18 items from 2015
One film I've had my eye on in the upcoming season is Stephen Frears' "The Program" (formerly "Icon"). It's the story of journalist David Walsh, chief sports writer of the Sunday Times, who was hot on the trail of cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from grace amid his performance-enhancing drugs scandal. A sharp trailer gives us our first glance at what we're dealing with here. Chris O'Dowd is playing Walsh opposite Ben Foster as Armstrong. The latter appears uncanny in his depiction, really getting under the skin of a character who will do anything to succeed, will cut corners to achieve a result, will sell himself out if it means gaining any sort of edge in the marketplace of professional athleticism. Those are themes that stretch beyond that world, of course... There is no domestic distributor on the Working Title production yet, which is surprising. I imagine it will »
- Kristopher Tapley
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair, stars of ’90s teen seduction tale “Cruel Intentions,” reunited Thursday in Los Angeles at Rockwell Table & Stage’s “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions.”
Roger Kumble‘s 1999 pic, based on “Dangerous Liaisons,” catapulted the stars to fame, including then-couple Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, earned Gellar and Blair “Best Kiss” at the MTV Movie Awards and tallied $75 million at the box office.
Kumble, along with his wife, were also in the house. The Thursday night show happened to fall on Kumble’s birthday so during curtain call, a cake was brought out and the cast sang happy birthday with the whole audience.
During the entire show, Witherspoon, Blair and Gellar were singing along to all the songs, reciting lines from the movie, drinking martinis — and of course, taking selfies.
Let's do this! #CruelIntentionsMusical #90sflashback pic.twitter.com/rO229PZOc4
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon »
- Janine Lew and Elizabeth Wagmeister
So even before one takes into account its 1000+ page count, you'd imagine that adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 book for the screen would be an intimidating prospect. Not so, says Peter Harness, the writer who took on the task for BBC One's new seven-part series.
"I've never felt daunted by it," he says. "I just thought it would be such terrific fun to do, to spend 2 or 3 years in that world. It was a huge job - and a huge challenge - but I enjoyed it, and I think you can get through any challenge if you enjoy it, and you're working with good people.
"The fact is that the s**t jobs are just as hard work as »
Relations between South Korea and Mainland China have long been uneasy, but showbiz has gradually eased the tension.
The two countries’ range of collaboration has evolved a lot from location and talent loans, such as Zhang Ziyi starring in 2001 Korean film “Musa the Warrior,” which was the earliest and most common way of co-production, to investment and special effects service.
Recent joint productions include CGI-heavy sports drama “Mr. Go,” a Korean film conceived with Chinese elements and involving Chinese investment, and Cj Entertainment-initiated Chinese hits “A Wedding Invitation” (pictured) and “20 Once Again” that are set in China, directed in Chinese either by Korean or Chinese directors and star Chinese talent.
Korean dramas and K-pop music are enjoying huge popularity in China and are affecting every part of its entertainment industry. Producers from both countries are keen to make the best use of the cultural wave. Almost all K-pop bands boast at least one Chinese member, »
- Sonia Kil
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »
- Drew McWeeny
The Vampire Diaries might be in its sixth season, but that just means that it's learnt how to create a damn good villain. Step forward Enzo, who has a serious vendetta against Stefan at the moment - even the man behind the character, Michael Malarkey, thinks that he's been a "dick".
We got on the phone with Michael to chat about Enzo's big plans, what's coming up for him, and how he thinks Nina Dobrev's big exit is going to change the show...
I never quite know what to think about Enzo – if he's a good guy or a bad guy. Do you like playing such an ambiguous character?
"It's a joy, actually. You never know what's going to happen. I get the scripts in, I read them, and I'm surprised each time. Enzo definitely toes the line between quote-unquote good and bad, although I don't really believe in »
The first still for Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino has been released. Currently shooting in Azerbaijan, the adaption of the best-selling novel is written by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement) and produced by Kris Thykier (Trash, Woman In Gold). Leyla Aliyeva is on board as exec producer. Im Global will handle international sales. Kurban Said's best-sellingAzerbaijan-set novel revolves around two star-crossed lovers in the melting pot of Baku at the turn of the… »
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
The critically acclaimed exhibition Hollywood Costume, in the final days of its worldwide tour at Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire May Company building, will have extended hours through its closing on Monday, March 2. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Costume celebrates and examines costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. It brings together more than 150 iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age to the present, including such treasures as the Academy’s pair of the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress. Hollywood Costume is sponsored by Swarovski and curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®-nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. Extended Hours For Final Days: Thursday, February 26, 11 a.m. »
Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.
Im Global will handle international sales.
Since its initial publication in 1937, Ali & Nino has been translated into 33 languages worldwide with nearly 100 reprints.
The story centres »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Uma's got a brand-new look! Uma Thurman stunned on the red carpet in NYC on Monday, Feb. 9, modeling slicked-back hair and an almost unrecognizable face. While the lack of eye makeup casts an entirely new light on the actress, her face is still one we've long-loved to look at. Thurman, 44, who transitioned from a model to an A-list actress in the mid-1980s, first took Hollywood by storm with her breakout role in 1988's Dangerous Liaisons. From there, she went on to land memorable roles in Pulp [...] »
Exclusive- Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) is in advanced negotiations to join the cast of BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino opposite Adam Bakri (Omar) and Maria Valverde (Exodus: Gods And Kings).
Deadline previously broke the news that Valverde had joined the cast.
The $20 million film is based on the best-selling novel by Kurban Said and tells the story of Ali, a Muslim boy, and Nino, a Christian Georgian girl, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Their love story plays out against the backdrop of World War I and Azerbaijan’s fight for independence.
Principal photography begins in Baku, Azerbaijan and Istanbul, Turkey in February and March.
- Ali Jaafar
Hello to Glenn Close, the legendary thespian who just joined Twitter under the rightfully proud handle @TheGlennClose. We are awed and grateful for your presence, and not just because you did '80s hair better than any other human being. We really enjoyed what you did with that strange, underwritten role in "The Natural," we gagged on your cruel glamor in "Dangerous Liaisons," and we especially appreciated how you lit cable TV on fire with Patty Hewes' dictatorial grimace on "Damages." We regret that we will never see you in "Barnum." Thanks for always being kick-ass, and double-thanks for deigning to join Twitter. We will make it great for you! Here's who we recommend you follow, Glenn Close. Marcia Gay Harden Love these old stone walls in NY upstate. Property dividers of past. pic.twitter.com/W5xnPkCyyT — Marcia Gay Harden (@Beloving2) December 22, 2014 What a fabulous "Damages" guest star, am I right, »
- Louis Virtel
You're seeing that damn J-Lo movie this weekend, right? I already saw it! Get this: creepier and better than you think! Definitely better than "Obsessed," which was not good or campy enough for human consumption. After you get your fix of the delicious Ryan Guzman, check back online to watch some of these classic stalker titles. Fatal Attraction (Netflix) Glenn Close is right: This movie is dated and treats mentally ill people unfairly. Here's where Glenn Close is wrong: It's still a watchable, entertaining movie still because Glenn Close is the best damn actress of the past 40 years. She is a risky artist who somehow got to be a gigantic star, and she did it by choosing projects that almost no one else could tackle. Adore her forever. "Dangerous Liaisons" is also an insane treat. Why did she do "Albert Nobbs" to us? Stalker (Hulu) The world did the right »
- Louis Virtel
Maria Valverde (Exodus: Gods And Kings) has signed on to star in the coveted role of Nino in epic love story Ali & Nino. She will join the previously announced Adam Bakri (Omar) in director Asif Kapadia’s (Senna) big-screen adaptation of Kurban Said’s best-selling Azerbaijan-set novel about two star-crossed lovers.
The story begins in the melting pot of Baku at the turn of the 20th century. Ali is a Muslim, with his warrior ancestors’ passion for the desert; and Nino is a Christian Georgian girl with sophisticated European ways. The childhood sweethearts find their lives interrupted when WW1 breaks out and Baku’s oil becomes the focus of Russia’s vie for power. As the war plays out and control of the Caucuses changes hands, Ali and Nino find themselves swept up in Azerbaijan’s fight for independence.
- Ali Jaafar
You're hung over. You want good streaming options now. You don't want to move. Let us do the work for you. Check out the best of new Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu below. Netflix "Mean Girls" If you didn't spend enough of 2014 commemorating the 10th anniversary of this gem, make a resolution to re-watch it first thing in 2015. Still Amy Poehler's funniest role to date. Happy hour's from four to six! "Friends" (Complete series) Lisa Kudrow > Courteney Cox > Jennifer Aniston > Matthew Perry > Matt LeBlanc > David Schwimmer. That is the only thing I know about this life. "Election" There is plenty to cherish about this movie, specifically that Reese Witherspoon is exactly the right kind of terrifying as Tracy Flick, but let's just remember the days of Chris Klein as an august young movie star who represented the flip-haired bravado of the class of '99. "101 Dalmatians" Forgive me, but this »
- Louis Virtel
18 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners