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No, you’re not McDreaming this: Patrick Dempsey is coming back to the small screen.
In his first television role since Dr. Derek Shepherd’s untimely demise, Grey’s Anatomy star Dempsey has signed on to play a man at the center of a murder mystery in Epix’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, the network announced Tuesday.
The 10-part series is based on Joël Dicker’s novel of the same name and chronicles Harry Querbert’s experience as he’s indicted for murder after a teenage girl’s body is found on his property years after her disappearance. »
The documentary is dedicated to Roger Moore, which died in May. The film will serve as a promotional vehicle for the song “U N I,” composed and produced by Geoffrey for Unicef to raise funds for the charity. Roger Moore was a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef for nearly 30 years.
“I promised him before he died that we would complete this movie,” Moore told Variety.
The song highlights the unnecessary suffering of children around the world and emphasizes how charitable actions can stop it from happening.
“My father had a great sense of humor so the documentary is very sardonic,” Moore noted. “We both believed that humor is a great way to make a serious point. He was very dedicated to Unicef and the notion of using his good fortune for good »
- Dave McNary
Monty Python star honoured for his contribution to film.
John Cleese will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (August 11-18).
The prize is awarded for an extraordinary contribution to the art of film.
After the awards ceremony, the festival will screen Cleese’s comedy A Fish Called Wanda as part of its open air programme.
The 2017 festival will also pay tribute to documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer.
The two-time Oscar nominee will attend the festival to participate in a masterclass and audience Q&A session.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
June ended up being a particularly busy month of releases, and here’s a look at three different indie films that I had the opportunity to check out over the last several weeks:
Camera Obscura: For his feature film directorial debut, co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz concocts his own “weird episode of Goosebumps” (to borrow a phrase from the film) in Camera Obscura, which feels like a mash-up of Shutter (the original, not the remake) and Final Destination, with a bit of a slasher twist thrown in for good measure. Koontz deftly maneuvers through familiar genre tropes to create an unexpected horror treat, anchored by a strong performance from Christopher Denham (Shutter Island, The Bay).
In Camera Obscura, we meet photographer Jack Zeller (Denham), who has been struggling with Ptsd after returning from shooting photos in the Middle East. His supportive fiancée, Claire (Nadja Bobyleva), decides to pick him »
- Heather Wixson
“The Little Hours” is a hilariously irreverent romp that seems to be channeling some of the spirit of “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” as well as the youthful feminine angst of “Heathers.” And there’s even a dash of Mel Brooks about some of the lunacy. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s in any way derivative. The offbeat comedy is a fresh take on medieval nuns behaving badly — or, more specifically, acting like bratty Millennials. Based loosely on Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century work “The Decameron,” the jokes are decidedly 21st century in attitude. But »
- Claudia Puig
After coming out more than two years ago in the U.K., Robin Williams' final movie is going to get released in the U.S. The comedy Absolutely Anything, in which Williams voices a dog, has finally secured distribution from Atlas Distribution Co. Outside of the appeal that comes from Robin Williams, the movie also serves as something of a Monty Python reunion, which isn't likely to happen again on the big screen.
According to Deadline, Absolutely Anything will be given a limited release, with Atlas hoping to get the movie in theaters on May 12. Terry Jones, who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of life, directed Absolutely Anything from a script that he wrote more than 20 years ago. The movie also stars Monty Python alums John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. So comedy fans have several very good reasons to go see this movie. »
Joseph Cedar for his latest film (his previous two having been Oscar-nominated) has assembled an outstanding cast - Lior Ashkenazi, Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé - to work with Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.
Meeting me for breakfast, the director spoke about Gere's films - Rob Marshall's Chicago, Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, and Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and The Dinner, screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. An aside to Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life Of Brian »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017
Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...
Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.
Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...
In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »
8 items from 2017
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