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Chicago – It was Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. Leaving Navy Pier IMAX, I was driving north on Lake Shore Drive – a constantly busy, multi-lane highway that hugs the east of Chicago and separates it from water.
What I saw next with fellow staff critic Patrick McDonald might have been normal for 3 a.m., but discussing Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi “Interstellar” and being the only one on the road in either direction felt otherworldly.
While certainly unusual, it speaks to my state of mind and how the film hit me with a ton of bricks. It felt epic and simultaneously intimate – being one of only a few dozen critics comfortably spread out among 440 seats – and could have only been experienced correctly on a 6-story, 60-by-80-foot screen. Don’t make the mistake of seeing this film in anything but IMAX.
The problem with being Christopher Nolan is having »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Written by: Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan Main Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, David Gyasi, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, and David Oyelowo, among others… Past Oscar relations: Burstyn, Caine, Damon, Hathaway, and McConaughey are previous Oscar winners, while Affleck, Chastain, and both Nolans are Academy Award nominees in prior years Today we have another brand spanking new article in this particular series of mine concerning certain high profile 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for here for us is one of the biggest contenders of the year in Interstellar. It’s an epic that’s hoping to become the blockbuster in the Best Picture race. Does it have a strong chance? Well, let me get into that a little bit now… »
- Joey Magidson
'Interstellar' movie review: 'Ravishing, but overextended mind-bender' (photo: Anne Hathaway in 'Interstellar') There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if 74-year old Caltech professor Kip Thorne were to find any director willing to tap his intellect for an above-the-line credit, it would be Nolan. His movies are puzzle boxes of plot and theme that have become grander in scope as they've become more opaque in effect. At this point, every Nolan film contains the moment when we ask ourselves if the director himself has completely thought everything through. That's certainly true of Interstellar, where the London-born director and his screenwriter brother Jonathan utilize Thorne's theories on relativity and gravitational physics to bandy about questions as deep »
- Mark Keizer
In an extremely unsurprising turn of events, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has been shifted from its previous Christmas release date to February 20th of next year. The holiday season is always tremendously crowded at the box office, and the competition is so steep this year that the raunchy sequel wouldn’t have stood an ice cube’s chance in hell at the box office.
Clark Duke, Rob Cordrry, Craig Robinson, Chevy Chase and Collette Wolfe all return for the follow-up, in which Lou (Cordrry) becomes the father of the Internet and is shot by an unknown assailant from the future, leading the gang to jump into the time machine to save their friend. John Cusack is not returning, and Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott will be taking on a new role to fill in for him. Community‘s Gillian Jacobs also has a part.
In its previous slot, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
Really, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Jay Chandrasekhar
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Released August 28, 2014 by Amazon
While the Broken Lizard comedy troupe were behind four movies from 1996 to 2006, recent years have seen the group members branching out individually. One particularly prominent member of the group has been Jay Chandrasekhar, who has directed episodes of shows such as Happy Endings, Chuck, and Community. His newest foray into television is the pilot for Really, a show that takes a look at couples and people in various stages of relationships. Looking for a series greenlight, Amazon and the creators have released the pilot online for voting, and it paints the picture of a show that could either be a success or a failure, depending on whether it chooses to focus on its comedic elements or its dramatic ones.
One of the strong points of the show is the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Amazon keeps accelerating the pace and output of its "pilot season" process. The original batch of Amazon pilots were presented to the public in April of last year; of those, only "Alpha House" (which got renewed for a second season) and "Betas" (which remains in limbo) got picked up. The second batch of pilots were unveiled less than a year later, and Amazon ordered almost all of them — other than "Rebels," the pro football comedy that no one seemed to like — to series. That was in February, and while none of those new shows has debuted — "Transparent," the best of the bunch, will premiere all of its episodes, Netflix-style, on September 26 — Amazon yesterday unveiled its third pilot season, even as there's already news about casting for the fourth wave of Amazon pilots. At this rate, they may be ordering some shows before a word's even been written, and traveling back »
- Alan Sepinwall
Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.
The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the »
Hello again, dear readers. There are only two weeks left in August, and the summer movie season has started winding down. With that in mind, it’s time to start looking ahead to what’s coming out in the fall and winter. And this week’s Trailer Trashin’ examines what looks like a very promising November release – Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar.
Premise: When a wormhole – which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of space – is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel. Among the travelers is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed engineer who decides to leave behind his two children to join the voyage with the goal of saving humanity.
- Timothy Monforton
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
Amazon is gearing up for its third pilot season, in which it will present five new shows for users to watch, rate, and review. Starting on August 28, three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas will be made available on Amazon Instant Video in both the U.S. and the UK. Users will be able to watch the pilots, rate them, and even comment on them. By the end of the pilot season, that feedback helps choose which shows become an Amazon Original series.
Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s pilots:
Hand of God: An hour-long drama, »
- Samantha Highfill
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
"Hot Tub Time Machine" was an unlikely hit when it debuted back in 2010, with the quirky, R-rated comedy hitting the sweet spot between "totally ridiculous" and "totally hilarious." Now, the gang is back for another dip in the titular time-traveling device, only this time they deliberately want to change the past -- but wind up in the future instead.
Finally, the follow-up has a red band trailer, and buddies Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke are all reprising their roles from the original. (John Cusack is sitting this one out.) The sequel finds Corddry's character, Lou (last seen in the first flick as a gazillionaire thanks to his stealing the idea for Google), in trouble and needing his friends to bail him out. But much like in the original, things don't exactly go as planned. Prepare for more debauchery, oodles of pop culture references, and what looks like a psychedelic sequence featuring neon ladybugs. »
- Katie Roberts
Really is about four hard-charging suburban Chicago couples trying to grasp on to their dwindling youth. At the center are the happily but messily married couple “Jed,” played by Chandrasekhar, and “Lori,” played by Sarah Chalke. When Jed is faced with the choice of keeping his pal’s secret or destroying his friend group, he winds up digging himself into a very deep hole. Really explores marriage, friendship and the stifling peculiarities of suburban Chicago life. The pilot also stars Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur, Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane, and Rob Delaney.
Directed by Bathhurst, Hysteria takes viewers to Austin where members of a girls’ dance troop are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological disease. Neurologist Dr. Logan Harlow (Mena Suvari) is called back to her hometown to investigate the cause. Fighting her own demons, »
Amazon Studios today announced it will debut the half-hour dramatic comedy pilot Really from Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), Main Street Films’ Craig Chang and Harrison Kordestani, and Executive Producer Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings) as part of its third pilot season debuting later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video.
Written, created and directed by Chandrasekhar, Really is a funny, extremely honest behind-the-curtain look at the psychological and emotional complexities of marriage, and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends.
More on the plot:
Four hard-charging suburban Chicago couples try to grasp on to their dwindling youth. At the center are the happily but messily married couple “Jed,” played by Chandrasekhar, and “Lori,” played by Sarah Chalke. When Jed »
Fans of “24” may only know Mary Lynn Rajskub as the rather serious Chloe O'Brien. However, she showcases her comedic side with her latest project, “Play Nice.” The film is currently available for viewing via Hulu Plus. Also read: ‘Community’ Producers in Early Talks With Hulu for Additional Season Rajskub, who started her career in comedy, is joined by John Ennis in portraying the Headmasters of the ultra-prestigious preschool, Le Chance Academy. Collette Wolfe and David Hoffman star as a young couple eager to get their young son into Le Chance. Unfortunately, an accident involving the Headmasters’ dog on the couple's way to. »
- Jason Hughes
The comedy show will be executively produced by Jamie Tarses and actors namely Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur and Collette Wolfe have been roped in for the show, Deadline reported.
The show revolves around a social and prejudiced group of thirty something friends in Chicago.
Chandrasekhar had earlier directed the pilot for the Amazon comedy series 'Betas'.
- Arun Pandit
I have learned that Amazon Studios has assembled the cast of Really, a single-camera comedy pilot, written, directed by and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, part of comedy team Broken Lizard. Sarah Chalke will play the female lead opposite Chandrasekhar in the project, executive produced by Jamie Tarses. Also cast in the pilot, fully financed and produced by Main Street Films, are Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur and Collette Wolfe. Really, which was quietly picked up to pilot more than a month ago, revolves around a social and opinionated group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago. It centers on two of them, happily, messily married neurologist Jed (Chandrasekhar) and lawyer/mom Lori (Chalke). Their group of friends includes Fred (Jones) and his wife Joanna (Blair), Mike (Schuldt) and his wife Margaret (Sloane) as well as Hayes (Macarthur) and his significant other Alison (Wolfe). The dynamic in the group »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Hope you're ready to spend Christmas in a hot tub! Well, in a Hot Tub Time Machine, anyway. Paramount has decided on December 25 as the day to unleash the sequel to the 2010 comedy hit, which stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clarke Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Collette Wolfe, and Chevy Chase. The sequel is once again directed by Steve Pink with the only missing link being John Cusack who will not be returning. The sequel's story goes something like this (according to »
- Paul Shirey
19 items from 2014
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