6 items from 2015
Though the Bravermans love them some baseball, "Parenthood" never had a regular sports component like producer Jason Katims' previous NBC drama, "Friday Night Lights." Perhaps to make up for this, "Parenthood" fans added a competitive aspect to their viewing: trying to outdo their fellow fans over how much a given episode made them cry. It was really something to witness these past six seasons, as comments and tweets and messages would fill up the internet the night and morning after each new episode aired: fans boasting that, truly, their sobbing at Kristina's cancer, or sniffles over Max's struggles to fit in at school, or their weeping over Amber's weeping, was the most possible of anyone watching. Not even "Fnl" — that beautiful, ruthless tear-jerking machine — ever made its audience quite as intent on announcing the state of their tear ducts. While I never felt that competitive spirit myself, I »
- Alan Sepinwall
Bradley Cooper wants "movie actor" to be one of many business cards he carries in his wallet. In 2014, he showed off that ambition, shepherding "American Sniper" to the big screen as a producer and jumping to Broadway after developing his take on "Elephant Man." Now, as many Renaissance men and women do, he’s looking to direct, with the stars are aligning for his debut. Deadline reports that Cooper is in talks to helm 'Honeymoon With Harry,' a movie he was slated to to star in alongside his "Limitless" costar Robert De Niro. The plan is still to star, pulling double duty on a script by Dan Fogelman ("Crazy Stupid Love"). According to an earlier report from Deadline, "Honeymoon with Harry" is a James L. Brooks-esque drama that Cooper has been eager to push through the pipeline. The story focuses on "a formerly self-centered womanizing booze-hound who changed »
- Matt Patches
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »
- Drew McWeeny
Now called Accidental Love, comedy Nailed began as a David O Russell movie more than seven years ago. Here's a look at its strange story...
Despite its stellar cast, which includes Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Brolin, it's possible that you've never heard of the forthcoming comedy Accidental Love. It's almost certain that you haven't heard of its director Stephen Greene, because he doesn't exist.
The Accidental Love saga takes in Oscar-nominated director David O Russell, dodgy financiers, multiple production shut-downs, cast walk-outs and questionable name changes. Until recently, it looked as though the film would never see the light of day at all.
Accidental Love began life as Nailed, a screwball political comedy co-written by Russell and Kristin Gore (daughter of Us politician Al Gore). For Russell, whose previous film I Heart Huckabees had struggled at the box office, Nailed was supposed to be a "fresh page and »
What happens to war movies when soldiers stop going to war? Andrew Niccol’s "Good Kill" is a glimpse at modern battle tactics, piloted drones taking out the Taliban from afar, as well as a hint at the task films face when examining the 21st century soldier. By nature, sitting behind a computer is far more introverted and introspective than engaging in on-the-ground military operations. As we see in the first trailer for "Good Kill," it really is all quiet on the Western front. In "Good Kill," Ethan Hawke stars as Tom Egan, a fighter jet pilot relocated to a Las Vegas for drone piloting. In the mornings, Tom goes to work, logs in to his computer, blows up his required targets for the day — buildings, tanks, people. At night, he heads home to his family, lights up the grill, sits down for a cozy a meal, and heads to bed. »
- Matt Patches
Do you feel like you're just now getting a handle on 2014, and the year is totally done? Did you sleep through the majority of the Christmas holiday time and are only just now cracking the internet? Did you already watch every movie on our Best and Worst lists and now just need recommendations on something weird to watch? HitFix has your New Year's Eve Nostalgia and New Year's Day Hangover taken care of. Check out our many Top 10s, Top 20s, Top 40s, Top 50s; our Omg moments, our regrets, our overrated and guilty pleasures; our indulgent year-end highs and lows. Here's the TV from 2014 you should have been watching... Daniel Fienberg's 1-10 Best TV Shows of 2014 Daniel Fienberg's 11-20 Best TV Shows Alan Sepinwall's 10 Best TV Shows of 2014 Alan Sepinwall's 10 More Great New Series from 2014 Alan Sepinwall's 10 More Great Returning Series from 2014 And here's the music you should have been listening to. »
- Katie Hasty
6 items from 2015
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