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Before there was James Frey, there was Stephen Elliott. Two years before Frey’s bestselling, Oprah-approved “A Million Little Pieces” hit shelves in 2003 (only to be notoriously debunked three years later), Elliott’s “A Life Without Consequences” arrived. A mish-mash of memoir and autobiography and fiction and imagination, Elliott’s book detailed his (or was it his? the details are muddy and they stay muddy) childhood experiences of abuse, deprivation, homelessness, and drug addiction. That not all of it was exactly true wasn’t the points— and, Elliott, who continues to write fiction and non-fiction, both on the printed page and on the web, doesn’t argue that — but it is the crux of Pamela Romanowsky’s “The Adderall Diaries,” the filmmaker’s feature film version of Elliott’s 2010 “memoir” of the same name. Read More: Amber Heard Joins James Franco's 'The Adderall Diaries' In “The Adderall Diaries, »
- Kate Erbland
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
James Franco and Amber Heard are at it again. Seven years after having appeared together in Pineapple Express, the two have reunited for The Adderall Diaries, a film adaptation of Stephen Elliott's best-selling memoir of the same name. "James and Amber have great chemistry," the movie's director Pamela Romanowsky told us Thursday at the Adderall premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. "As a director, it's really exciting to see two people who haven't spent much time together come into a room to do a scene and find this connection and electricity between them. It was really exciting to watch." Franco stars as in the movie as writer with many issues, including substance abuse »
“Live from New York, it’s the Tribeca Film Festival.”
I’m sure that is how some people’s coverage of this year’s Tff started off. It makes sense considering the opening night film was a documentary about Saturday Night Live! Plus, some writers can’t help but resort to puns and cheap gimmicks to appear witty. Hell, I used it and haven’t even seen the film yet. But my TriBeCa experience didn’t start off with belly laughs. Instead it began with a double feature of films about shitty parents.
The Adderall Diaries stars James Franco as an author struggling with writer’s block, which could be the inspiration for my deconstruction of an opening to this recap. The film is based on the memoir of the same title by Stephen Elliott. Franco’s version of Elliott deals with drug addiction (mostly Adderall), a Bdsm fetish that could ruin a burgeoning relationship, »
- Jerry Cavallaro
James Franco works so prolifically these days that he’s bound to repeat himself now and again: In “The Adderall Diaries,” for example, he chalks up his second performance this year as an emotionally and creatively blocked writer processing profound reserves of trauma. Sadly, Pamela Romanowsky’s jumbled, affected adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s autobiographical 2009 book is no more enticing a showcase for its producer-star’s wounded-intellectual side than Wim Wenders’s inert “Every Thing Will Be Fine.” As in that film, Franco’s cultivated impenetrability makes for a pain-ridden but peculiarly passionless experience, with multiple clashing subplots — on such insufficiently explored themes as parental abuse, uxoricide and masochism — obstructing an already opaque character study. A name-filled ensemble might attract boutique distributor attention to Romanowsky’s debut feature, though theatrical exposure will be minimal.
Via his production imprint Rabbit Bandini, Franco deserves credit for enabling and championing young female voices on the U. »
- Guy Lodge
Really though, is this Taylor Swift's secret twin? - Us Weekly Suzanne Somers opens up about losing John Ritter - HuffPost Celebrity James Franco and Amber Heard cozy up on the red carpet - Lainey Gossip Maury Povitch discusses the weirdest paternity test result he's seen - Dlisted Zendaya comments on the return of Fashion Police - Et See Sam Smith's weight-loss transformation! - JustJared Miley Cyrus steps out for a sunny hike in La - Hollywood Tuna Get a glimpse of Darren Criss's Hedwig in action - Pink Is the New Blog Here's why Gwyneth Paltrow quit the food stamp challenge - The Superficial Could this be Marina and the Diamonds' new single? - popbytes »
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival Christopher Walken and Amber Heard are showing off their impressive vocals in writer-director Robert Edwards' "When I Live My Life Over Again," a father-daughter musical drama screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Singing on screen is nothing new for the multi-talented Walken, but Heard has never lent her vocals to a project before and she makes quite an accomplished debut. Could the two end up performing at next year's Oscars if the film and songs catch fire? It's definitely a possibility. The drama centers on cash-strapped Jude (Heard) as she heads to the home of her father (Walken), an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback. After several days, she soon recalls that spending time at home with her father presents its own particular set of challenges. The original songs in the »
- Zack Sharf
Reese Witherspoon re-created the proposal scene from her 2002 hit Sweet Home Alabama ahead of Tiffany & Co.'s Blue Book Collection dinner in New York City on Wednesday. She stopped by the store's flagship Fifth Avenue location earlier in the day where she was surprised with the cute moment. While her costar Patrick Dempsey wasn't there, Reese was presented with a ring by a man in a suit and posted a snap with the caption, "Um. This just happened. @Tiffanyandco just surprised me with a #SweetHomeAlabama moment in NYC??!!! Where magical moments happen. #Pinchme #NotYourAverageWednesday !!" Reese then attended the glamorous dinner with fellow stars like Olivia Wilde and Amber Heard. Olivia looked gorgeous in a white dress, and Amber appeared to go braless in a peach-colored silk number. All three women were modeling jewels from Tiffany & Co. Keep reading to see more photos from the glamorous night, then see why we're completely obsessed with Reese's Instagram. »
Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde and Amber Heard attended the invitation-only Tiffany Blue Book dinner Wednesday, April 15 in New York City. Tiffany Blue Book Event Witherspoon, Wilde and Heard were among the high-profile guests at the soiree that was celebrating Tiffany & Co.’s 2015 Blue Book Collection. At the fete, the actresses were invited to […]
- Chelsea Regan
Perhaps we have more in common with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen than we first thought. True, the twin fashion designers first appeared on television at just nine months old and have since amassed an impressive fortune, thanks to their highly successful business endeavors (if only we could relate), but in a new interview with Miss Vogue U.K., the 28-year-old siblings reveal their current style icons—and they just so happen to name two of our favorites! Asked to share their "top style pins and why," Mary-Kate replied, "Gigi Hadid - whether she's on the carpet or the street, she always looks effortless and cool." "Amber Heard," »
Married life sure suits Amber Heard! Johnny Depp's wife wore a silky, caramel-colored slip dress Wednesday at Tiffany & Co.'s 2015 Blue Book Collection dinner in New York City. And while the Rum Diaries actress was dripping in diamonds, she didn't appear to be wearing a bra (or underwear, for that matter, unless those suckers were super-seamless)! And while diamonds are a girls' best friend, fellow actresses can be nice to pal around with too. And that's what Amber, 28, did when she posed for a photograph alongside Reese Witherspoon and Olivia Wilde. They, too, were modeling jewels from Tiffany & Co. Earlier in the day, Reese, 39, even got to recreate the dazzling proposal scene »
I hate to spoil a blockbuster this early, but it appears "Magic Mike Xxl" will have as much sexy shirtlessness as the first movie. I hope your feelings aren't hurt by that revelation. The sequel is out July 1, and in a new poster, we see Channing Tatum in the middle of a serious, shirtless jive. Apparently Snapchat followers of the film at @MagicMikeMovie got to view this pic first. Ugh! Now we have to learn what Snapchat is and start saying "Snapchat" in regular conversation like mean cool tweens. For the record, "Magic Mike Xxl" will feature Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez, who are all reprising their roles from the first film. Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Riley Keough, Alex Pettyfer, and Olivia Munn will not be returning. Newcomers in the sequel include Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Gabriel Iglesias, Andie Macdowell, Jane McNeill, Jada Pinkett Smith, »
- Louis Virtel
Channing Tatum took to his Twitter page today to reveal the new poster for Magic Mike Xxl, arriving in theaters July 1. The one-sheet features a shirtless Tatum showing off some new moves, along with the fitting tagline "Back to the grind." With the arrival of this one-sheet, it's possible that a new trailer may be just around the corner, so stay tuned for that.
This sequel is set three years after the events of 2012's Magic Mike, which ended with Mike (Channing Tatum) bowing out of the stripper life at the top of his game. Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new poster and three new images for Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to 2012’s box-office hit. Check them out here…
Channing Tatum stars and co-writes the sequel, joined by fellow returning stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias and newcomers Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Donald Glover (Community), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham). Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra) directs the film, while original director Steven Soderbergh serves as executive producer, editor and director of photography.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey does not return for the sequel.
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they »
- Scott J. Davis
Last week, some new images from a slew of upcoming films were unveiled in the spirit of previewing the impending Summer Movie Season. Today, even more new images have been released from three very interesting—and very different—Warner Bros. films. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) re-envisions the classic J.M. Barrie tale Pan in the action adventure pic, which stars Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter. The film opens in theaters on July 24th. The highly anticipated sequel Magic Mike Xxl finds director Steven Soderbergh steeping back into the roles of cinematographer, camera operator, and editor while Gregory Jacobs takes the helm. Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, and Gabriel Iglesias reprise their roles and are joined by newcomers Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film »
- Adam Chitwood
Over the weekend we got one new look at Magic Mike Xxl but today Warner Bros. unleashed three new pictures giving you all the topless Channing Tatum and friends you can handle. Set for release on July 1, Magic Mike Xxl is a road trip comedy set three years after the first film. Mike (Tatum) has bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, and we now find the remaining Kings of Tampa ready to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways. readmore postid="168103" Along with Tatum, the film co-stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: Tribeca: Watch Indiewire Talk to Ethan Hawke, Taylor Schilling, Olivia Wilde and More at the Apple Store "The Adderall Diaries"James Franco is back playing a troubled artist in "The Adderall Diaries," based on the true-crime memoir by Stephen Elliott. The film chronicles the writer protagonist's obsession with a San Francisco murder trial; his internal struggles with drugs, relationships, and writers' block increase with the intensity of the investigation. If the movie is anywhere as gripping and candid as the book, it will be a wild ride. Franco has recently struggled to find the right roles, but the all-consuming commitment required to portray this masochistic character has his name written all over it. First-timer Pamela Romanowsky directs a strong supporting cast of Amber Heard, Christian Slater, and Ed Harris. "Among the Believers"With the growing threats of militant groups like Isis and Boko Haram extending throughout the world, »
Mary-Kate Olsen loves Gigi Hadid's ''effortless'' style. The 28-year-old actress turned fashion designer - who co-founded label's The Row and Elizabeth and James with her twin sister Ashley - is impressed by the 19-year-old model's laid back style while Ashley is a fan of Amber Heard's ''bohemian look''. When asked to name their style pin ups, Mary-Kate said: ''Gigi Hadid - whether she's on the carpet or the street, she always looks effortless and cool.'' Ashley added: ''Amber Heard - she balances her bohemian look with a touch of edge.'' The siblings - who have worked together since they starred in the television series 'Full House' in 1987 - also shared the secret to maintaining a successful working relationship. Mary-Kate explained: ''We've always worked together so it feels natural to us. To be able to have a sounding board and to trust the person who is your partner, »
Entertainment Weekly has just premiered a new look at Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash and Joe Manganiello in Magic Mike Xxl set for a July 18 release. The film picks up three years after the first one and follows Mike (Tatum) and his fellow stripper buddies as they take a road trip to a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. On their way, they run into newcomers to the Mike universe, including Jada Pinkett Smith as a strip club owner and former New York Giants lineman Michael Strahan as one of her employees. Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover also co-star. readmore postid="168103" As far as what happens in the film, Tatum tells EW, "No plot, just a bunch of naked dudes sitting around doing dude stuff. We read all the message boards, and people were like, 'Less story. Less plot. Just dudes' things. »
- Brad Brevet
Jennifer Lopez reunites with Casper Smart in Mexico - Us Weekly Get the latest dish on Fantastic Four from Jamie Bell - HuffPost Celebrity Have Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt broken up? - Lainey Gossip Trouble might be brewing for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard - Dlisted You won't believe The Rock's 5,000-calorie diet - Et Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea suit up for a music video - JustJared Diplo and 2 Chainz taste test some really expensive water - Hollywood Tuna The cast of Twin Peaks is not happy right now - Pink Is the New Blog Take a look at Netflix's updated Daredevil costume - The Superficial »
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