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Kate Hudson Joins the Cast of Zach Braff’s Wish I Were Here
We already told you that Zach Braff had cast Mandy Patinkin to play his father in his crowd-sourced film Wish I Was Here. Well, over the last week, the cast has filled out a bit. Josh Gad will play Braff’s brother. Anna Kendrick will play a cosplay aficionado whom Gad crushes on. As was alluded to in the pitch video, Jim Parsons and Donald Faison will be in it as well. And today it was announced that Kate Hudson will co-star as the wife of Braff’s character. Congrats, 40,000 backers, you're now famous people's bosses. »
- Jesse David Fox
'Transformers 4' casts Chinese actress Li Bingbing
The news was first reported by China’s m1905.com, a state-owned film site. The casting comes during recent high-profile efforts to court and increase Chinese interest in Hollywood tent-poles: Iron Man 3 was shot with footage specifically for the country, which is now the world’s second-largest film market. Meanwhile, Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show will air this summer, a reality TV competition to cast four speaking roles in the upcoming film, which jettisons franchise star Shia Labeouf »
- Adam Carlson
Cannes 2013: 'Blood Ties' is an authentic '70s-set crime movie that gives Clive Owen his best role in years
When film directors stage a scene from the mid-1970s, we all know how it’s done: They’ll clear everything out of a shot — commercial signage, etc. — that violates the period, and then they’ll plunk down a bunch of 1970s parked cars. Yet what they end up with still doesn’t usually look like the period — it looks prefab — and watching Blood Ties, a rivetingly scuzzy and authentic New York cops-and-crime drama (it’s set in 1974), starring Clive Owen as a hard case who has just gotten out of prison and Billy Crudup as his straight-arrow policeman brother, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Future Animated Film Oscars To Be Shared by Producers
Future recipients of the Oscar for animated feature film will include one producer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.
A new tweak to the Oscar rules by the Acad’s Board of Governors reiterated that there would typically be two people honored for each animated feature Oscar, but specified that one would be a producer, alongside the director “and/or key creative individual.”
In the case of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, the Academy said a third statuette may be awarded.
- Jon Weisman
TV Autopsy: 'The Vampire Diaries' Season 4
Season four got off to a shaky start. Turning your main character from human to vampire is a dangerous proposition, as it forever changes the fabric of the series. Somehow, it is even more treacherous than killing off a character. And the season opened with more overwrought teenage emotions and high school drama than I am comfortable with. On top of that, there were a lot of different plot threads that seemed in danger of going nowhere: the crazy preacher and his “suicide cult,” the hybrid massacre, and no obvious link between the two; the Silas story; the Shane story; the hunter story; the cure; the evil Elena story... it got a little chaotic. But the finale really brought it all together.
I love that The Vampire Diaries is never scared to kill off main characters. This season, there were two: Jeremy and Bonnie. I did not see Jeremy’s death coming, »
- Alyse Wax
The Great Beauty - first look review
Paulo Sorrentino's magnificent return to form sees him reteam with Toni Servillo for a lush, classical tale of middle-age hedonism and lost love
Paolo Sorrentino has returned to Cannes with a gorgeous movie, the film equivalent of a magnificent banquet composed of 78 sweet courses. It is in the classic high Italian style of Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's La Notte: an aria of romantic ennui among those classes with the sophistication and leisure to appreciate it. The grande bellezza, like the grande tristezza, can mean love, or sex, or art, or death, but most of all it here means Rome, and the movie wants to drown itself in Rome's fathomless depths of history and worldliness.
La Grande Bellezza is a return to Sorrentino's natural form and cinematic language, after his uneasy English-language picture This Must Be The Place, which starred Sean Penn as a swirly-haired rock star. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
Cannes Review: James Franco's 'As I Lay Directing'
Back in her “Pretty Women” days, I interviewed the young Julia Roberts and at one point she mentioned her dog, which she called Faulkner. Well, that’s one way to add some intellectual heft to your resume. Is it so different with James Franco, choosing “As I Lay Dying” as his first directorial feature? He says he loved the book when he first read it back in high school. Well, I loved a girl named Becky but I didn’t make a film about her. Honestly, I root for James Franco, but he exhausts with his incessant need to produce every little thought into something for our consumption. His recent art exhibition in Berlin included some fairly lame paintings he did in college of his high school yearbook photos; you know, things like sitting on the bleachers at a swim meet. Yes, of course that’s better than the guy »
- Tom Christie
Angry Birds Movie Lands Former Simpsons Writer As Director
There are some days in your life that you want to remember. Your sweet sixteen. Your wedding. Having a child. Finally beating your sister at Trivial Pursuit. Well today is the day I get to tell you guys that a movie based on an app has found its director. Blessed be! App developer Rovio Entertainment put out a press release today stating their game Angry Birds will be the first feature directed by Jon Vitti, an Emmy Award-winning former writer and producer for such comedy powerhouses as King of the Hill, The Larry Sanders Show and The Office, but is best known for his work on The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie. He also wrote Alvin and the Chipmunks and its squeakquel, but we.re keeping quiet about those. Let.s spend a second surprisingly happy with this decision rather than hating on the whole thing entirely (as I.m »
Cannes 2013: All But ‘Silence’ On the Sales Front
Cannes—This year’s Cannes saw a deluge of new titles brought onto the market.
But, through Monday afternoon at least, there had not been a deluge of deals snapping them up.
One day before the pre-sales market wound down, with major distributors planning to pack their bags Tuesday, most major U.S. and European sales companies had little to crow about in contrast to previous years where by this time a flurry of activity would have already been announced.
A L.A. based buyers rep said there was both a lack of quality and “ big mainstream commercial product with guaranteed wide USA theatrical release.”
“Sales are taking longer and have also been scattered: Many movies on the market have sold to most of Asia, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K. but that’s it.” added Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz. »
- John Hopewell and Rachel Abrams
Antonio Banderas Joins Martin Sheen In Chilean Miner Drama The 33
The 33, the upcoming film about the Chilean mining accident that left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days, has promised to assemble an ensemble cast, and thus far it has done a pretty solid job doing so. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro have all been announced as being part of the new movie, and today Variety has learned that yet another star has been added to the project's ranks. Antonio Banderas, who will soon be seen in Pedro Almodóvar's comedy I'm So Excited, has landed a part in The 33 playing Mario Sepulveda, one of the trapped miners who earned the nickname .Super Mario.. According to the trade, the film will be based on the true events, which occurred in 2010, and tell the story of both the miners stuck a half mile beneath the Earth and "the international effort to rescue them." Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera penned the screenplay »
As Cool As I Am Trailer Makes Claire Danes And James Marsden Into Bad Parents
Being a teenager is hard. We.ve seen examples of it time and time again, both on film and in real life. Teenagers in broken homes have it even worse, as we.ve also seen on film a bunch of times. So in order to stand out in the crowd, a movie that centers on this kind of storyline has to pull some tricks to be heard above the din. I.m not sure if the above trailer for As Cool As I Am does that exactly. The film is adapted from the 1994 novel by Pete Fromm with a screenplay from Virginia Korus Spragg (An Unfinished Life), and Max Mayer (Adam) directing. Sarah Bolger (The Moth Diaries) plays Lucy Diamond, a teenage girl who suddenly finds herself reaching maturity just as her parents, played by Claire Danes (Homeland) and James Marsden (Robot and Frank), are losing theirs. Apparently the deal »
A Cast of Kings S3E08 – Second Sons
Joanna and Dave discuss the eighth episode of season 3 of Game of Thrones, “Second Sons.” Thanks to our sponsor for this week, The Pantheon Project. E-mail us and let us know what you thought of the episode, as well as of the podcast, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find every episode of the show at gameofthronespodcast.com. If you like the show, [...] »
- David Chen
Film Review: ‘The Hangover Part III’
Five minutes into “The Hangover Part III,” a giraffe is gruesomely decapitated by a freeway overpass. While this unfortunate event is ultimately tangential to the film’s plot, it nonetheless marks its best shot at leaving a lasting legacy, with the phrase “beheading the giraffe” perhaps someday supplanting “jumping the shark” as the cliche of choice to mark a franchise’s official descent into pitiable pointlessness. Nearly bereft of laughs, this final “Hangover” should nonetheless generate lucrative business due to simple brand recognition and a desire to see the old gang one last time as they dutifully, distractedly wind down the clock.
Once the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever made, the first “Hangover” was one of the best surprises of 2009; a thoroughly modern callback to the great politically incorrect bro comedies of the 1980s, enlivened with a novel narrative twist. A 2011 sequel reeked of laziness, reprising the original’s every beat with mechanical obligation, »
- Andrew Barker
Superman, Zod And Jor-El Pose In New Man Of Steel Character Posters
The summer season already feels like it has been flying by. Major titles like Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness have already found their way into theaters and both The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 will be doing the same this week. But while it may seem like it's all just going a little bit too quickly, the good news is that it just means that our wait until the release of Man of Steel will feel shorter. Coming Soon has found a set of three brand new character posters for the highly-anticipated Superman film, each of which frames one of the major stars and actors in the movie. Up top, of course, is Henry Cavill as the new Man of Tomorrow, but below you will also find solo designs for both Zod, as portrayed by the amazing Michael Shannon, and Jor-El, the extraterrestrial »
Rumored Plot Details for Ghostbusters 3 and Poltergeist Remake; Sam Neill Thinks Jurassic Park 4 Is a Reboot
With regard to the sequels to and remakes of your favorite properties from 1982-1993: Dan Aykroyd continues to promise Ghostbusters 3, revealing that the sequel plot centers on troubling research by Columbia University particle physicists. Director Gil Kenan (City of Ember) has begun to cast his remake of Poltergeist for a September shoot in Toronto. Plot details have surfaced. Sam Neill says it is unlikely he will be a part of Jurassic Park 4, in part because he believes it is a reboot. More on each project after the jump. Feel free to ignore any news on Ghostbusters 3 until it gets in front of cameras, but if you are still curious, Aykroyd spoke about Ghostbusters 3 on Larry King Now [via Coming Soon]: "It's based on new research that's being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University. ... There's research being done that I can say »
- Brendan Bettinger
In Search Of ‘The Searchers’
Glenn Frankel’s The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (Bloomsbury) has received more attention from the mainstream press than the average film book, and for good reason: it is an exceptional piece of writing and research. What’s more, it isn’t just a look behind the scenes of a famous movie; the author explores the notorious real-life incident that inspired Western author Alan LeMay to write his novel: the abduction of nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker by Comanche Indians in 1836. Hers was not a unique story, but it took on added significance because of her family background, and one relative’s refusal to give up on finding her. Frankel is an experienced journalist and...
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- Leonard Maltin
Cate Blanchett Is All Alone In New Poster For Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine
Woody Allen has been in the headlines quite a bit lately, but it's all been about his project for next year. While very little is known about the film other than the fact that it will be shot and set in the South of France, in the last couple weeks we've learned that both Emma Stone and Colin Firth are attached to star. But let's not forget that we still haven't seen the multi-Oscar-winning filmmaker's latest title: Blue Jasmine. Today the conversation turns in its favor. Moviefone has released the brand new poster that you see above, which doesn't really have much going on. Similar to the first one-sheet for Midnight In Paris, there's a mix of both photography and paint used in the image, only this one has far more negative space. It's also somewhat hard to gauge the expression on star Cate Blanchett's face, which could honestly »
Damon Lindelof Talks Tomorrowland; Story Steeped in Disney History but “None of the Movie Takes Place in a Disneyland Park”
Damon Lindelof is on the interview circuit, mostly explaining what he did with Star Trek Into Darkness. Lost ended in 2006, and Lindelof is waiting to hear if HBO will pick up his Rapture series The Leftovers, which would throw him back into the grind of producing a television show. In the transition years, Lindelof has tackled a variety of sci-fi tentpoles: Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus. The next is Tomorrowland, an intriguing project at Disney that Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) will direct. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Raffey Cassidy are on board to star. Rumored plot details leaked in March. Lindelof didn't elaborate much on what was out there other than to say some of the public information is "completely and totally erroneous." But he did discuss the inspiration behind the project, how he wants to give Tomorrowland a story (the Pirates of the Caribbean treatment), and his fascination with Disney history. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Cannes Film Fest Diary 3: Seduced by 'The Past,' Abandoned by a Brazilian Beach Bikini Party
At 8:30am Friday morning, I got it. What Cannes is truly all about. You get something in theory, and then there’s the moment you get it through experience. Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” had just begun, and I thought back to what a friend said was the real reason to attend Cannes: because you see the best films in the world. Literally, according to one of the money men in James Toback’s new documentary about Cannes, “Seduced and Abandoned” – more on that later – half of the year’s supply of big films debuts at the festival. Farhadi won the Oscar for best foreign film with his last, “A Separation,” and as the new film began, the audience just relaxed into their seats as the film, with its first shot, took over. It’s a wonderful feeling when you realize you are in very, very, very good hands. »
- Tom Christie
Casting Net: Kate Hudson joins Zach Braff's Kickstarter project. Plus: Liam Hemsworth, Peter Dinklage, more
• Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed) is set to join Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. The story follows 35-year-old husband, father, and struggling actor Aiden Bloom (Braff), who decides to home school his kids when his father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin, playing another Saul) has to stop funding their private education. Hudson will play the part of Braff’s wife. Braff famously funded this project through a Kickstarter campaign that actually still has three days left. At the time of posting, the project had raised over $690K beyond its goal of $2 million. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect »
- Lindsey Bahr
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