled in comparison to Penguins of Madagascar, which was off a whopping 62 percent from the previous movie in that franchise. After that miss, DreamWorks opted to reshape their upcoming lineup: they dropped from three to two movies per year, and are only releasing a single movie (Home) in 2015. Will Home return »
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There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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