12 items from 2015
Park City - It would be wrong to pigeonhole Jason Segel as simply a comedic actor. Whether playing the romantically scorned Nick in "Freaks and Geeks" (or Peter in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), the psychotically romantically scorned Eric on "Undeclared," the romantic but, in a key arc, grieving Marshall on "How I Met Your Mother," Segel has always been able to infuse his clowns with a grounding of real pain or disappointment or passion. But thinking back over Segel's resume, it was hard to point to any role that indicated Segel might be a chameleon. He's always come across as too large in stature, too modern in tone to be invited to do period films or biopics or really any kind of project skewed towards the dramatic. I'd never have described Segel as limited in his acting range, but whether by his choice or Hollywood's perception of him, Segel's CV was »
- Daniel Fienberg
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Ahead of its premiere in March, A&E has released the first trailer for The Returned, a remake of the French TV series Les Revenants, which we have for you below along with a batch of promotional images from the show…
The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.
The Returned premieres on March 9th and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Pellegrino (Lost) , Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards), Agnes Bruckner (24), Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Tandi Wright »
- Gary Collinson
Feeling a bit of deja vu at the moment. I'm not categorically against remakes - the new "Poltergeist," for example, is one of my most anticipated horror films of 2015 - but I'm not interested in those that fail to put a new spin on old material. Needless to say, then, I'm not particularly encouraged by the first promo for A&E's "The Returned" (watch above), an English-language remake of the excellent French series "Les Revenants." No joke: this literally looks like the exact same show. You want examples? I've got plenty, from the near-identical Simons... To the fateful bus accident... To the emotional confrontation between sisters... To this reflective shot... To Lena's decaying flesh... To the creepy kid drawings... Etc., etc. (Believe me, there are more.) All of which begs the question: was this remake of an already-excellent series really necessary? To make the concept more palatable for subtitle-averse American viewers, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Screen Media president Suzanne Blech will give the movie a day-and-date release in theaters and VOD this year before the film becomes available on Netflix.
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Hannah (Connelly) and Tahir (Mackie »
- Jeff Sneider
A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
Directed by Edgar Wright
UK, USA, Japan 2010
When the film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim was released in 2010, it was like an explosion of colour and two-tone jingles. To the casual eye, the film is a classic – albeit awkward – love story between Scott (Michael Cera), a loveable loser, and the intriguing yet aloof Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). In order to date her, Scott has to defeat the League of Evil Exes - Ramona’s exes. All seven of them.
Scott Pilgrim’s overindulgence of video game references – both retro and lesser-known – not only places the film in a different league to the conventional comic-book/video-game film adaptation, but its distinctive blend of styles manages to bridge the generation gap, widening its appeal.
When we talk about arcade games, the memories of tiny joysticks, frantic shuffling in pockets for »
- Katie Wong
Accompanying the premiere of Bates Motel’s third season will be the series premiere of the also-Carlton Cuse-produced, The Returned. The Returned is an English-language take on Fabrice Gobert’s acclaimed French series of the same name (itself inspired by 2004 French film They Came Back), starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino, and Jeremy Sisto. The series, “focuses…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Starting in March, A&E has set up a Monday night of Carlton Cuse-produced spins on genre favorites. A&E announced on Friday (January 9) morning that "Bates Motel" will return for its third season on Monday, March 9 at 9 p.m. "Bates Motel" will be followed by the first season of A&E's remake of "The Returned," which A&E hopes will do better than last spring's short-lived "Bates" lead-out "Those That Kill." "Bates Motel" is, of course, a semi-prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," while "The Returned" is a very literal English-language take on SundanceTV's acclaimed French zombie-kinda drama "Les Revenants." While both dramas feature "Lost" veteran Carlton Cuse as executive producer, it's worth noting that Raelle Tucker ("True Blood") is running the show on "The Returned," while Kerry Ehrin is steering "Bates Motel." The "Returned" ensemble includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, India Ennenga, Sophie Lowe, »
- Daniel Fienberg
“The Returned,” executive produced by “Bates Motel” Ep Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), is based on an Emmy-award winning French series, which was adapted by Fabrice Gobert from feature film, “Les Revenants,” directed by Robin Campillo.
Also Read: ‘Resurrection’ Producer: ‘We’ve Never Watched’ France’s ‘The Returned’
The series focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead, suddenly reappear. Their »
- Greg Gilman
Make your reservations now: Bates Motel will reopen its doors for Season 3 on Monday, March 9 at 9/8c, A&E announced Friday.
Per the network, Bates‘ third season focuses on “the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche.”
As for Mama Bates, she’ll be extra wary of her son as he becomes more and more of a — dare we say it? — psycho.
One of the most disappointing realities about 2014 was that as box office shrank compared to last year, independent films were often hit the hardest. Despite stellar reviews, even festival darlings like “Whiplash,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Skeleton Twins” and “Dear White People” each grossed less than $10 million domestically. Here are the 17 most underrated movies of 2014 that deserve a second look in the opinion of Variety’s film critics and reporters.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s biggest, most buzzed-about performance of 2014 may have been in “Nightcrawler,” but his best work could be found in “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve’s existential thriller about a mild-mannerded Toronto history professor who discovers he has a doppelganger in the form of a bad-boy bit-part movie actor. Virtually a solo — make that dual — performance piece, with Gyllenhaal playing most of his scenes opposite himself (and, in one case, a giant tarantula), this freewheeling mash-up of Davids Cronenberg and Lynch »
- Peter Debruge, Ramin Setoodeh, Scott Foundas and Jenelle Riley
12 items from 2015
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