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The Good Lie is an inspiring film about love, survival and triumph over adversity and a powerful reminder of what’s really important in life. Philippe Falardeau directs the moving story of “The Lost Boys” who were uprooted by the brutal Sudanese Civil War that lasted from 1983 to 2005. Young orphans of war, both boys and girls, trekked thousands of miles on foot through hostile, treacherous terrain to escape the violence and find safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 of them from Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp to America. The entertaining drama stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, and Sarah Baker. At a recent press conference in Nashville, Witherspoon, Oceng, Duany, Wiel, Stoll, Baker, screenwriter Margaret Nagle, producers Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill, and Unicef’s Kent Page talked about the importance of telling the story with integrity, Nagle’s exhaustive research, »
- Sheila Roberts
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
The Emmys honor the best performances on television, but the telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it:
1. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Lead Actor in a Drama Series: It was Cranston’s night. He had the perfect amount of humility (“Even I thought about voting for Matthew”), humor (“I love you, especially those scenes in bed,” he told Anna Gunn) and inspiration (find your passion, Sneaky Petes).
- Mandi Bierly
Never again, TV Academy. Never again. I don't care if NBC has to do the Emmys in August because of football and if NBC is scared of going head-to-head with a competing award show. Doing the Emmys on Monday is just wrong. But we shall trudge on! Seth Meyers is hosting. Some fantastic TV shows and actors are nominated. Follow along. Comment below. Join the fun. Make the fun. 8:00 p.m. Et. That was some of the worst Red Carpet pre-show I've ever watched between E! and NBC. I never thought I'd miss Ryan Seacrest, but there ya go! 8:00 p.m. Seth Meyers was just outside being interviewed by Billy Bush just two minutes ago. How will he make it inside? How?!?!? 8:00 p.m. A countdown! 20 seconds to go. 8:00 p.m. And now Seth is inside on-stage. How Is That Possible, Billy Bush?!? 8:01 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
A shake-up at CBS' upcoming adaptation of Neil Simon's classic "The Odd Couple" means that "Community" veteran Yvette Nicole Brown will be back on TV in no time. The show is currently being retooled, with Brown stepping in for Sarah Baker ("Go On"), who recently exited the show along with Georgia King, according to The Hollywood Reporter. TV comedy vets Matthew Perry ("Friends") and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911") are playing Oscar and Felix, two middle-aged roomies whose differing lifestyles (one's a slob, the other a neat freak) cause friction. Brown will play Oscar's assistant Dani, a role originally occupied by Baker. Lindsay Sloane and Wendell Pierce are among the previously announced cast members who will remain on the show. Perry is exec producing the comedy and will also write the script with Joe Keenan ("Glee"). Timberman-Beverly's Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman and The Tannenbaum Co.'s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum »
- Dave Lewis
“The Odd Couple,” based on the Neil Simon play of the same name, follows the story of Oscar Madison (Perry) and Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon), two recently divorced men with very different personalities who move in together.
Brown will fill the role of Dani, Oscar’s assistant, a character original to this adaptation. Brown is being eyed as a potential series regular. The role of Dani was vacated by Perry’s “Go On” cast mate Sarah Baker, who left the show as part of a late recasting. Georgia King, who was to play an apartment resident of Oscar and Felix’s, also left the cast.
Dani is described as a neat and polished character who contrasts with the sloppiness of Oscar, a sportswriter. Though she has no short-term memory, she »
- Sebastian Torrelio
In the words of Shirley herself, “ooh, that’s nice!”
EW has confirmed that Yvette Nicole Brown, who’s known for playing the god-loving and guilt-mongering housewife Shirley on Community, has been cast in the CBS reboot of The Odd Couple. Brown will play the messy Oscar Madison’s (Matthew Perry) assistant Dani.
Brown joins a cast that includes Thomas Lennon as neat-freak Felix and Wendell Pierce as Teddy in the new version of the iconic ’70s sitcom. Brown is replacing Sarah Baker in the role, which is being adjusted from series regular to a recurring part to accommodate Brown’s schedule on Community. »
- Jackson McHenry
Photo | The Odd Couple: Get a First Look at Felix and Oscar 2.0
The multi-cam remake, which is set to bow at midseason, follows two mismatched roommates: the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). The cast also includes Wendell Pierce (The Michael J. Fox Show, »
A Community star is graduating to The Odd Couple. Yvette Nicole Brown has joined the cast of CBS' update toplined by Matthew Perry as part of a significant retooling, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Odd Couple is a modern retelling of the unlikely friendship of two roommates, the disheveled Oscar Madison (Perry) and nerdy Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon), based on Neil Simon's Broadway play. Brown, who will also continue starring in the Yahoo Screen-revived Community, will now play Oscar's assistant Dani, a role vacated by Go On's Sarah Baker as part of a recasting key female parts. Georgia
- Lesley Goldberg, Philiana Ng
While much of the talk surrounding the announcement of the 2014 Emmy nominations focused on bigger-picture issues (snubs both critical and fan-enraging, the historical impact of a Simpsons omission, and so on), the year leading up to Thursday’s roll call was actually made up of many smaller flashes of brilliance on the small screen.
EW launched its 50 Best TV Scenes of the Past Year three weeks ago in an effort to highlight some of those moments—the most powerful, funny, touching, lusty, or sometimes just plain awkward moments over the 2013–14 season. It’s no surprise, then, that many of the »
- Lanford Beard
Emmy nominations were announced this morning and as usual, there were a number of snubs and surprises, which the Internet collectively whined about this morning. Rather than continue to mourn the lack of a nomination for Tatiana Maslany (which I admittedly complained about as well), actual solutions need to be pitched. Sadly, “chain Emmy voters to a chair and make them actually watch Orphan Black” seems somewhat implausible and definitely criminal, so here are five reasonable and seemingly easy solutions the Emmys should consider next year.
1. A Dramedy Category
One of the most-nominated newcomers announced on Emmy morning was Orange is the New Black, which with 12 total nods amassed more than any other comedy, including Modern Family, Veep, and The Big Bang Theory. Yet most fans of the show would hesitate to classify it as a comedy. Compared to most of the other shows in the category, it certainly does not fit the pattern. »
- George Morvis
Melissa McCarthy teams up with her husband, Ben Falcone, for .Tammy.. They co-wrote the movie together and Falcone directed. Is their collaboration a must see or just a hot mess? Take a look at my review of .Tammy..
For my interview with Melissa McCarthy, click here
Interview with Susan Sarandon, click here
Interview with Kathy Bates, click here
Interview with director Ben Falcone, click here
Official .Tammy. Plot:
Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint and, instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option-with a car, »
Critics really wanted to like Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's Tammy, and to be fair, a few actually do. "The film is perhaps most endearing as a showcase for a fine ensemble of actresses, including Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Sandra Oh, and Sarah Baker," suggests the Av Club's A.A. Dowd. "And Susan Sarandon, again, gamely embraces what could have been a stock role." But "the big problem with Tammy is Tammy herself: She’s an ill-conceived underdog—a down-on-her-luck heroine who oscillates, per the demands of the poky plot, between typically caustic wit and an uncharacteristic defeatism. McCarthy just doesn’t excel at wallowing self-pity; she’s a force of madcap confidence, not a wallflower in need of self-help seminars." » - David Hudson »
For those of you thinking, “Oh no, another reboot!”, just hold your horses. This new film is not a “re-imagining” of that story of the sweet, naive, fresh-faced young backwoods beauty introduced in the 1957 late show staple Tammy And The Bachelor which spawned a film and TV series and boasted an Oscar nominated top 40 title tune. We don’t hear a note of that pop standard, although that first film’s star, Debbie Reynolds, was almost in this new flick. Nope, 2014′s Tammy is this Summer’s starring vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, almost three years to the day of her star-making supporting (and Oscar-nominated) turn in the surprise smash hit Bridesmaids, Between her weekly job as half of TV’s “Mike & Molly”, she followed her 2011 film hit last year with Identity Thief and The Heat. But this new film is a big step forward in her movie career, as she »
- Jim Batts
After seven years of working to turn their concept into a feature film, comedic couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone said the premiere of “Tammy” Monday night at the Tcl Chinese Theatre was not only the final step to completing a long-awaited project but also one that hit close to home — literally.
Walking together on the red carpet and often finishing one another’s sentences, the film’s lead actress and director, who were joined by co-stars Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass, Sarah Baker, Mia Rose Frampton and exec producer Will Ferrell, said the character of Tammy had become another member of their family.
“You work on something so long, and those characters kind of become real people and you get attached,” McCarthy told Variety.
“Tammy” is a film about a Midwestern heroine who loses her fast-food job and cheating husband and sets off on a road trip with her alcoholic and promiscuous grandmother, »
- Jordyn Holman
What can’t the great Melissa McCarthy do? The 43-year-old actress—whose style of go-for-broke physical comedy is at once wild and grounded, brash and vulnerable—opens movies. She gets awards love. She stars in her own material: the road-trip comedy Tammy (in theaters July 2), which she co-wrote with her husband, first-time director Ben Falcone. She can do everything…except escape stupid.
The message boards on McCarthy’s IMDb page are flooded with it. “How much does she weigh???” is the subject of one quality discussion, alongside such threads as “Token fat girl, just a Big part of the ‘It »
- Karen Valby
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.
In The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. »
- Michelle McCue
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Starring Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Corey Stoll (House Of Cards), Sarah Baker (The Campaign) alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war themselves.
Released on September 26th in the UK and October 3rd in the USA, The Good Lie »
- Scott Davis
The first major awards ceremony honoring this past year’s accomplishments on the small screen took place last night as Cedric the Entertainer hosted the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards from the Beverly Hilton. I’ve always preferred the Critics’ Choice Awards to the Emmys, just because my views tend to line up more with the members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. This year was no different, as a number of highly deserving actors, actresses and shows were honored.
Allison Janney was the clear winner last night, taking home two Critics’ Choice TV Awards. The actress won Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her devastating work on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and also tied with Orange is the New Black actress Kate Mulgrew for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as the title character on CBS’s Mom.
FX’s Fargo also had a great night, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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