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14 items from 2014


Claire Holt linked to Supergirl TV role

1 December 2014 11:30 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

CBS' in-development Supergirl series may have found its lead – The Vampire DiariesClaire Holt

Welcome to casting rumour corner, where so many pinches of salt are doled out that pepper is beginning to feel woefully neglected. However, this rumour does at least have a ring of plausibility about it.

Claire Holt, known best as Rebekah to fans of The Vampire Diaries (and its spin-off The Originals), is being linked heavily to the much-speculated-about Supergirl TV series.

The element of believability here stems from the fact that Claire Holt made her name on The CW, the network that houses Arrow and The Flash as well as The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

Picking up a familiar face from a sister network to try and sway a few viewers into checking out your new show? Sounds like TV network exec logic to us. That's no slight against Holt herself, mind.

The show, »

- rleane

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

14 September 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best. 

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Second Opinion – Life of Crime (2013)

6 September 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Life of Crime, 2013.

Directed by Daniel Schechter.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Isla Fisher and Will Forte.

Synopsis:

Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

Life of Crime, based on one of legendary author Elmore Leonard’s great collection of novels, ‘The Switch’ reminds us of that period in the 90s when adaptations of his work were effortlessly hip and cool. Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown, made by three very talented directors each with a style of their own opened up Leonard’s work to a whole new generation; Life of Crime also reminds us of the gulf in class between those films and this.

The story begins promisingly, like a cool version of Ruthless People (yes, I »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Life of Crime’ is a fun but lesser Elmore Leonard adaptation

29 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Life of Crime

Written for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter

USA, 2013

Elmore Leonard has one of the most distinctive voices in American film and television and while you may not recognize his name, you will surely recognize his work. His writing is pure cinema, so it should be no surprise that Leonard’s work served as inspiration for Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Justified. Life of Crime is based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, which is a lesser work, but the story still has the capacity for entertainment. In a slow week of new releases at the theatre, that’s more than enough.

Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) get much more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer (Tim Robbins). As it turns out, Frank Dawson has no »

- Colin Biggs

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Life Of Crime – The Review

28 August 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A little over a year ago, the entertainment world mourned the passing of prolific author Elmore Leonard, a writer well-known in both literature and motion picture circles. His earliest works were in the Western genre and beginning in the late 1950′s many were filmed (his short story 3:10 To Yuma was made twice!). In the next decade Leonard switched genres and soon became known as one of the great creators of gritty crime thrillers. And Hollywood scooped these up for the screen, perhaps more so than the “oaters”. In the 90′s many celebrated young directors discovered his work and several critical (if not always box office) hits were released. 1998 saw Steven Soderbergh’s take on Out Of Sight following Quentin Tarantino’s spin on “Rum Punch” titled Jackie Brown the previous year. Both films even shared a Leonard character, Michael Keaton as Atf agent Ray Nicholette. This weekend sees a »

- Jim Batts

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‘Life of Crime’ Review: We’ve Seen These Ruthless People Before

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes) have planned the perfect kidnapping. Their target is Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), wife to a sketchy businessman named Frank (Tim Robbins) who’s hiding a fortune in a secret bank account. The plan is simple. Kidnap Mickey, tell Frank to pay the ransom if he ever wants to see his wife again and then retire in style. But they never considered the possibility that Frank might not want his wife back. Chronology is a funny thing. The inclination will be (and has been if you check the IMDb page) to label Life of Crime a straight-up rip-off of 1986′s Ruthless People. In actuality though this is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s 1978 novel, The Switch. Keep moving backward and you’ll find that all of these incarnations share an inspiration in O. Henry’s 1907 short story, “The Ransom of Red Chief.” The problem for this film then is how to stand »

- Rob Hunter

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Life of Crime | Review

27 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criminal Intent: Leonard Done Light

What remains most enticing about Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime is its connection to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 masterwork, Jackie Brown. While Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch, Schechter takes on the earlier work of The Switch, which features the younger version of three key characters from the later novel, here existing in 1978 Detroit. A bit too light to register the same malevolence (though apparently Schechter is more in tune with Leonard’s style than Tarantino), and inanely marketed as a ‘caper comedy,’ Schechter takes a rather familiar premise and turns it into a completely enjoyable, utterly innocuous film. Inbal Weinberg’s production design turns the late 70’s into a glossy postcard of kitsch, not unlike her similar rendering of the 80s in the primped The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which only furthers the film’s highly sanitized feel.

Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘Life of Crime’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Gets Kidnapped by ‘Jackie Brown’ Criminals

21 May 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In Life of Crime, the upcoming crime caper from Supporting Characters director Daniel Schechter, Tim Robbins plays Frank Dawson: a wealthy, adulterous man who plans to divorce his wife, but is pre-empted when a pair of criminals kidnap her and tell him that unless he pays a ransom, he’ll never see her again.

For those film buffs out there who think this plot sounds a little familiar, Life of Crime is not a remake of 1986 black comedy Ruthless People. The novel upon which it is based, Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch”, actually predates Ruthless People by a few years. Leonard himself sadly passed away last year, less than a month before Life of Crime premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was met with a handful of positive reviews from critics.

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Trailer for the Elmore Leonard Adaptation ‘Life of Crime’ Starring Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins

21 May 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Watching this trailer for the new dark caper comedy Life of Crime, a couple of things crossed my mind. Firstly, isn’t this the same plot as the Danny DeVito/Bette Midler dark comedy Ruthless People? Synopsis of Life of Crime: Two small-time crooks decide to kidnap the wife of a rich businessman and demand a million dollars for her safe […]

Read Trailer for the Elmore Leonard Adaptation ‘Life of Crime’ Starring Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins on Filmonic.

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- Andrew Shuster

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Bette Midler To Perform For First Time On The Oscars

19 February 2014 6:28 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.”

She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). She has been honored with three Emmy® Awards and a special Tony »

- Michelle McCue

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Bette Midler to Perform at the 86th Annual Academy Awards

19 February 2014 6:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on 86th Annual Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Here's what producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say in a statement.

"We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time. We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening."

Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for For the Boys and The Rose. She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972's "The Divine Miss M," sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs "The Rose »

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Bette Midler to Perform on The Oscars

19 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC. "We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time," said Zadan and Meron. "We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening." Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for For the Boys and The Rose The First Wives Club , Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Ruthless People . Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue »

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Bette Midler to Perform on The Oscars

19 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC. "We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time," said Zadan and Meron. "We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening." Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for For the Boys and The Rose The First Wives Club , Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Ruthless People . Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue »

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what’s on Netflix UK, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Feb 03)

3 February 2014 8:41 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

because you missed it

Welcome to the Punch: stylish Brit crime drama with a killer cast; stars James McAvoy and Mark Strong are even more engaging than usual [at Netflix]

new to stream

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: Terry Gilliam’s weird and funny tall tale about the legendary teller of tall tales [at Netflix] Ruthless People: the modern classic black comedy of kidnapping and revenge, with outrageous performances by Danny DeVito and Bette Midler [at Netflix]

streaming now, before dvd

Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen’s latest is a striking portrait of a woman on the edge; Cate Blanchett is amazing [at blinkbox] Prince Avalanche: quirky arthouse buddy dramedy with fantastic performances by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch [at blinkbox] Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: oddly dreamy romance among criminals; like if Terrence Malick made Bonnie and Clyde [at blinkbox] The Fifth Estate »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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