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Iron Man 3 is officially the biggest move of the summer- as at the time of writing, the fifth most successful movie of all time! It’s not hard to see why- as well as coming off the back of The Avengers, it has a stellar cast, masterful direction from Shane Black, big laughs and a bigger heart beating at its centre. But so much of that is down to its screenwriter.
Drew Pearce may not be a name you’d heard of before Iron Man 3 hits out screens, but the creator of cult hit sitcom No Heroics is now the hottest man in Hollywood. Pearce is currently writing the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and has a slew of other projects on the go. Drew Pearce is here to stay, and Hollywood is all the better for it.
Our conversation went well beyond Iron Man, and »
- Oscar Harding
Just a year shy of its 40th anniversary, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz has been proudly spruced up and reissued; an act of reclamation, in some level, for a film that back in the early 70s, was one of the first Canadian features to make an international impact. Adapted from Mordecai Richler's 1959 novel set in a Jewish area of Montreal about a bustling young man furiously angling to get ahead – the missing link, if you will, between Budd Schulberg's What Makes Sammy Run and Philip Roth's Goodbye Columbus – Duddy Kravitz is an affectionate picaresque detailing the push-pull impact of the new world on émigrés from old Europe. Clan loyalty contends with ruthless self-advancement; expediency with tenderness; ambition with gullibility.
The film also provided a tremendous showcase for a mid-20s Richard Dreyfuss, »
- Andrew Pulver
Stefon -- the guide to New York's hottest, most twisted clubs - was never my favorite Bill Hader character, but he grew on me. And since last night's SNL was Hader's last, it was inevitable that Stefon would pop up on Weekend Update. But who could have guessed that, tired of his unrequited love for Seth Meyers, Stefon would leave to marry another man, only to have Meyers run after him like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate? Take a look at Stefon's big wedding, with Amy Poehler and Anderson Cooper. And when they run back to the Weekend Update set, don't miss the gallery of Update characters waiting to cheer them, including Drunk Uncle, the Devil and the Bar Mitzvah Boy. (Meyers has said he won't leave the show until the middle of next season, when he'll get ready to replace Jimmy Fallon on Late Night.) Fred Armisen, who's also leaving, »
- Caryn James
On the surface it seemed one of the stranger matches of the 20th century: the serious, award-winning dramatic actress Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, and the man whose fertile imagination introduced both flatulence around an Old West campfire and a singing-dancing Adolf Hitler to the silver screen, Melvin Kaminsky. Or, as the world knew them, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks. Asked about the couple's marriage, which lasted from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer in 2005, an introspective Brooks says in the new PBS American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Mel Brooks may be short in physical stature but not in gumption and comedic prowess. The height factor caused the young Brooks to search out the absurdities of life and lampoon them to get the attention he so craved by getting belly laughs out of those around him. Fortunately, the comedy writer and performer encountered colleagues like Carl Reiner (Ocean’s Eleven) who was able to consistently push him into a creative corner so to take full advantage of his talents with the classic examples being the 2000 Year Old Manskits where no historical event was sacred or left unscathed.
Adolf Hitler and racism should not be funny but Mel Brooks was able to utilize humour to expose the follies of human nature with movies like Blazing Saddles (1974). A driven individual he pursued Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) with a single-mindedness which is both admirable and spooky. How could a man who »
Among circumstances that are devastating for you and awesome for everyone else, having a hot mom ranks near the top.
If it's you with the hot mom, there's nothing positive about it. You are the kid with the hot mom. Your friends could be asexual boy scouts and they'll still talk about how hot your mom is with relative frequency.
If it's your friend with the hot mom? A+! Congratulations! What a life bonus!
The children of the following ten movie characters have had to deal with a lot. Their (fictional) moms are incredibly sexy. Let's discuss.
The thing that's unique about Coolidge and why she receives the honor of batting leadoff on this list is that she's not exactly "classically" Milf-hot in the sense of "Overall hot woman who also happens to have children" Milf-hot (yes, there are categories of Milf-hotness as of right now). Instead, »
- Nick Blake
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
In a taping of "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Mel Brooks," the legendary comedy writer, director and actor revealed his favorite movie to work on. "'To Be or Not To Be' with my wife," Brooks said, referring to the 1983 comedy he and Bancroft co-starred in. "I liked her so much. I couldn't get enough of her."
One sequence that Brooks remembered fondly was the couple performing "Sweet Georgia Brown" in Polish. Watch them sing the song below:
"We would hang out for 24 hours" during the making of the film, Brooks said. "How many people could stand their wives for 24 hours? I could cry now. She was easy... she was fun."
Apatow chimed in, saying that Brooks was one of his inspirations for working with his own wife, »
- Ross Luippold
Mike Nichols is in talks to direct the J.J. Abrams produced comedic drama set up at Paramount Pictures called One Last Thing Before I Go. If Nichols ends up taking the gig, it won't be the first time he's worked with Abrams. The two worked together on the Harrison Ford drama Regarding Henry. Nichols is a fantastic director that has also made classic films such as The Graduate, Biloxi Blues, Working Girl, and The Birdcage. The last film he did was Charlie Wilson's War.
The movie will be an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's novel, which "centers on a divorced father suffering through a midlife crisis: His ex-wife is getting married to a nice guy, his college-bound daughter is pregnant, and he may die if he doesn't proceed with a medical operation."
Sounds like a heavy story, but for those of you who have lived through heavy drama, then you »
- Joey Paur
It's been seven years since director Mike Nichols gave us the sorely underrate Charlie Wilson's War starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but now it sounds like the veteran director of The Graduate might finally be getting back behind the camera. THR has word that Nichols is in early talks to direct an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's novel One Last Thing Before I Go, a project set up at Paramount Pictures with J.J. Abrams producing through his Bad Robot banner. This comes hot on the heels of Shawn Levy's forthcoming adaptation of Tropper's This is Where I Leave You, starring Tina Fey. Here's the official synopsis of the book: You don’t have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. »
- Ethan Anderton
Legendary director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Closer) is currently in talks to possibly direct One Last Thing Before I Go, a film adaptation of author Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name. J.J. Abrams will be producing the film under his company Bad Robot. Adapted for Paramount Studios, One Last Thing Before I Go tells the story of a washed up rock band drummer named Drew Silver who tries to reconnect with his soon-to-be-remarried ex-wife and his estranged, pregnant daughter. This project would be unique for Nichols, not only because it would be his first film since 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War, but also because it would be a reunion with Abrams, who wrote the screenplay for Nichols’s 1991 drama Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford. [Editor's note: No deal or offer are on the table as of yet.] Hit the jump for a plot synopsis and more details on the film. Tropper’s literary works have been gaining popularity in Hollywood, as another one of his novels, »
- Gabe Chase
The Graduate's director Mike Nichols seems more comfortable in the theatre these days. Last year he was behind the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman (with Philip Seymour Hoffman), and he's currently working with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz on Harold Pinter's Betrayal. He hasn't made a film since the excellent Charlie Wilson's War in 2008, but if anyone can tempt him back behind the camera, we'd suggest it might be J.J. Abrams. Nichols is currently in talks with Abrams and his Bad Robot cohorts to direct One Last Thing Before I Go.The film is based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper about a former drummer in a one-hit-wonder rock band, washed up in a residential hotel after the failure of his marriage. He finds out that his daughter is pregnant and his wife is remarrying at the same time that he learns that he's got a serious heart condition. »
In the last six years Oscar-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols has only accumulated one credit, serving as an executive producer on the Jennifer Westfeldt/Adam Scott romantic dramedy Friends With Kids, but now, for the first time since 2007's Charlie Wilson's War, he's finally getting set to make his return to the director's chair. The Wrap is reporting that The Graduate director is now in talks to helm One Last Thing Before I Go, an adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel that is being produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. Described by the site as an "adult drama," the story follows a man named Drew Silver, a former drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band and divorcee who learns that he needs to have lifesaving surgery on his heart. Making the decision to not have the surgery, he instead decides to use what time he has left »
Mike Nichols is in talks to direct "One Last Thing Before I Go" for J.J. Abrams and Paramount, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the project. The film would be Nichols' first since "Charlie Wilson's War," which opened in 2007 and is one of two films the director of "The Graduate" and "The Birdcage" has made over the past decade. Nichols has alternated between film and theater, directing a revival of "Death of a Salesman" last year. He is currently directing Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in "Betrayal," and has discussed »
- Lucas Shaw
Cinemark kicked off the Cinemark Classic Series with The Godfather from Francis Ford Coppola on April 10th. Next up is Raging Bull on April 24. Cinemark, one of the largest motion picture exhibitors, will bring four groundbreaking films from directors Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Ridley Scott and Mel Brooks to their movie theaters across the United States starting April 24th through May 15. The one-day screening for each film screens twice that day at two separate show times, 2 pm and 7pm.
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Cinemark has announced the final film in their Best Picture Classic Series. The 1972 Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture, The Godfather, will play in over 120 Cinemark theatres across the country, including on the Cinemark Xd – Extreme Digital Cinema screens where available. Ranked #2 on the 2007 American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, the film is scheduled to play on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at two separate show times, 2 pm and 7pm.
“The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar©-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, »
- Michelle McCue
Hollywood has always played fast and loose with books – risking the author's wrath by changing plot and characters wholesale. Joe Dunthorne looks back on some memorable film cheats
At book readings, Stephen King sometimes tells a story about his "only preproduction discussion" for the 1980 film adaptation of The Shining. At seven in the morning, King was shaving in the bathroom when his wife ran in to tell him there was a call from London, it was Stanley Kubrick. Just the mention of the director's name was shock enough that when King went to the phone, he had a line of blood running down one cheek and the other was still white with foam. The first thing Kubrick said – and it's worth noting that King's growly impersonation makes him sound like a swamp creature – was: "I think stories of the supernatural are fundamentally optimistic, don't you? If there are ghosts then that means we survive death. »
- Joe Dunthorne
The "Dream House" stars, who have been married since 2011, will star in an upcoming Broadway production of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal." Weisz will play Emma, a woman who has been cheating on her husband Robert for seven years. Craig will be playing Robert. Rafe Spall will play Jerry, the man Emma is cheating on Robert with. "Betrayal" tells the story of the affair in reverse.
"Betrayal" will be Weisz' Broadway debut. Craig had his first Broadway performance in 2009 opposite Hugh Jackman in "A Steady Rain." Mike Nichols, a Broadway vet also known for directing movies like "The Graduate" and "Charlie Wilson's War," is directing "Betrayal." The play will open in previews on Oct. 1 and then officially open on Nov. 3, and will run at New York's Barrymore Theatre. »
Pulitzer Prizer winner Ebert died earlier today at the age of 70 Probably the best known movie critic in the United States, Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday in Chicago, Illinois, following a decade-long battle against cancer. Ebert, who was 70, had announced the recurrence of his illness in a tweet two days ago. (Pictured above: An Ebert closeup, as found on his Twitter account.) The renowned critic was best known alongside Gene Siskel for their "two thumbs up" routine, which was watched by millions on the nationally syndicated television show At the Movies (previously known as Sneak Previews and later as Siskel & Ebert [and the movies]). But populism or no, Ebert was a well-regarded and quite influential movie pundit. He began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967; eight years later, he became the very first film reviewer to take home a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. (That particular Pulitzer branch had been set up in »
- Andre Soares
New On DVD And Blu-ray: March 26, 2013 Pick Of The Week: New The Comedy (NewVideo) One of last year’s most brazen and alienating indies, The Comedy may play to a narrow, self-selecting audience, but in its portrait of generational ennui and misanthropy, the film is a spiritual successor to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge. In a performance free of vanity and ingratiation, Tim Heidecker stars as a Williamsburg trust-funder who braces himself for his father’s death and the formalities of handling his estate. His emotional numbness, save for evidence of raw self-loathing, manifests itself in »
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