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The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Gkids Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Isao Takahata Screenwriter: Isao Takahata Cast: Dubbed version: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Dean Cain. Subtitled version: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijuin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, Tatsuya Nakadai Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 10/14/15 Opens: October 17, 2014 If your high school World History course was like mine, you spent a little time on Greece and Rome, another few weeks on medieval [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
PalmStar Media Capital has closed a multi-year financing agreement with Thunder Road Pictures, giving the production company access to more than $200 million in equity annually.
“Thunder Road has a long track record of success with both mid-size indie films and larger studio tentpoles,” company head Basil Iwanyk said. “This collaboration gives us tremendous flexibility in growing both sides of the business.”
Thunder Road will use the funds to fully finance and produce five to six “star-driven” independent films in the $20 to $50 million budget range per year, along with financing and co-financing the development and production of larger studio projects. The deal also provides more than $5 million in annual development capital for Thunder Road.
The deal comes at a time when studios are pulling back on mid-budget movies in order to focus on tentpoles and franchises.
- Dave McNary
Kaitlyn Dever is one of film and television’s fastest rising and most versatile young actresses and 2014 has been another busy year for her. She stars in Lynn Shelton’s new comedy, Laggies, opening October 24th, in a supporting role with Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz playing a hard partying teenager with a sarcastic sense of humor who says whatever’s on her mind. She also stars in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opposite Jennifer Garner which hit theaters last weekend. Finally, she’s currently starring in the popular ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing, which followed her recurring role in the acclaimed FX drama Justified. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Dever who talked about her reaction when she first read the script for Laggies, the appeal of the role, finding the right mindset to play Misty, the important lesson she learned from Knightley, what she enjoyed most about working with Shelton, »
- Sheila Roberts
Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year-old Megan (Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape – at least temporarily – she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16 year-old Annika (Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell).
Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as Your Sister’S Sister and Humpday, crafts a warm, funny romantic journey of three people who find their lives intertwined in sudden, unexpected ways, as they try to make their way in the imperfect reality of modern day life. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Plot: An aimless young woman, debating whether or not she should marry her longtime sweetheart, escapes from her life for a week and lives with a teenaged acquaintance and her lawyer father. Review: Laggies is lucky it has such a good cast, because without the likes of Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz buoying it, it would find itself sinking under the weight of its silly cliches and predictable narrative. Basically a feature-length sitcom with pretensions of tugging »
- Eric Walkuski
• Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. »
- C. Molly Smith
Dormer plays a woman who goes in search of her twin sister in Japan’s haunted Aokigahara forest at the foot of Mt Fuji. Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca penned the script based on an idea by David S. Goyer. [Source: Screen]
Levy plays a former video store magnate who loses his fortune, forcing his family to move to the small town that he once bought as a joke for his son. O'Hara plays his actress wife. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Remaining true to her indie roots while taking a step closer to the mainstream, Lynn Shelton brings her unique directorial voice to Laggies, one of her best films to date about a 28-year-old slacker (Keira Knightley) in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. This is the first time Shelton has directed from a script written by someone else, but Andrea Seigel’s well written screenplay is a nice fit with the rest of Shelton’s body of work. Laggies is also the largest scale film production of Shelton’s career and was shot in and around her hometown of Seattle. Opening October 24th, the romantic comedy also stars Sam Rockwell and Chloë Grace Moretz. In an exclusive interview, Shelton talked about how the project first emerged, what appealed to her about the story and characters, her fantastic collaboration with Seigel, letting others worry about the film’s financing while she focused on directing, »
- Sheila Roberts
Sony's The 5th Wave, the adaptation of Rick Yancey's popular Ya novel, is rounding out the cast ahead, adding Sons of Anarchy star Maggie Siff and Hart of Dixie actress Talitha Bateman. Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the film as Cassie, a teen girl who is one of the human survivors after four waves of increasingly deadly attacks left most of Earth decimated. She's on a mission to rescue her younger brother, Sammy, while also trying to prepare for inevitable and lethal fifth wave of attacks by the aliens. Siff will play Cassie and Sammy's mother, Lisa, who suffers terribly
- Rebecca Ford
We have some casting news for you today. First up, Sean Bean has signed on to Ridley Scott's The Martian. Scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough for Nasa to rescue him. According to THR, Bean will play a Nasa flight director. It seems like a safe job, but I'm sure Bean's character will find some way to die. He'll probably choke on a donut or something. The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig. The Martian opens November 25, 2015. Bean currently stars on the TNT series Legends and will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending and Pixels. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Ron Livingston (Office Space »
- Matt Goldberg
Keira Knightley may be one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars now, but her teenage years weren't nearly as exciting. "I didn't get into any [trouble]," she tells Sam Rockwell in an adorable game of 20 questions that they filmed in conjunction with their new movie Laggies (in theaters on Oct. 24). "That's the most boring thing in the entire world." Knightley, 29, didn't even cut any classes. "I was absolutely a goody two-shoes," she said. Rockwell, 45, cracked, "I was barely in school." In Laggies, Knightley plays a young woman who befriends a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) after she panics when her boyfriend proposes. She ends up spending a »
Jose here. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Nyff press screening of Clouds of Sils Maria. It was my second time seeing the film, and on that occasion I mostly showed up because I wanted to bask in the glory of its Mvp ... Kristen Stewart.
As I sat there, observing the lithe actress, taking pictures of her and giggling and blushing at her responses - as if she was answering them just for me - I realized I had a crush. I swooned when Juliette Binoche called her "a genius". If you had told me I’d be feeling this way last month, I would have laughed in your face and explained I wasn’t a TwiFan. Or blind. After all, Stewart has made herself a reputation for being one of the worst young actresses, who does nothing but exploit her expression-less or annoyed looks that are »
Ya or not Ya? That is the question most likely posed when hopeful authors submit their finished manuscripts to agents and publishers. Young adult is fast becoming the go-to genre for entire media franchises to be built upon. Gone are the days when an adaptation might go into development after the novel has sat on the New York Times Bestseller list for weeks. It’s now customary for books to get optioned before they’re even published, and that’s especially the case with young adult novels.
While there’s simply insufficient space to list all of the Ya trilogies that’ve been on the big screen or are heading to it, it’s safe to say that we’re in the thick of a trend. Keeping in line with said trend, Sony’s upcoming adaptation, The 5th Wave continues to surge forward, as today the film has landed its »
- Gem Seddon
Ron Livingston has joined Sony's Ya adaptation The 5th Wave. The film, based on the best-selling novel by Rick Yancey, follows the people of Earth who have endured four waves of increasingly deadly attacks from aliens. Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz), one of a few survivors, is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope. Livingston will play Moretz's character's father, Oliver. He's an important part of Cassie's life, and tries his best to protect her during
- Rebecca Ford
Shooting has been underway for about a month on alien invasion saga The Fifth Wave, which finds Chloë Grace Moretz trying to survive in the face of devastating extra terrestrial attacks. Ron Livingston is the latest cast member to sign on to the young adult adaptation.Moretz is starring as Cassie Sullivan, a young woman who survives the four waves of deadly extra-terrestrial attacks against the Earth’s population that have left our planet a darkened, doomed place where its new conquerors roam in near-human form, picking off survivors.Cassie, who still hopes to rescue her younger brother, prefers to travel alone, figuring she’ll be safer that way. But then she meets Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who could be her big hope.Livingston is set to play Moretz’ father, Oliver, an important part of her life, and the one who tries to protect her from the various alien attacks. »
On this, my last day of the festival, I saw two films that didn’t make me smile but made me glad I was there. Both The Look of Silence and Low Down proved to be among my favorites, this despite the fact that they are bleak, hard to watch, and provocative pieces of filmmaking.
The Look of Silence was first in a somewhat emptier theater than I had expected (I mean, who doesn’t love watching documentaries about genocide at 3:45 on a Saturday?), but the entire crowd in attendance raised their hand when asked and affirmed they had seen Joshua Oppenheimer’s previous film The Act of Killing. This film truly is a sequel to that groundbreaking first feature. It requires an understanding of why these men, why these killers, are so open and candid about their brutal acts of violence such that now we can appropriately hold their feet to the fire. »
- Brian Welk
Lynn Shelton’s Laggies focuses on the “saturn returns” period of a person’s life. The troublesome stage that people face around the age of 27 is often cited as a turning point during which they make big life changes. Or, in the case of Keira Knightley’s character – opt for a return to adolescence.
The dramedy, which nabs its title from those who “lag behind” (a polite way of calling someone a bit of a dosser), stars Knightley as Megan, a late twenty-something woman who can’t figure out what to do with her life after she bails on a proposing boyfriend. Ah, haven’t we all been there? Her dilemma disappears when she meets a teenager, Annika (played by Chloe Grace Moretz.) After the two become gal pals, Megan moves into Annika’s home and strikes up a liaison with her father (Sam Rockwell).
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- Gem Seddon
The arrested development genre, aka adultolescence, has primarily been the domain of men for many years. David Wain, Vince Vaughn, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, and most of Apatow’s understudy comedian protégés, have excelled in the field. But the genre apparently isn’t exclusive to guys anymore, which is never a bad thing. One of the first entries in the genre from the ladies is Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies.” American novelist-turned-screenwriter, Andrea Seigel, wrote the screenplay. About lagging behind, hence the term “Laggies,” the movie centers on a drifting, responsibility-averse woman approaching her thirties, who can’t get her shit together. The movie stars Keira Knightley as the laggie in question, and centers on the odd, unexpected relationship between the older woman and a teenager she befriends, played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Of course things get more complicated when the laggie gets mixed up with her friend’s laywer dad (Sam. »
- Edward Davis
Keira Knightley is Megan, a mid-20s slacker who finds herself kicked out of the family home and shacking up with like-minded teenager Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her single dad (Sam Rockwell). While on a constant search for kicks, the girls gradually discover that responsibility is a fact of life. Actor-director Lynn Shelton follows her indie romance My Sister's Sister and cult comedy Humpday with another fun and quirky character piece. »
In Lynn Shelton's new film Laggies (in select theaters October 24 and nationwide November 7), Keira Knightley plays Megan, a sweet but slackerrific 28-year-old whose total lack of motivation utterly stumps her friends and family. At a time when all her friends are embracing their adult responsibilities, Megan would much rather hang out with her new teenage friend Annika (Chloe Moretz) and refuse to grow up, and nowhere is that enthusiasm gap more evident than when Megan is forced to celebrate the imminent wedding of her prissy friend Allison (Ellie Kemper). In this exclusive clip from the film, Megan treats a bachelorette party game as the impetus for an immature (but enjoyably scandalous joke), but Allison is not having it. A very unique cockfight then ensues, with Knightley and Kemper pitted head to head. »
- Kyle Buchanan
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