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It would take a lot to squander the talents of Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, but Elsa & Fred comes awfully close to doing so. Without much to recommend beyond the merits of the veteran actors, the inconsequential romantic drama swerves from being pondering to pleasant and back again. During the scenes of the couple’s impromptu running around the bustling city, trying to find a spark through more delinquent pleasures, the film finds its pulse. When we are locked in their apartments, watching their strained attempts at finding friendship, Elsa & Fred is dragged down by the screenplay’s inactivity.
Indifferently directed by Michael Radford of Il Postino fame, the drama focuses on two seniors living in adjacent, golden-lit New Orleans apartments. Elsa Hayes (MacLaine) is a bit of a troublemaker, trying to get out of paying for damaging a sports car by playing up her oblivious senior citizen qualities. Divorced »
- Jordan Adler
Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with The Walt Disney Studios making it the exclusive Canadian subscription TV service for first-run Disney live-action and animated features.
Under the deal that starts with 2015 theatrical releases, films will be made available to Netflix subscribers approximately eight months after they leave theatres.
“We are delighted to be the new pay-tv home in Canada for the world’s highest-quality, most imaginative and entertaining films,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos (pictured). “Canadians of all ages will have an incredible range of great stories and characters to look forward to.”
“We are absolutely thrilled that Canadian Netflix subscribers will be able to experience Disney’s premium films in the pay TV window,” said Dan Cohen, evp of pay television and digital, Disney-abc Domestic Television.
“Netflix continues »
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Clara Mamet‘s debut feature Two-Bit Waltz has been acquired by Monterey Media, which plans a fall theatrical release. Mamet — the daughter of David Mamet and Rebecca Pidgeon — wrote, directed and stars in the indie comedy alongside Jared Gilman, David Paymer and William H. Macy. It centers on Maude, who is suspended from school, rejected sexually by her one true love — and then her grandmother dies. The will states that Maude will inherit a large sum of money on the condition that she finish her education. Plagued by a broken heart, the loss of a friend and a botched suicide attempt, she must decide […] »
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Radford and Anna Pavigano wrote the remake of the 2005 Spain-Argentina hit about two senior citizens who find love.
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Millennium Entertainment closed a U.S. rights deal on the Michael Radford-directed Elsa & Fred, starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Radford wrote it with Anna Pavigano, and Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula also star. Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy, Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon produce. Pic is a remake of the 2005 Spanish/Argentinian film the story of two people in the twilight of their lives who discover that it’s never too late to find love and make their dreams come true. After losing his wife, straight-laced Fred (Plummer) is forced by his daughter (Harden) to move into a small apartment where he meets Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. »
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Lotus Entertainment is handling international sales at Cannes.
The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula. Producers are Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy and Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon.
In the 2005 film, Fred was a recently widowed Spaniard in his 70s who has led a quiet life and retires to an apartment in Madrid with Elsa — an Argentinian and a chronic liar — as his neighbor.
In the remake, Plummer’s straight-laced Fred is forced by his daughter (Harden) to move into a small apartment where he meets MacLaine’s Elsa. »
- Dave McNary
Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film "The Rocking Horsemen". The story follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962 and chronicles what it's like to be young when everything seems possible and music can transform one's life.
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Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film The Rocking Horsemen. Beals joins Sean Astin, James Frecheville, Riley Griffiths, Jared Gilman, David Alan Grier, Miles Heizer, Eric Stoltz, Isaac White and Billy Zane, all of whom have already boarded the project. The Rocking Horsemen follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962. The boys have high hopes and are driven by a shared fear of what the future holds. When the chance to perform at their high school graduation arises, the stage is set for the
- Tatiana Siegel
You might recognize Clara Mamet from her ABC show The Neighbors, which is about keeping up with the Joneses—if the Joneses were aliens. (Much like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, except Neighbors is scripted.) Or you might recognize her because she looks quite a bit like her sister Zosia Mamet, who plays Shoshanna on Girls. (Yep, that makes her another daughter of David Mamet.)
But soon, you may recognize her from movies as well. Mamet just wrote, directed and starred in her first film, Two-Bit Waltz, an autobiographical jaunt that features William H. Macy (Fargo), Rebecca Pigeon (Red), and »
- JoJo Marshall
We all have predisposed notions about the infamous “romantic comedy.” As with other genres, there’s a large subsection of offerings, giving it a bad name. But, for every tired, cliché-driven comedy, there is another impressive offering that redefines the genre, garners plenty of laughs, and tells an honest story about love and relationships, however warped they may be. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the fifty romantic comedy films that should be seen. These may not all be classic films, but they certainly put a stamp on the industry and the genre we affectionately call “rom-coms.”
#50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom, »
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