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Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 22, “The Pontiac”
Written by Jason Katims
Directed by Lawrence Trilling
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Haddie comes home, Sarah comes to her senses, and Zeek and Camille dance
Parenthood has had an uneven season. After starting the year out promisingly, odd and unexamined character choices started to take over the show, leaving the audience to connect the dots to understand the extreme reactions (or lack of reactions) demonstrated by several characters. Joel, swamped at work (except when he isn’t), reacts poorly to Julia’s indiscretion and leaves. Hank’s back, but he’s not with Sarah, and no one knows why. Kristina runs for mayor, because remission? , and Adam, inspired by her, convinces Crosby to start their own label. Several of these storylines overstayed their welcome, stretched too thinly over the 22-episode season, but fortunately the finale draws more »
- Kate Kulzick
Before the Live Read began, Reitman made an announcement that someone very special was in the packed 600-seat Bing Theatre. It was none other than the original screenwriter of “The Graduate,” Buck Henry. When he stood to say hello, the entire theater gave him a standing ovation.
But there were more surprises in store.
Unlike previous Live Reads, such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Groundhog Day,” Reitman hadn’t announced all of the event’s participants, so it remained a mystery who would be playing the iconic roles of Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson. Reitman called the readers one by one to take their seats/roles.
- Francesca Bacardi
Even though I knew it was coming, losing the Braverman house hurts, guys. It hurts bad. Let’s be honest: Next to Joel, it was arguably my favorite thing about this show. Okay, that’s taking it too far, but I am going to miss that beautiful house for a number of reasons, and I didn’t even grow up there!
That being said, losing the house was not the thing that made me cry the hardest in this episode. Nope, that award (not surprisingly) goes to Mae Whitman and Matt Lauria. At the hospital, we finally got to meet Ryan’s mother, »
- Samantha Highfill
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 21, “I’m Still Here”
Written by Ian Deichtman and Kristin Rusk Robinson
Directed by Scott Schaeffer
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Kristina visits Gwen, Crosby is pitiful, and Sarah opens up
After months of stalling, last week’s “Cold Feet” jumpstarted all of the series’ stagnating season-long arcs, finally giving the show a bit of momentum. Thankfully that continues this week, with each of the threads not only progressed, but examined in a way they haven’t been for much of the season. Yes it’s easy to infer that Kristina’s impulsiveness this year stems from her cancer scare and exposure to the harsh impartiality and unpredictability of death, and we’ve seen a handful of scenes on this topic over the course of the season. But while there’s plenty to be said for letting the audience read between the lines, »
- Kate Kulzick
Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz also voice characters in the R-rated feature which is aiming for a 2015 release. [Source: Moviehole]
Larson plays Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her five-year-old son Jack. To the boy, the room is the only world there is. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
actually there's only 15 links... 15 link street. Lots of reads for you today, here and elsewhere
The Film Doctor nostalgia in the Smithsonian. Notes on Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Wrap Matt Damon planning to go solo on Mars in the sci-fi thriller The Martian about an astronaut marooned there. Remember when Matt got lost in the desert in Gerry? That was intense. I'm so ready for Matt to impress me again but honestly he's been a little dull onscreen of late. Needs a role that will shake him up.
Cinema Blend 22 Jump Street gets a final red band trailer
- NATHANIEL R
Dressed up in eye-catching CGI, Disney's iconic fairy gets her first big-screen outing after much DVD success. During the fairies' visit to summery England, Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) drifts away from her friends after meeting a human for the first time - lonely country girl Lizzy (Lauren Mote). They develop a special bond but her concerned fellow fairies organise a daring rescue. »
• Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is set to star as Ma in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 best-seller Room about a kidnapped woman living in captivity with her 5-year-old son. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.” [Deadline]
• Matt Damon is being eyed to star in The Martian, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The project is based on Kody Keplinger's book, which follows a 17-year-old girl (Mae Whitman) who must deal with the stigma of becoming the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (The D.U.F.F.) in her group of friends. She teams up with other D.U.F.F.'s to take down their school's nefarious leader, Madison.
Ari Sandel, who won an Oscar in 2006 for his short film West Bank Story, is directing from a script by Josh A. Cagan (Bandslam). McG is producing through his Wonderland Sound and Vision company, alongside Mary Viola and Lane Shefter Bishop. Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Atlanta.
School can be a tough time for many people – especially if you’re in a Us high school film and not among the popular crowd. Arrested Development/Scott Pilgrim’s Mae Whitman is about to have that experience, entering negotiations to star in The D.U.F.F.Adapted from Kody Keplinger’s coming of age tome by Josh A. Cagan, The D.U.F.F. focuses on a high school senior who has her world rocked when she learns that she has been labelled the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, the one who never quite matches up to her prettier, more popular pals.In a drive to combat this obnoxious stereotype, she kicks off an attempt and re-invention, and leads her fellow D.U.F.F.s in a campaign to challenge the school’s chilly evil queen. Evil in this case being the smug, self-satisfied leader of the popular set, not an »
The story is centered on a high school senior whose world is turned upside down hen she learns that she has been labeled her group of friend’s Duff (designated ugly fat friend) a sidekick to her prettier more popular friends. She becomes determined to reinvent herself — and enlist her fellow DUFFs — in a scheme to overthrow the school’s evil queen.
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
The Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection is another of those set releases that is the best and worst of all possible worlds. Serious fans are going to be happy to get collectible postcards, and a “personal letter from Nicholas Sparks,” but they already own the movies, and the discs don’t have any new bonuses.
On the other hand, if you don’t already own the movies (or only have one or two), this is a great collection to bring them all home at once. While there aren’t new bonuses, and the films aren’t remastered, or otherwise jazzed up with new treatments, most of the films include some solid bonuses anyway, and even the aging Message in a Bottle looks pretty good.
The Collection includes:
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- Marc Eastman
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Can Ron Burgundy and his team up their game to take on the 24-hour news cycle? Will they take a bite out of the Big Apple or choke? Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate return for more unclassy antics.
Why We're In: Anyone who's watched a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay film knows that the alternate and extended scenes are endlessly watchable. That goes double for "Anchorman 2," which was initially released as a PG-13 film and later upgraded to a "super-sized R."
Exclusive: Watch a scene from "Super-Sized R-Rated" Version of "Anchorman 2" (Video)
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- moviefone (@moviefone) March 31, 2014
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? A »
- Jenni Miller
Directed by Peggy Holmes
I’m not typically fond of reviews in which the writer says, in effect, “This movie wasn’t made for me,” mostly because it seems like a way in which to award something a potentially undeserved free pass. This claim frequently crops up in reviews of family films or animation that’s targeted at kids before adults. Really, the problem stems from an attitude at places like the Walt Disney Company, where executives presume that appealing to everyone matters less if you can focus entirely on a subset of people. The best that Disney animation has to offer (though this applies to animation and family films from any studio) aims to please everyone, not just little boys or little girls. I don’t mean to suggest that saying Movie X wasn’t made for you (the general “you”) is always false or inaccurate, »
- Josh Spiegel
With a star-studded adapation of his bestseller The Fault In Our Stars, about the unusual romance between two teen cancer patients, primed to light up the box office this June, it’s safe to say that novelist John Green is having a pretty phenomenal 2014. Today, Green got even more great news, with Fox 2000′s announcement that the studio has picked up his book Paper Towns and plans to reteam with The Fault In Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, and co-star Nat Wolff, for the adaptation.
Considering how well The Fault In Our Stars is tracking (its first trailer broke 3 million views in less than 24 hours), Fox 2000′s enthusiasm in extending its working relationship with Green doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Paper Towns is widely considered to be one of his best works, so fan anticipation is already high for the adaptation. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Featuring the first six episodes from the second season of Nickelodeon’s CGI-animated hit series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 2 Volume 1 sees the gang face new perils including robot foot soldiers, an infestation of mutated squirrels and the ultimate threat: Mutagen Man! Episodes on this DVD include The Mutation Situation, Follow the Leader, Invasion of the Squirrelanoids, Mutagen Man Unleashed and Mickey Gets Shallacne.
It was a year ago that I reviewed the first volume of the new iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a the time I had concerns about the new CGI design of the Turtles, mostly because it was the greatest departure from the original hand-drawn animation to have ever appeared on TV. I was used to a more »
- Phil Wheat
You have every right to be skeptical.
Starting in 1994, with the release of "The Return of Jafar" -- a direct-to-video sequel to "Aladdin" that auspiciously did not feature the vocal talents of Robin Williams -- Disney, under the increasingly pushy leadership of Michael Eisner, put out a steady stream of direct-to-video sequels, spin-offs, and alternate versions that did nothing to actually strengthen their respective brands. Instead, the endless sequels wore down consumers who were used to quality productions from Disney and not, say, "Cinderella III: A Stitch in Time." Because, of course, the one thing missing from the original "Cinderella" was "Back to the Future II"-style time travel.
When Disney absorbed Pixar and put Pixar executive John Lasseter and Ed Catmull in charge of the creative side of the company, that meant that the company's approach to the direct-to-home video product also changed. Planned sequels to "The Aristocats" and »
- Drew Taylor
"Tonight, is for Harold Ramis," Jason Reitman declared upon taking the stage at yesterday's Film Independent at Lacma Live Read. Reitman, whose father Ivan Reitman, collaborated with Ramis on "Animal House" and the "Ghostbusters" films, chose an earlier draft of the "Groundhog Day" script for the performance -- a much darker draft in which Bill Murray’s character, Phil, actively counts the number of times he has re-lived February 2, Groundhog Day.As previously announced via Reitman's Twitter, the roles of Phil and Rita were performed by Jason Bateman and Elizabeth Reaser, while Jeff Ross and Mae Whitman provided the voices for Wpbh-TV9 cameraman Larry, Nancy Taylor and a host of other supporting characters.Stephen Tobolowsky's participation, however, came as a pleasant surprise. Tobolowsky, who originated the role of "Needlenose" Ned Ryerson, reprised his role onstage for last night's live read with just as much gusto as ever. His initial »
- Shipra Gupta
Film Independent at Lacma’s Live Read performances are always special – cold recitations of classic screenplays, the readings are never rehearsed, recorded, or repeated. But Thursday night’s live read of the existentialist comedy “Groundhog Day,” directed and co-written by the late Harold Ramis, had a particularly special, melancholy tinge.
After a short introduction from Film Independent at Lacma curator Elvis Mitchell, who called the pic “the closest we’ve come to having a Frank Capra film for the modern era,” director and series creator Jason Reitman spoke of his admiration for Ramis, who collaborated with his father Ivan Reitman on five projects.
“I was 12 days old on the set of ‘Animal House,’” Reitman recalled. “Think about that.”
Following his brief remarks, Reitman introduced the night’s cast, which included Jason Bateman in Bill Murray’s Phil Connors role, Elizabeth Reaser as Andie MacDowell’s Rita, Jeff Ross as Chris Elliott’s Larry, »
- Andrew Barker
From the world of “Peter Pan” comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities.
When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship.
Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself.
With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, The Pirate Fairy sets sail April 1, 2014.
- Movie Geeks
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