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Rom-com formula is given an exuberant meta-kitchen-sink overhaul in Playing It Cool, about a screenwriter (Chris Evans) who doesn't believe in love, which proves troublesome when he's hired to write a romantic-comedy script — and then meets a philanthropic woman (Michelle Monaghan) who rocks his world. Self-consciously referring to itself at every turn, Justin Reardon's film is awash in narration, flashbacks, animated vignettes, costume-heavy fantasy sequences, dance numbers, camera tricks, CG effects, graphical text, narrative leaps in time and location, and all manner of other clichéd devices, including Evans's ribald banter with his weird-but-cool best friends. Fortunately, those sidekicks are played by a host of uniformly funny supporting »
One of the movies I’m most looking forward to this summer is an Adam Sandler film. You read that right. I said Adam Sandler. While I’ll be the first one to admit his track record has some blemishes, I don’t think Pixels is going to be one of them. In fact, I think Pixels is going to surprise everyone when it turns out to be a lot of fun. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s helmed by Chris Columbus and revolves around a group of 80's gaming champions who are called upon to defend Earth from alien invaders who have misinterpreted our classic arcade games as a declaration of war. Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Kevin James, and Brian Cox round out the cast. As a huge fan of 80s arcade games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede, I can »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With his first film for five years, Pixels, due for release in the next few months, director Chris Columbus has started doing the press rounds to promote the CGI-action spectacular starring Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). But while the emphasis was on his latest project, SlashFilm asked the director about one of his most famous porject, 1984’s Gremlins, and the status of the long-talked about remake/reboot.
On the new version, Columbus told the site: “I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with »
- Scott J. Davis
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
The single life looks good on Malin Akerman! The actress was spotted soaking up the sun with her sister Jennifer Akerman and her celeb pals, including "Entourage" hottie Emmanuelle Chriqui and "The Best of Me" star Michelle Monaghan, on Sunday. Akerman's sis took to Instagram to share a few of the fun photos, which also showcased each of the ladies' insane bikini bods. "Monday recovery after yesterday's amazing day with these babes @echriqui @therealmalinakerman @realmonaghan @nicolpaone," Jennifer captioned the sexy shot. In a second photo posted to Malin's Instagram account, the actress added her adorable baby boy to the mix. "Who feels sorry for this birthday boy...?! #thuglife #sebbysunday #sebbyhasaposse #yourewelcomeson @realmonaghan @jjakerman @nicolpaone @echriqui," the "Rock of Ages" star captioned the cute candid. It definitely looks like the blonde beauty's son, Sebastian Zincone, doesn't mind being surrounded by some beautiful babes! The actress welcomed her little guy in April of 2013 with ex-husband Robert Zincone. »
- tooFab Staff
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
It's nonsensical that actress Michelle Monaghan isn't a bigger name in Hollywood. She is an excellent foil to Robert Downey Jr. in cult dark comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and inspires Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code. She was even in the lauded first season of True Detective (which I didn't watch). Fort Bliss, a film written and directed by Claudia Myers, is a special treat for Monaghan fans. Instead of supporting an A-list actor onscreen, Monaghan gets her chance to lead a film.
She plays Staff Sgt. Maggie Swann, recently returned from service in Afghanistan. Maggie is an army medic, quick to respond to injuries in the field, yet thrown by the changes that have occurred while she's been abroad. Her young son Paul (Oakes Fegley, This Is Where I Leave You) has lived with Maggie's ex-husband Richard (Ron Livingston, Office Space) and grown extremely close to Richard's new wife Alma (Emmanuelle Chriqui, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Updated: 5:40 p.m. Pt with Fox guests. More of the details about the celebs that will be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, alias the Nerd Prom, are falling into place as the April 25 dinner nears. USA Today on Monday said its dinner guests will include Alfre Woodward, “State of Affairs”; Wendy McLendon-Covey, “The Goldbergs”; Fall Out Boys lead singer Pete Wentz; Naya Rivera, “Glee”; Michelle Trachtenberg, “Gossip Girl”; Trojan Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”; and Matchbox 20 lead singer Rob Thomas. Atlantic Media announced that its guests will include Tim Simmons, “Veep”; Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”; Melissa Fitzgerald, »
- Ira Teinowitz
Magic Mike Xxl / Pixels: New Magic Mike Xxl and Pixels images have been released, putting the emphasis on the more joyful side of their tales. The former, opening on July 1, features Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum, and Gabriel Iglesias; the latter showcases Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage. and hits theaters on July 24. [USA Today] Spider-Man: When Spider-Man returns to the big screen, he'll be back in high school. This according to Marvel's Kevin Feige, who also confirmed that it will be Peter Parker, aged 15 or 16, under the mask, and not Miles Morales or some other comic book character. Feige wants to explore the teen Spider-Man in greater depth as a "unique" character compared to other...
- Peter Martin
HBO has just dropped the first look at Season 2 of its crime drama True Detective, which stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams and is set in Los Angeles this time around. The Nic Pizzolatto-created series was the talk of the water coolers last season with Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan hitting it out of the park and racking up plenty of awards-season love — though few actual wins aside from an Emmy for director… »
Chris Evans hangs up his Captain America garb to star in romantic comedy “Playing It Cool,” which is already out on VOD and is coming to theaters May 8. Evans stars opposite Michelle Monaghan, who plays the engaged woman Evan’s character falls in love with. Here’s more about the film. “Playing It Cool is the story of Me (Chris Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Michelle Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’ using [ Read More ]
Since 1999, with "Message in a Bottle," his films have earned more than $800 million. Lately, however, his appeal seems to be dwindilng, at least for moviegoers. Last year's "The Best of Me," starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, had the lowest opening yet of any the films based on his books. Will the latest adaptation, "The Longest Ride," stars Scott Eastwood (yep, son of Clint) do better?
It wasn't easy -- since rarely have critics and audiences disagreed more -- but we ranked Sparks's movie adaptations from best to worst. »
- Sharon Knolle
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Imitation Game (Oscar-nominated historical wartime drama; Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode; rated PG-13) Interstellar (Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi drama; Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain; rated PG-13) Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (IMAX nature documentary; narrated by: Morgan Freeman; also available in 3D; rated G) Playing It Cool (comedy; Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Are you ready to slay monsters? If not, Chris Columbus will try to sway your opinion.
/Film reported that Columbus is attached to adapt I Kill Giants, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Joe Kelly and J.M. Niimura. Oscar winner Anders Walter is directing, and Treehouse Pictures will finance.
Originally published as a limited series between 2008 and 2009, I Kill Giants centers around a young outsider named Barbara Thorson. Her inability to fit in makes her life difficult, and she copes by escaping into a fantasy in which giants are real and it’s her job to stop them.
Walter is known for his 2013 film Helium, which won Best Live-Action Short at the 2014 Academy Awards. According to the site, Kelly will write the script as well as produce. He is part of the Man of Action Entertainment writers collective that also includes Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle. »
- Zach Dennis
What works in the script can’t always work in practice. It’s entirely usual for directors to cut whole characters from their film in the edit, for the sake of brevity or just because said characters’ scenes weren’t working in the execution.
This means actors can unwittingly find themselves on the cutting room floor, regardless of talent or of effort put in. Pity, for one, poor Michelle Monaghan, the True Detective star who was cut completely from both Syriana and Constantine.
There have been instances where the biggest stars have seen their work edged out of films for one reason or another, even if it seems commercially counter-intuitive to cut a major star from a feature. Big names equal bigger business; which is why, for example, Gwyneth Paltrow got paid $3.6 million to have her name appear prominently on the poster for Infamous even though she appears in just one scene of the movie. »
- Brogan Morris
Sony Pictures recently unveiled the trailer for the upcoming Adam Sandler action comedy "Pixels." And now comes word that the trailer generated a whopping 34.3 million views worldwide in just the first 24 hours online, making it the studio's bigger trailer launch of all time. The previous record of 22 million views was held by "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." In the movie, aliens attack earth after they get a look at some old video games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war. Desperate to defend his country, the President (Kevin James) turns to his childhood friends for help. Sandler plays the President's friend, who's a former arcade champion. Peter Dinklage is Sandler's former video game rival. Josh Gad is a conspiracy theory-obsessed genius, and Michelle Monaghan is Sandler's love interest who is also a military weapons expert. "Pixels" is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) and is set to hit theaters on July 24th. »
It’s a record for a Sony movie, 50% above the previous mark of 22 million streams for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Sandler plays a former arcade gaming champ tasked in the slapstick-laden trailer with saving Earth from an invasion of aliens portrayed as giant versions of classic videogame characters, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.
The film also stars Kevin James as the president of the United States along with Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan. Chris Columbus directed from a script by Tim Dowling and Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures debuted the first trailer for their upcoming summer adventure Pixels on Tuesday, and, as we reported earlier today, over 34.3 million viewers watched the footage within the first 24 hours. You may have noticed, towards the end of the trailer, an image briefly flashed on the screen, which features a character who wasn't seen in the trailer itself, Ashley Benson's Lady Lisa. In the movie, Lady Lisa is actually a video game character who is brought to life, and now fans can check out her game Dojo Quest through the viral website DojoQuest.com.
The site features a trailer for the game, which you can check out below, and links to download the game on your mobile device for free through either the App Store or on Google Play. DojoQuest.com also has a link to a Tumblr page entitled I Love You Lady Lisa, which is run by »
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