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There's a decent case to be made for Bill Murray being the patron saint of Hollywood, and writer-director Theodore Melfi thoroughly works over it in St Vincent, a star vehicle that gives the star a chance to exercise his deadpan comedy chops once again.
He plays Vin MacKenna, an alcoholic gambler who lives alone with his cat, Felix, and regularly meets with a pregnant Russian sex worker named Daka (Naomi Watts). He is about as far from saintliness as a person can be, when he meets his new neighbours- young Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) and his recently divorced mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy).
Nevertheless, Vin reluctantly takes on the role of babysitting Oliver while his mother works long shifts at the hospital, only demanding $12 an hour for his services. While schoolteacher Brother Geraghty (Chris O'Dowd) extols »
★★★☆☆ Despite cultivating an identity as one of cinema's most loveable malcontents, Bill Murray's achievements remain unrecognised by the Academy. However, thanks to Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent (2014), Murray finds himself in the running for the industry's equivalent of canonisation; that holiest of holies - a Best Actor Oscar campaign. His role is that of the film's eponymous Vincent, a boozy, misanthrope that can be found in any of the bars, bookies or brothels of Melfi's broken America. He's joined by fellow comedians Melisa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd in this surprisingly upbeat depiction of our recession hit contemporary world.
- CineVue UK
There is something joyous about Bill Murray in a bad mood from Ghostbusters through Groundhog Day to this comedy drama where he also brings stirring depths to the titular Vincent. It's a film cut to fit by indie writer/director Theodore Melfi and in playing to the strengths of his star, he manages to spin a rather obvious story into a fresh and edgy coming-of-age yarn.
Jaeden Lieberher features as 12-year-old Oliver, an efficiently pintsized straight-man who moves in next door to Vin with his adoptive mother Maggie (played with surprisingly gentle humour by Melissa McCarthy). Maggie works long shifts at the hospital and turns to Vin in desperation when she needs a last-minute babysitter; desperate, because with his bitter sarcasm, penchant for booze, gambling habit »
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This charming indie rom-com stars Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace and Zoe Kazan as Chantry, two platonic friends who maybe, kinda sorta want to be more than friends. At least Wallace does; Chantry is in a long-term relationship, and Wallace has convinced himself being "just friends" is better than not having Chantry in his life at all. Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis co-star as Wallace's best friend and his new girl; together, their newfound lust (or it is love?) is hilarious and unstoppable.
- Jenni Miller
"Surprise" is the word most often associated with "The Secret of Kells," Tomm Moore’s directorial debut and 2010’s out-of-nowhere Best Animated Feature contender. With a few short films and the animated series "Skunk Fu!" under its belt, Moore’s Irish animation company, Cartoon Saloon, snuck into the category with mystic lore and 2D-animated whimsy. Moore’s film couldn’t top Pixar’s "Up" but it did grab the attention of animation buffs who eagerly awaited his follow-up. Now it’s here, looking just as gorgeous and meticulously crafted as "Kells." Inspired by the legend of the "selkies," an Irish mermaid who can transform from sea creature to human for earthbound travel, "Song of the Sea" follow a young brother and sister, Ben and Saoirse, as they embark on a fantastic journey to uncover their mother’s ancient, magical secrets. The film stars David Rawle (Chris O'Dowd’s "Moone Boy"), Brendan Gleeson, »
- Matt Patches
Golden Globe-winner and Academy Award-nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award-nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls, Moone Boy) star in Of Mice and Men which was filmed on a Broadway stage in front of a live audience. Ballymaloe Grainstore hosts the only screening in County Cork on Thursday 6 November at 8pm. It also stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, Country Strong) and Tony and Olivier Award-winner, Jim Norton. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. The production was nominated for two 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. It shattered box office records at New York's Longacre Theatre multiple times during its limited 19-week engagement which ended in July. The »
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James Franco was eager to film the production of Of Mice and Men in which he made his Broadway debut, but it wasn't as simple as he thought it'd be. "I thought I just could bring in my old film school friends and we could just film it that way, quick and easy, and it turned out that that wasn't the case," Franco tells EW. "So we needed a company that could both film it, and have some sort of distribution system to put it out and recoup the cost." That's where National Theatre Live stepped in, making the Anna D. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Last year, NBC lost The Office and 30 Rock. It canceled Community, and sometime next year, we'll see the last of the Parks & Rec gang. The future has seemed bleak for NBC's once-lauded comedy content, so maybe that explains why it's digging through old projects to turn things around: Deadline reports that Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to produce an NBC adaptation of the popular British sitcom The It Crowd. NBC has been here before. It picked up an It Crowd pilot starring Joel McHale (and Richard Ayoade, from the original British version) in the 2006-2007 season, »
- Eric Renner Brown
The It Crowd is getting a new Us remake from NBC.
Despite a failed pilot back in 2006, another attempt is being made at adapting beloved British sitcom "The It Crowd" for the United States.
Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs," "Spin City") along with "Community" executive producers Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan are shepherding the new multi-camera series adaptation which Warner Bros. TV will produce.
The project has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Funnily enough, NBC was the network behind the original failed attempt at a remake which starred Joel McHale and original series transplant Richard Ayoade.
Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd and Katherine Parkinson starred in the original series which ran from 2006-2010 and was wrapped up with a one-off special that aired in December last year. It won numerous awards for its sharp writing and performances.
The show followed two male geeks and their new female manager working in the It department of the London offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries. Further »
- Garth Franklin
Whenever you get Bill Murray in a room, you can expect to see a pretty good performance. But add in his "St. Vincent" co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd, and the one-liners were flying fast during a press conference held at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, where the film came in as a second runner-up for the fest's People's Choice Award.
"If I can be very serious for a second ... I would," joked Murray, later saying, "We're performing for each other this morning. You're just stuck with us, but we're amusing the hell out of ourselves."
In the film, the legendary comedian stars as Vincent, a cantankerous Vietnam vet who begrudgingly agrees to babysit his neighbour's 10-year-old son (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) for the extra cash. Along with a pregnant Russian stripper (Naomi Watts), Vincent becomes something of a mentor to the youngster, teaching him how to fight and gamble, among »
- Rick Mele
U.S. television network ABC will work with Chris O'Dowd to adapt his Irish television show Moone Boy for an American audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. O'Dowd will not star in the show but will pen the script and serve as executive producer. The network has handed out a put-pilot commitment to O'Dowd. This means that ABC will air the pilot episode or pay monetary penalties to the studios who will produce the pilot: Sony, 3 Arts Entertainment, and original producers Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Productions and Hot Cod Productions.For those of you keeping score at home, if you are not familiar with Moone Boy, O'Dowd plays Sean, the adult imaginary friend of Marin Moone, a 12-year old boy who lives in Boyle, Ireland. Along...
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, a put-pilot commitment has been ordered of the Emmy-winning comedy.
O'Dowd will write the script and executive produce ABC's single-camera adaptation but the actor is not expected to have an on-screen role.
Series two of the original show aired on Sky1 earlier this year, while a third series has already been filmed and will air in 2015.
Both series have aired on PBS in the Us and are available to watch on Hulu. »
Archie Panjabi, who plays investigator Kalinda Sharma in CBS' "The Good Wife," will depart the show at the end of the current sixth season when her contract expores. Panjabi has signed a development/holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television to star in a drama pilot for the studio in the spring.
A frequent scene stealer in early seasons and somewhat adrift in latter ons due to weak subplots, Panjabi's work often stood out even amongst the high calibre of actors on the show. Her role as Kalinda scored her three Emmy nominations, including one win, and a Golden Globe nomination. [Source: The Live Feed]
The coming-of-age story follows a 12-year-old boy and his sarcastic, imaginary friend who helps him navigate childhood challenges. »
- Garth Franklin
We're not sure we can remember the last time a husband and wife battled each other for no. 1 at the box office, but it looks like that's whats in store for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner this weekend. Affleck stars in "Gone Girl," the David Fincher's thriller which has already earned over $48 million in the U.S. and should find somewhere between $20-22 million in its second frame. Garner appears opposite Steve Carell in Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" which is also expected to earn between $20-24 million over the weekend. For "Girl" it will be the second time it's trying to sneak by a competitor after the 20th Century Fox flick beat "Annabelle" by just $378,000. The other new wide releases may be close, but likely won't be battling for no. 1. Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold" is expected to pull in $18-20 million »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director Stephen Frears is to receive a BFI Fellowship.
The British filmmaker, who has directed movies including Philomena, The Queen and Dangerous Liasons, will be presented with the accolade at this year's BFI London Film Festival annual awards ceremony.
The award, which recognises outstanding contribution to film or television, is the highest honour bestowed by the British Film Institute.
Frears said: "I've spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship."
BFI chairman Greg Dyke added: "Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike.
"He is one of the UK's most important directors and we are delighted to honour him. »
St Vincent has released a new clip.
The film centres around Vincent, an ageing and broke bachelor whose antagonistic behaviour has left him alone in the world.
When a new neighbour (McCarthy) moves in next door, he forms an unlikely bond with her young son (Jaeden Lieberher).
Murray was most recently seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Monuments Men.
He has also recently thrown his support behind a female-led Ghostbusters reboot.
St Vincent will be released in the Us on October 24, and opens in the UK on December 5. »
Resting a movie on an actor's shoulders can be challenge for marketing wizards. The performer needs to be (or at least appear) at the top to convince audience the film is time well spent. That can often mean touting the transcendent moments — which explains why the scene from Weinstein Company's upcoming dramedy "St. Vincent" is now available for previewing. The story of a cantankerous Brooklynite (played by Bill Murray) who forms a philosophically symbiotic relationship with a wimpy kid next door, "St. Vincent" marks the feature film debut of Theodore Melfi, who has earned love for the film since the script landed on the Black List back in 2011. Vincent's lackadaisical nature is a perfect fit for Murray; The actor's skills are all about turning any grimy burnout into an empathetic character. The recently released snippet of footage, yanked from the film's end credits (and existing in a vacuum, worried spoilerphobes), says it all. »
- Matt Patches
The cast of characters in 'St. Vincent' get their own one-sheets.
The heartfelt dramedy St. Vincent, which won the hearts of audience members at the 2014 Toronto International Film Fest earlier this month, has just released a series of character posters that reveal the angelic side of the film's sad cast of characters.
In the movie, Bill Murray plays Vincent, a hedonistic, misanthrope who is befriended by his neighbor's 12-year-old son and hired by his mom (Melissa McCarthy) to look after him. Taking the boy under his wing, and end up bringing him on a series of inappropriate adventures to strip clubs and various unsavory locales until the two begin to become close friends.
The film was written and directed by Theodore Melfi, and is his feature film debut. An impressive feat, considering the film's cast, which consists of Murray, McCarthy, [link »
There's a weird netherworld that movies sometimes fall into, films that were completed, or as good as, but whether because of issues of quality, or because of circumstances outside their control, never saw release in any form, or at best were buried on DVD or VOD somewhere. Jerry Lewis' "The Day The Clown Cried" was a famous example, Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" lingered in limbo for six years before release, and more recently, films such as David O Russell's "Nailed" and Sienna Miller/Chris O'Dowd drama "Hippie Hippie Shake" finished principal photography, but never made it to a screen of any kind. And now, there's worrying signs that another film has joined those ranks. A couple of years ago, Dylan Kidd, director of the great "Roger Dodger" and the underrated "P.S," went behind cameras for the first time in nearly a decade with "Get A Job." An ensemble »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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