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The story follows a man who goes on a cross-country trip to Oregon with his father-in-law (Langella), who has given up on life.
He spends the trip trying to convince his father-in-law not to commit euthanasia when they arrive in the state.
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
The end can’t come soon enough in “Just Before I Go,” a dismal, tonally disastrous small-town farce in which one man’s death wish becomes the occasion for a feature-length group therapy session. Aiming for a seriocomic examination of mid-life regrets and missed opportunities, Courtney Cox’s directing debut falls back on fat jokes, erection sight gags and other vulgar asides to offset a succession of teachable moments involving homosexuality, bullying, depression, abandonment and Down syndrome. Despite a much better cast than the material warrants, this Anchor Bay release (opening almost a year after its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival) is already on its way to a watery grave.
At the age of 41, divorced pet-store owner Ted Morgan (Seann William Scott) has decided to kill himself, but not before returning to his hometown and settling accounts with every jerk who ever crossed his path — like his antagonistic seventh-grade »
- Justin Chang
Drop in the Bucket: Cox’s Uneven Directorial Debut
Actress Courtney Cox makes her directorial debut with Just Before I Go, based on the first feature screenplay from television alum David Flebotte. Attempting to navigate a trajectory of meaningful emotional pathos through a gutter of adult humor many write off as mere vulgarity, Cox’s film ultimately feels like the R rated version of some made-for-tv film as it attempts to extend the horizon of outsider ennui to all origins of suicidal tendency. The film isn’t without a laugh or two, but a severe tonal swerve from black comedy to sentimental PSA seems more silly than sincere, and the narrative just simply isn’t strong enough to correctly reconcile the supposed melancholy of its likeable protagonist with such a pedestrian resolution.
- Nicholas Bell
Though Ellen Page had made a name for herself prior to the 2007 hit “Juno,” it was with Jason Reitman’s indie dramedy that her career arguably took off. In one of the first films of its kind, Page plays Juno MacGuff, an offbeat teen faced with an unplanned pregnancy. And while Reitman may not have know exactly what he was looking for in his titular character, the young actor made it abundantly clear in her audition. Page’s naturalness is stunning paired with her scene partner and eventual cast mate Olivia Thirlby. No wonder she was nominated for an Oscar. Check out the audition below. Want to see more? Check out “9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes!” »
Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
Courteney Cox: 'There's a lack of opportunities for female directors'
Things don't go quite to plan as the bully, Rawly Stansfield (Scott), has a plan of his own for Ted to make up for his past mistakes.
Her former husband David Arquette also appears as a harried middle-aged father of young kids.
Just Before I Go opens on April 24 in select Us theatres and on VOD. »
The first trailer for Courtney Cox’s directorial debut Just Before I Go has debuted online, and you can watch it below…
Written by veteran TV producer/writer David Flebotte (Desperate Housewives), the film follows Ted Morgan (Sean William-Scott), a “down-on-his-luck average joe who chooses to end his life but is first compelled to return home for one last time and revisit all the horrible people from his past.”
Ted Morgan (Seann Willian Scott) has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become. But life is tricky. The more determined Ted is to confront his demons, to get closure, and to withdraw from his family, the »
- Scott J. Davis
Filmmaker Victor Levin’s smartly written feature debut, 5 to 7, is a charming and funny love story about an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and the beautiful, sophisticated French woman (Bérénice Marlohe) who befriends him on a New York sidewalk. Arielle (Marlohe), who enjoys an open relationship with her husband (Lambert Wilson), invites Brian (Yelchin) to join her in a passionate “cinq-à-sept” affair that he will never forget. The lessons he learns about life and love during their brief but tender courtship change him forever. Glenn Close, Frank Langella and Olivia Thirlby also star. In an exclusive interview, Levin talked about how this was a passion project he’d always wanted to direct, why it’s not a romantic comedy in a traditional sense, how he found the best actors to tell his story, the film’s financing, how his television experience informed his approach, his visual style and the decision to shoot in widescreen, »
- Sheila Roberts
The Fast and Furious franchise continued to prove its commercial success this weekend, as the latest installment, titled Furious 7, won the weekend box office in its debut. The film, which saw James Wan take over directorial duties from Justin Lin, earned $143.6 million over the weekend, making it the first film of 2015 to have an opening weekend gross of greater than $100 million, and the biggest opening of the year so far, handily beating out previous top spot holder 50 Shades of Grey. The gross also puts Furious 7 as the fourth-highest grossing film of the year already, ahead of Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Furious 7‘s opening left the rest of the box office in its wake, as last week’s winner Home earned $27.4 million this weekend, which was good enough to land it in second place. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard rounded out the top three with $12.9 million, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Your parents could be the coolest people on the planet, but for most, they're hugely embarrassing. And so introducing them to a new partner is not only fraught with the hopes that Mom and Dad will like them, but also that Mom and Dad don't say or do anything absolutely mortifying. So you gotta feel for Anton Yelchin in this clip from "5 To 7." Co-starring Bérénice Marlohe, Frank Langella, Glenn Close and Olivia Thirlby, the feature debut from "Mad Men" co-producer and writer Victor Levin follows Brian (Yelchin), an aspiring novelist who has an extramarital cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat Arielle (Marlohe). In the scene below, Brian brings Arielle to meet his parents at the fancy Bemelmen's Bar in New York City. Arielle is quickly introduced to the charming quirks of Brian's parents, as he tries his best to undo their various faux pas. "5 To 7" opens on April 3rd and hits. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Writer and producer Victor Levin makes a patiently observed portrait of unconventional romance in the heterosexual realm with the warmly performed 5 to 7, so named for the French saying “Le cinq a sept,” which basically means happy hour but carries playful connotations of extramarital romance in the hazy, undocumented hours afforded the working class before reporting for duties on the domestic hearth. Playful, observant, and provoking to those who’ve never considered the possibility (or worthiness) of such an arrangement as the romantic involvement suggested here, the film feels calibrated towards the type of American conservatism that can only begin to fathom such quandaries through the guise of a pronounced European influence.
Here, it is a French couple suggesting that monogamy has little to do with a successful marriage, and a series of intellectual Manhattan »
- Nicholas Bell
If you caught Carole King performing with Sara Bareilles at the 2014 Grammys, you’d know just how timeless an artist King and her work are. Her Diamond graded pop-album Tapestry from 1971 is a masterpiece, and one of the best selling albums of all time. And though today King maybe doesn’t get the indie cred as some of her ’70s, singer/songwriter female contemporaries like say, Joni Mitchell, that may be about to change.
Broadway World was the first to report that Sony has just secured the rights to adapt the Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with King’s life rights, her songwriting collaborators’ life rights, and the rights to many of her hit songs including “The Locomotion,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”
- Brian Welk
UK distributor Signature Entertainment has added six titles to add to its slate for 2015, including action-thriller The Trust, starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood, and Sundance 2014 comedy Dear White People.
Violent crime-caper The Trust, about two corrupt cops, was acquired from Highland Film Group.
Dear White People, about a group of African American students navigating campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college, was acquired from The Exchange.
Also new to the slate is supernatural thriller Daughter of God from Fortitude International, starring Keanu Reeves as a detective investigating his partner’s mysterious death, and from 6 Sales and Moonrise Pictures, the Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and James Purefoy action-thriller Momentum, about a ruthless femme fatale on the run from a deadly assassin squad.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Fans of 2012’s Dredd haven’t yet given up on their quest to get a sequel greenlit for the gritty, dystopian actioner, despite the original’s lackluster box office returns. The noise “Dredd-heads” have been making, including an international Day of Dredd, has been significant enough to draw reactions from stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, both of whom urged fans to keep on fighting. Now, executive producer Adi Shankar has taken a break from making bootleg riffs on other properties to provide an update on the situation.
Giving viewers a crash course in movie financing, Shankar explains the road to Dredd 2 would be paved with some huge obstacles. What it really boils down to is convincing distributors around the world to get on board (despite the fact that they lost money on the first movie) by slashing the budget, recruiting a big name director who can fill seats »
- Isaac Feldberg
IFC Films has booked U.S. rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama is based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates that became one of the most shocking and famous of all time. It stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons and Olivia Thirlby… »
At last, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's nerve-prickling drama "The Stanford Prison Experiment" has been acquired for Us release by IFC Films, which has slated a 2015 release for this winner of Sundance's best screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes. This exasperating film tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by the psychologist's sadistic, power-playing mind games. Name a hot young indie rising star and he's probably in this terrific cast, including Ezra Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, even uncomfortably erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Peter Gallagher is going back to college — sort of.
Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour stars Ben Aldridge (Reign) as Michael, a rock star who makes the unexpected choice quit his band and go back to college at age 30.
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Gallagher will play Professor Zaring, a highly respected (and feared) educator with whom Michael has a complex relationship.
Additionally, Olivia Thirlby (Bored to Death) has been cast as Gabrielle, »
Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby will co-star opposite Ben Aldridge in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Gallagher plays the notorious Professor Zaring, while Thirlby plays Gabrielle, his confident teaching assistant. The… »
Fox is rounding out the world of its comedy inspired by the life of Rivers Cuomo. Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby have joined the cast of DeTour, the network's comedy pilot inspired by the life of the Weezer lead singer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. See more The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 The single-camera comedy centers on Michael Sturges (Ben Aldridge), a rock star who, at age 30, makes the unexpected choice to quit his band and go back to college. Gallagher (Togetherness, Covert Affairs) will play Professor Zaring, Tate University's most respected and feared instructor with whom
- Lesley Goldberg
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