14 items from 2015
All good things must come to an end. It’s a well-worn adage that everyone knows and has to come to terms with at one point or another. It’s funny sometimes that we can detect when something is nearing its conclusion without succinctly knowing the end date yet to be etched in stone. It forces us to enjoy the ride that much more. But of course, to remain just as cliché, when one door closes, another opens
Take into consideration today’s comedy actors that we so often revere; the Seth Rogens, James Francos, Jonah Hills, and basically anyone else has been a part of or recruited into the Apatow group of comedians. Since the premieres of Knocked Up and Superbad in 2007, comedies featuring these actors have reigned in Hollywood, firmly establishing and confirming the popularity of raunchy comedies. Since 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express, however, the »
- William Penix
With last week’s announcements of the nominees for both the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes, a number of high-profile performances did not make it on the list. But fear not, snubbed actors, as you may still have a shot at Oscar come February.
Here’s a look at those actors who weren’t recognized by SAG and the Globes but are still in the hunt:
Michael Caine, 82, plays a retired orchestra conductor on vacation with his director best friend (Harvey Keitel) in the Swiss Alps in Youth. The film earned a best supporting actress nomination for co-star Jane Fonda, but Caine himself has not been honored with any nods for his performance. Caine would look for a best actor nomination.
Tom Courtenay, 78, plays a husband who, on the night of his 45th wedding anniversary, receives an unexpected letter that could change his life in the drama 45 Years. »
- Patrick Shanley
The President: What’s his plan? Ohila: I think he is finishing his soup. • Hell Bent, Doctor Who Season Finale, Series 9
“Sometimes I think about what my mom told me. How I was really, really sick when I was first born and the doctors thought I was going to die. But there was this one doctor who wouldn’t give up. And sometimes, when things are really bad and fucked up, and I’m just so fucking tired of hauling myself out of the abyss one more goddamn time, I wish he had.” • Mindy Newell, On Her Depression
18 October 1990
Dear Ms. Newell,
Thanks for the letter and the story, which I liked enormously. I’m glad you liked my little book and that it may have helped in some way. I’m sure you’ll avoid your Jack the Ripper and pull through with grand success; remember that most people do. »
- Mindy Newell
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The last two trips director James Ponsoldt made to Sundance it was with two excellent dramas: Smashed and The Spectacular Now. This year, Ponsoldt returns with the often moving and consistently funny The End of the Tour. While the director’s latest may not be on par with his past two efforts, that’s not much of a problem considering the level of quality he achieves here. The End of the Tour follows a failed author, »
- TFS Staff
Forecast Update: Making a breathtakingly bad $2,829 per screen, Fox's Fantastic Four made $11.3M on Friday (with Thursday screenings added). Unless the wheels fall completely off the vehicle that should put Fantastic on the road to a $27M weekend. The only consolation at this point is international (reports still to come in) and that the reboot did better than Pixels ($24M its opening weekend). That also opens the door, wide, for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to come in first place. The Gift is doing better than expected, making $4.12M in Friday totals (with only $585K of that from Thursday), placing it in the $10M range. That's better than The Box (which, for some reason, is the first movie we think of in association with this) which made $7.5M in 2009 ($8M adjusted to 2015 prices). Ricki and the Flash made $2.2M and looks to finish the weekend with $7.2M. That's half of the take of Hope Springs, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
The Paramount/Skydance tentpole generated $20.3 million at the Friday box office, setting an opening day mark for the sturdy franchise — and signaling that Cruise still carries plenty of star power. Saturday’s total hit $19.7 million.
The launch of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” outperformed forecasts by a significant margin. It had been on track for an opening weekend of $40 million, according to recent studio estimates.
The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed over $2 billion. »
- Dave McNary
Powered by the Energizer bunny energy of the seemingly inexhaustible Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation pulled in $56M for the weekend, taking #1 at the box office. It's a good start for the $150M, fifth installment in the now-rejuvenated M:i series that seems to be have been carried, uphill, on Cruise's back. The success of the film also adds a counter-example to the "Where Are the Box-Office Stars??" articles queued up at entertainment outlets everywhere.Just last week Adam Sandler's Pixels, with a tepid $24M opening, prompted numerous "Is He Over?" articles, questioning the box-office virility of the once critic-proof star. On the Fourth of July weekend Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator Genisys drug itself to $27M, coming in third behind an animated Pixar movie in its third week and a dinosaur movie in its fourth week. Genisys continues to struggle with a domestic take of $87M. Cruise, however, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Paramount/Skydance release is on track to pull in about $52 million for the weekend in its 3,956 locations, according to studio estimates. The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris Mcquarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
“This is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting,” Variety‘s review says of the pic. Cruise has already announced plans for a sixth film.
“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” the previous pic in the series, pulled in $209 million in the U.S. and $485 million internationally. The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have totaled more than $2 billion in worldwide grosses. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
Do you have a book about a famous author that you want made into a movie? It seems like James Ponsoldt is your guy, at least if you want it well-made.
Following his recent work about David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, it seems like Ponsoldt will be adapting a book about another famous author — F. Scott Fitzgerald. This report comes from Deadline on Friday.
Ponsoldt has become a big name with his two films, Smashed and The Spectacular Now, and has garnered praise for The End of the Tour, which stars Jason Segel as Wallace. The first trailer was released last week and the early word is that Segel could find his way on the awards circuit thanks to his work.
According to Deadline, West Of Sunset has been called a novelized biography of The Great Gatsby author when he came to Hollywood to start anew »
- Zach Dennis
James Pondsoldt is, at least to me, among the most exciting young directors working today. He took an after school special-worthy tale and made it pretty riveting with Smashed, then trended fairly similar waters but with a high school protagonist in The Spectacular Now and made one of the best movies of the new decade. Those were just among his first handful of films. His next film, the David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour, earned exceptional reviews from Sundance and remains one of my most anticipated this summer as it comes out on July 31. And as he lines up the futuristic The Circle, to star Tom Hanks and, at one point, Alicia Vikander (the actress had to drop out last week due to scheduling conflicts, and it looks as though Emma Watson may take her place), the supremely confident filmmaker appears poised to continue to move onto bigger and better things. »
- Will Ashton
The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is coming off one of my favorite films of 2015 so far, David Foster Wallace feature The End of the Tour, and today brings news that the director is set to tackle yet another literary icon: The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ponsoldt is angling to adapt and direct Stewart O’Nan’s novel West of Sunset, which is a fictionalized biography of Fitzgerald’s later-in-life struggles to make it as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
The director is lining up Dave Eggers’ adaptation The Circle right now, so West of Sunset wouldn’t shoot until at least after that project, if not later. No actor is yet attached, but the role of Fitzgerald will certainly be a coveted one, especially given that Jason Segel is earning awards buzz for his turn as Wallace in Ponsoldt’s End of the Tour and that the director »
- Isaac Feldberg
Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.
‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best Sundance 2015: Maybe the dingos should eat ‘Strangerland’ Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’ Sundance 2015: ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’ an emotional, honest and hilarious experience Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace Sundance 2015: ‘Cop Car’ is an instant Americana genre film classic Sundance 2015: ‘Girlhood’ rivals Linklater’s opus Sundance 2015: ‘Knock Knock’ sees Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer camp glory Sundance 2015: ‘Eden »
There’s a specific internal logic that governs road movies. Two characters—it is almost always just two—vibe off one another in the confined space of a car, revealing essential selves, embarking on what’s inevitably a journey of self-discovery, moving ever forward, together. The genre has become something of a Sundance trope over the years, thanks to movies such as Transamerica, Liar’s Dice and The Trip to Italy. And living up to that expectation, two of the buzzier entries in the fest’s early days happen to feature duos traveling for extended periods in cars on, yes, »
- Chris Lee
14 items from 2015
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