18 items from 2015
“San Andreas” hits theaters this weekend, hoping to provide a jolt to the summer box office after Memorial Day ticket sales barely registered on the Richter Scale.
The 21st century answer to Irwin Allen’s disaster films of yore is on pace to debut to $40 million domestically when it bows in 3,777 locations. The Warner Bros. release deploys the latest CGI razzle dazzle in the service of depicting a massive earthquake that threatens to turn much of California into ocean bottom. The best special-effect at its disposal may be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has been a reliable draw at the box office thanks to appearances in the “Fast and Furious” and “G.I. Joe” movies.
Those films, however, paired him with an ensemble cast, so this will be a real test of Johnson’s ability to open and carry a movie on his prodigious back during the most competitive time of year. »
- Brent Lang
You might have overlooked it in the barrage of advertising for summer blockbusters, but this week sees the release of “Aloha,” the new Hawaii-set romantic-comedy with a glittering cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, and Bill Murray. It’s notable for cinephiles because it’s the first film in nearly four years, and the seventh in total, from Cameron Crowe, the man behind “Say Anything,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “Almost Famous.” Crowe, who began his career as a prodigiously young rock journalist for Rolling Stone (as documented in “Almost Famous”), has always made music a hugely important part of his pictures, with even his weaker efforts having great musical moments and soundtracks. So we decided, as with Martin Scorsese a few weeks back, to run down twenty of the finest on-screen music moments from Crowe’s movies. We've included clips from the films where available, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
If you like your movies dripping with sentiment (and good soundtracks), Cameron Crowe is your man. He will make you laugh, sure. But he will also have you crying your eyes out. In honor of his new movie Aloha, we take a look back at 10 times Cameron Crowe brought the tears. The Boombox Scene – Say Anything... (1989) Yeah there are some stalker vibes going on, but who cares? In Cameron Crowe’s hands it becomes a heartfelt and iconic moment of romantic longing. (The...
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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Madison Gate Records, the in-house record label of Sony Pictures Entertainment, have announced the release of Songs of Aloha (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the extraordinary musical companion to the upcoming Sony Pictures/Regency Enterprises film, Aloha.
The soundtrack will arrive in stores and at all DSPs on May 26th; Aloha opens in theatres across North America on May 29th.
The 19-track collection gathers Crowe’s always wide-ranging musical selections, spanning such renowned artists as Beck, David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac, and The Blue Nile, contemporary singer/songwriters like Kurt Vile, Josh Ritter, and The Tallest Man on Earth, eclectic new acts including Radical Face and Evening Hymns, and acclaimed ambient/electronic musicians Vancouver Sleep Clinic and Jónsi & Alex, »
- Movie Geeks
With acclaimed early Films “Say Anything …” and “Jerry Maguire” -— his first writing credit was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” — Cameron Crowe made a charmed transition from baby-faced rock journalist to Hollywood filmmaker of distinction. By the mid-1990s, he was hailed for his flair with well-observed, character-driven movies.
The 57-year-old writer-director-producer has chosen to work largely on his own terms, alternating quirky, often very personal films with several rockumentaries that returned him to his early life on the music scene.
As Sony Pictures plans a wide opening for his latest movie, “Aloha,” on May 29, Crowe is decades removed from his biggest successes, busy branching into television, and dearly in need of a return to top form, for both himself and for the studio.
It’s hard to measure expectations for “Aloha,” though, because of its fraught journey to the screen and its makers’ reticence to talk about the picture. »
- James Rainey
Chicago – The recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Festival was heavy on celebrity and filmmaker appearances. One of those special appearances was Oscar nominated actress Joan Cusack, who represented the film “The End of the Tour” on May 6th, and her Q&A was moderated by film critic Richard Roeper.
HollywoodChicago.com talked to both personalities, regarding their careers and their appearances at the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff).
Joan Cusack of “The End of the Tour”
Joan Cusack is a Chicago treasure, having grown up in nearby Evanston and having begun her movie career with a shot-in-Chicago classic, “My Bodyguard.” From there, she has garnered two Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actress in “Working Girl” and “In & Out.” She also key roles in classics like “Broadcast News,” “Say Anything…,” “School of Rock” and voice work in the “Toy Story” series. She appeared at the Ccff on behalf of director James Ponsoldt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
There aren't a lot of interesting movies hitting theaters this May. Heck, there aren't a lot of movies, period, hitting theaters this May. Sure, one title that will soon be crowned one of the biggest of all-time -- you know the one of which I speak -- after it bowed late last night to the tune of $27.6 million. Who knows, it could very well be the case that several of you read this article while you're standing in line to see the-movie-that-shall-not-be-named-until-page-two. And if that's the case, I urge you to share this with your cohorts, all those people standing around you looking for something to do until the movie finally (Finally!) starts. Do it now, don't worry, I'll wait. But back to what I was saying... Outside of a handful of blockbusters, there just isn't a lot on the release slate for the coming month. It's slim pickings, y'all! »
- Jordan Benesh
Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »
- Andre Soares
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. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new Cameron Crowe movie coming out next month. That may sound crazy because buzz around the film has been almost non-existant, but it’s true. The director of Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire and Say Anything is about to release Aloha, a Hawaiian-set military romance starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John […]
- Germain Lussier
Pre-order Singles from Amazon Us
In Seattle during the era of grunge music, the lives and relationships of a group of young people, all living in the same apartment building, go through a period of flux. Among them are waitress and aspiring architect Janet (Fonda), who finds herself obsessed with bad boy musician Cliff (Dillon); Linda (Sedgwick), an emotionally fragile environmentalist on the look-out for love; and Steve (Scott), a quintessential nice guy who studies traffic patterns.
The Blu-ray release of Singles is presented in 1080p with DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 surround. Extras include:
–25 Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes:
–The 16-minute “The Ballad of Janet and Dr. »
- Scott J. Davis
Few films have captured the complex inner lives of American teenagers better than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” Released three decades ago on February 15, the movie, with its expert casting, pitch-perfect dialogue and refreshing sincerity, helped pave the way for others like “Heathers,” “Say Anything” and “Mean Girls,” as well as groundbreaking TV shows like “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Virtually overnight, Hughes became the poet laureate of teen angst and a passionate chronicler of the modern high school experience. On the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.
10) Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, »
- Matthew Chernov
You had me at Aloha! Trailer till Cameron Crowes nya: http://t.co/LWkWfJH3Bx pic.twitter.com/RidVT3anTR
— MovieZine (@moviezine) February 12, 2015
Personally… well, it took a little longer than just hearing the title, but this trailer did get me onside before anybody had even opened their mouth to speak. And then when they did, they started sounding like Cameron Crowe characters and I knew I was going to get right back into that Say Anything-Jerry Maguire-Singles feeling.
- Brendon Connelly
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Aloha" comedy, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin. Check it out below. Plot: A celebrated military contractor (Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs - the Us Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii - and re-connects with a long-ago love (McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Stone) assigned to him. The new movie is written and directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Say Anything) and is set to hit theaters on May 29th. Trailer: »
Where’s Lloyd Dobler when you need him?
VH1’s whimsical ‘90s drama Hindsight - the best show you're not watching! - tips its cap to John Cusack’s 1989 cult classic rom-com Say Anything in tonight’s all-new episode and ETonline has the exclusive first look at their homage to the film's classic boombox scene.
Pics: 6 Times John Cusack Stole Your Heart
Things haven’t been going well between Lolly (Sarah Goldberg) and on-again/off-again fling Jamie (John Patrick Amedori), aka Becca’s younger brother. Tonight's episode finds BFFs Lolly and Becca (Laura Ramsey) sulking over their romantic mishaps and worrying over the fact that the future may turn out differently because of some unexpected meddling.
“Love hurts,” Lolly says, splayed out on the couch. “I keep trying to do the right thing but everything keeps getting away from me,” Becca opines as they rehash the night’s dramatic events.
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Few movie romances can pull of being both funny and endearing, but Say Anything... does it effortlessly. Cameron Crowe’s classic rom-com recently turned 25 and, just in time for Valentine’s Day, celebrate the holiday with this exclusive art that honors the film’s lovable hero -- Lloyd Dobler -- and one of his most quotable lines. Artist Peter Ware depicts the kickboxing enthusiast’s iconic gesture of love – serenading Diane Court with a boom box playing...
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He’s been a Hollywood star since his teens, when he starred in Class, Sixteen Candles and The Sure Thing, but thankfully John Cusack was never like the characters in David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars. A brutal satire about the players, wannabes and has-beens of Hollywood, Cusack plays Stafford Weiss, a self-help guru who peddles his therapies to the weak-minded. Father to the foul Benjie (Evan Bird), a rehab-hopping teen star of the ‘Bad Babysitter’ franchise, Stafford is just one of the soulless ghouls that haunts the Hollywood Hills in what is the Canadian Cronenberg’s first real foray into Tinseltown terrain.
For Cusack, it represents yet another impressive notch in a career that’s seen him work with Stephen Frears (The Grifters, High Fidelity), Woody Allen (Shadows and Fog, Bullets Over Broadway), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), Terence Malick (The Thin Red Line) and Clint Eastwood (Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil »
- Phil Wheat
For most of the four decades of his career as an actor, Jeremy Piven played That Guy. As in, “Oh look, it’s That Guy who played the cousin with anger issues on the 1990s sitcom Ellen!” Or, “Oh look! It’s That Guy who played the awful check-out clerk in the film Singles!” Or, most of all, “Oh look, it’s That Guy who always plays John Cusack’s obnoxious friend” (Piven has appeared alongside his childhood friend Cusack in Say Anything, The Grifters and Grosse Pointe Blank).
It’s not easy to be That Guy, to stand out when relegated to a bit part and surrounded by other, starrier players, as Piven seemed doomed to be. »
- Hadley Freeman
18 items from 2015
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