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The line between "cute" and "cutesy" is violated, repeatedly, in the sometimes funny, often cloying comedy "The English Teacher." We're treated to the rare talents of Julianne Moore in a gently predictable "dark" comedy sprinkled with the most adorably heavy handed flourishes.
Start with the narration (by the oh-so-British Fiona Shaw). We're told that Linda Sinclair is an unmarried 45-year-old small-town Pennsylvania high school teacher with "no prospects" but with a "life's purpose -- igniting the flames of literary passion in young minds."
Linda teaches and grades kids. And when she dates, she "grades" them too, her red marker jotting judgments all over the screen around them -- "arrogant," "unmotivated," "F."
Then a star pupil (Michael Angarano) returns to town, an Nyu playwriting graduate with a play no one will produce, resigned to do as his father (Greg Kinnear) wants and go to law school. Linda reads the play, weeps over "The Chrysalis, »
It seems to be a trend with movies, most recently I’ve noticed it with Star Trek Into Darkness, but movies have started to move their dates up to Wednesday instead of the traditional Friday to capitalize on their opening weekend. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the latest to take advantage of the trend.
According to book author, Cassandra Clare on her Tumblr, the release date has been moved up to August 21, and she’s thrilled about it.
I’m really excited because it means the fans will get to see the movie earlier! It also reflects a lot of confidence in the film on the part of the studio to move it to a Wednesday release date so I’m really excited about that, too.
- Jess Orso
Today's bulletin is another light one in terms of bigger name films as only Only God Forgives and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters immediately catch the eye. Certainly a few people will see Uwe Boll's Assault on Wall Street on accident, Craig Zisk's The English Teacher starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Michael Angarano and Lily Collins will be recognized by some as it is already in theaters and while I'm not interested in it, I'm sure some of you will be looking for the animated Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. However, with Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, which I just saw here in Cannes a few hours ago and will have a review for you soon, you're getting the anticipated R-rating and the continuation of the Percy Jackson story will continue one notch higher on the rating scale than where it began with Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. »
- Brad Brevet
Plans for releasing movie two of "The Mortal Instruments" franchise, "City Of Ashes," have just been spilled! As detailed by the folks at Page to Premiere, "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" producer Martin Moszkowicz wrote on his Facebook page last night, "The Mortal Instruments - City of Ashes set up for worldwide distribution in 2014. Bye, bye Cannes." As reported by Deadline earlier this month, "Tmi" stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower and director Harald Zwart all signed on to reprise their positions for "City Of Ashes," with filming planned to begin this fall. The producing team - Moszkowicz represents Constantin Films - took the property option over to Cannes Film Festival to present the sequel to buyers. 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' by Cassandra Clare Photo credit: Margaret K. McElderry Books Based on his little update here, the Cannes crowd must've confirmed their interest in the film. »
We’ve got a release date debut and a couple of shuffles to share today: Her – Director Spike Jonze’s next feature, a sci-fi romance between a lonely writer and his new operating system, has been slated for a limited release on November 20th by Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson star. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – The Ya adaptation starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower has been moved up two days to August 21st. Delivery Man – Disney’s comedy remake starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders has been pushed back from October 4th to November 22nd, where it opens wide opposite The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Fifth Estate – Director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks/Julian Assange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been moved up from November 15th to October 11th where it will open in limited release. »
- Adam Chitwood
Fans of Clary, Jace and Simon will get to see their Y.A. faves on the big screen 48 hours earlier than expected.
The release date for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been moved up two days, from Friday, August 23 to Wednesday the 21st, EW has confirmed.
The book adaptation, based on the first novel in the popular Y.A. series The Mortal Instruments, stars Lily Collins as heroine Clary Fray, a normal-seeming teen who discovers that she’s part of a secret supernatural world that’s playing out in modern-day N.Y.C. Watch the trailer below:
- Erin Strecker
She really is the fairest of them all! Lily Collins arrived at the set of her new film, Love, Rosie, on Monday, May 20 sporting a fresh face before getting glammed up for the big screen. The 24-year-old Mirror Mirror star walked onto the Toronto, Ontario set makeup-free, wearing her locks up in a ponytail. After spending a little time with hair and makeup, Collins reemerged with her hair half-up and curly and wearing subtle makeup that accentuated her already beautiful features. "It used to bother me [...] »
LeakyCon festival goers are in for a real treat this summer. The group has announced today that it'll screen exclusive new footage from "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" during its Portland, Oregon-based convention on June 29 which will then be followed up with a video conference chat with the best-selling book series' author, Cassie Clare. For the uninitiated, Clare's ties to "Harry Potter" - the primary subject of the festival - are strong indeed as she began her writing career doing fan-fiction for the magical J.K. Rowling phenomenon. No word yet on what exact footage will be contained in the LeakyCon sneak peek. "The Mortal Instruments" film adaptation, directed by Harald Zwart and starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan, hits theaters soon after on August 23. Sony Screen Gems Photo credit: 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, »
The English Teacher, 2013.
An English teacher's life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.
For a writer, failure is inherently less sexy than adversity - it’s adversity that is the catalyst for change. Failure comes with characters having exhausted all their avenues and accepted their reality, but it’s here that The English Teacher paints its triptych of bruised and broken dreams. Opening with the austere tones of Fiona Shaw’s narrator we’re introduced to our bashful hero through a montage of her forays into romance with a series of idiots, aided by on-screen assessments in red pen with a grade befitting their failings. Ms. Sinclair, we’re told, is a passionate woman; a romantic who found sanctuary in »
- Flickering Myth
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
After a string of big budget studio productions to kick-start her career, including roles in The Blind Side and Mirror Mirror (lest we forget about the ill-fated Abduction), Lily Collins sought a change of pace for her latest project: The English Teacher. “I'd never done an independent film and I was really curious as to how they were different than studio projects,” Collins tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I read the script and even though it was a smaller character in an ensemble piece, I just thought it's a character that I haven't played before.” Photos: Hottest
- Sophie Schillaci
Born from mostly pleasant parts, Craig Zisk’s The English Teacher is a frothy foil to most mainstream comedies masquerading as such. It nicely blends a coming of (old) age tale with what is clearly a love/hate relationship with the emotions associated with writing and theater, chiefly seeing one’s work realized in the fashion originally envisioned. Lead by a company of fine thesps doing equally fine work, this dramedy is an easy watch even when those aforementioned amiable parts are far less effective when singled out.
From the opening scene The English Teacher suggests we’re in for a completely different film from what ultimately unfolds, due in no small part to the disembodied, whimsical voiceover narration which is snatched right from the clutches of wonderful entertainment such as Pushing Daises and Stranger Than Fiction. Unsurprisingly, simply extracting effective elements from other, better fare does not a good decision make, »
- Simon Brookfield
Well, Miley Cyrus and Lily Collins have at least one thing in common. The Hannah Montana bad girl and Mirror Mirror good girl have both donned outfits with large white bows on the back. Miley's bow was fastened the back of a chic Valentino jumpsuit. We love when the queen of twerking opts for classier ensembles, which she did for last night's Maxim Hot 100 party, of all places. But she has some competition from the Moral Instruments actress and her Paule Ka stunner. For starters, the bow is way bigger (bigger is always better, right?) and the plunging neckline on the front of the gown is definitely sexier. Sorry Miley, but our vote goes to Lily on this one. What's your take? »
Constantin Film announced today that production is underway in Toronto on the romantic comedy Love, Rosie. Based on author Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End, the film stars Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) as best friends since school “who find that life often gets in the way of love but, true love just like true friendship, never dies.” Complications in their relationship ensue, causing the prospect of a romantic life together to be thrown into question. Christian Ditter is directing from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls), and the cast also includes Jaime Winstone, Christian Cooke, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Jamie Beamish, Ger Ryan and Lorcan Cranitch. Hit the jump to read the full press release and to check out an image of Collins and Claflin working together alongside Ahern. Love, Rosie is being produced by Robert Kulzer (The Mortal Instruments »
- Adam Chitwood
"Star Trek Into Darkness" beams into theaters Thursday, May 16, facing very little competition. The follow up to J.J. Abrams's 2009 "Star Trek" reboot catches back up with the USS Enterprise and its illustrious crew as they zoom off on another epic quest. This time around, Spock (Zachary Quinto), Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Sulu (John Cho) are summoned home, only to find Starfleet in ruins. The crew soon ventures into a war zone to find villain John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) responsible for the devastation. The 3D spectacle lands in theaters Thursday, May 16, and also stars Alice Eve, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban. As we mentioned, "Into Darkness" holds somewhat of a monopoly over the box office this weekend. The sci-fi flick's only notable competition are two small limited releases, which happen to star some big-name actors. (Then there's always the previously released "Great Gatsby" and "Iron Man 3. »
- Dana Taddeo
Production is officially underway on Love, Rosie , a romantic comedy based on the bestselling book "Where Rainbows End" from Irish author Cecelia Ahern ("P.S. I Love You"). Love, Rosie will be filming on location in Toronto, Canada before moving to Dublin, Ireland for the remainder of the shoot. You can check out a behind-the-scenes still from the production below. The film stars Lily Collins ( The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones , Mirror Mirror ) and Sam Claflin ( The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , Snow White and the Huntsman ) as Rosie and Alex, best friends since school who find that life often gets in the way of love but, true love just like true friendship, never dies. The question is will life allow them to get back into synch with each other after »
Just as Cannes kicks off, Lionsgate UK is showing its increased support for British films and filmmakers picking up the theatrical distribution rights to six new titles – the drama Locke, the comedy Born To Be King, The Keeping Room, Horns, the family comedy What We Did On Our Holiday and the love story Love, Rosie. Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, says:
“We are delighted to be adding these titles to our already strong and diverse slate. It is fantastic to be welcoming back filmmakers and forging new relationships as part of our ongoing support and investment in British films and British talent.”
Produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley, Locke is written and directed by Academy Award nominated Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Hummingbird). Starring Tom Hardy, Tom Holland, Ruth Wilson, Alice Lowe and Olivia Colman, the film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. »
- David Agnew
Pic is produced by Germany’s Constantin Film (“Resident Evil,” “The Mortal Instruments”) and toplines hot up and comers. Collins, who previously starred in “Mirror, Mirror,” is the lead of the “The Mortal Instruments” franchise, while Claflin limns the key character of Finnick in the next two installments of “The Hunger Games.”
They play star-crossed young lovers who strike up a deep friendship at high school but are constantly separated, frustrating true love.
Buyers striking pacts include West Video (Cis), Media Pro (Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania), Monolith (Poland), Blitz Film (Croatia and Slovenia), Greece (Odeon), Portugal (Zon Lusomundo), Fida (Turkey), Benelux (eOne), Iceland (Samfilm), the Middle East (Jaguar Film), Israel (United King Films) and the Baltic states (Acme Film).
Asian territories onboard include »
- John Hopewell
Graded on a curve, “The English Teacher” is an affable if familiar high-school comedy populated by bright pupils, badly behaved teachers and amateur theatricals. Clearly inspired by — but never as inspired as — the likes of “Election,” “Rushmore” and “Glee,” this feature directing debut for smallscreen vet Craig Zisk (“Weeds,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) benefits from a brisk pace, witty banter and engaging performances, yet still fades from memory faster than a final exam on the first day of summer vacation. A world premiere at Tribeca, which is also partnering with Cinedigm on the pic’s VOD and theatrical distribution, “Teacher” should perform best with the study-from-home crowd.
In a variation on the lovelorn widow she plays in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sundance hit “Don Jon,” the always resourceful Moore here stars as Linda Sinclair, a 45-year-old spinster who grades potential suitors with the same unforgiving red pen she brings to her »
- Scott Foundas
It looks there will be some midnight feeding going on over the next few months, as the long-rumored "Gremlins" remake could finally happen.
Warner Bros., which distributed the 1984 original, will apparently proceed with its plans to reboot the horror-comedy classic, this according to horror-movie news site Bloody Disgusting.
Seth Grahame-Smith, king of modern horror comedy, is attached to produce the effort with David Katzenberg. "Gremlins" won't mark the first time the duo has worked together, as they are the creators of the MTV comedy "The Hard Times of Rj Burger." Grahame-Smith made his first foray into film last year after penning the scripts for Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" update and the movie version of his novel "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." He has also found fame with his satirical best-seller "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which was recently resurrected for a big-screen adaptation with Lily Collins in a starring role. »
- Matthew Jacobs
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