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Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.
The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.
Kicking off this year’s lineup is Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The film will screen on Wednesday, June 5, two days ahead of its U.S. release. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Whedon and cast members Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, »
- Emily Rome
When I had first heard about Rachel McAdams and her time traveling beau in About Time I thought it sounded dangerously close to another movie she starred in, The Time Traveler’s Wife. Rest assured that this is more of a comedy like Groundhog Day except that rather than being trapped in a time loop, the time traveler in question (Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 and 2) is on a quest to get all the best moments, just right.
International Trailer: About Time
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Anything with Bill Nighy is a must see in my book.
- Jess Orso
If you’re a Cannes newcomer, there are only three things you absolutely need to know: How to converse with the natives, how to converse with festgoers and how to maneuver the parties.
The first two are easy. It’s that third item that’ll getcha every time.
With the natives, don’t forget you’re in a foreign country so “bonjour” and “merci” goes a long way. It’s as simple as that. They all speak English fluently, but they like the fact that you made an effort.
When speaking to other festgoers, you need only two questions: “When did you get in?” and “How long you here for?”
Which brings us to parties. In Cannes, it’s the films that get all the attention, but the parties are the engine that keep the whole thing moving.
Some Cannes parties are memorable. Most are like Groundhog Day, where you »
- Timothy M. Gray
This is sci-fi, but it’s barely sci-fi. It’s essentially a romantic comedy using sci-fi as a plot device for romcom shenanigans. So I don’t really consider it sci-fi. Even though technically it is. But then again, so is “Groundhog Day”, and I don’t think anyone really considers that sci-fi, right? After all, the way the main character travels through time here is by stepping into a dark closet. That’s kinda, uh, strange. Anyways, check out the first trailer for Richard Curtis’ “About Time”. It looks sweet enough, and Rachel McAdams is definitely worth constantly traveling through time for. I mean, that smile. Wow. I’d kill Hitler for that smile (even though, apparently, I wouldn’t be able to according to the film’s conceit, which is kind of strange, but whatever). At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his »
Do you feel it in your fingers? Do you feel it in your toes? Love, Actually writer/director Richard Curtis has a new science-fiction romantic comedy on the horizon. And so the feeling grows. In About Time, a young man (Domhnall Gleeson) is told by his father (Bill Nighy) that the men of their family have the ability to travel in time. Naturally, he sets upon using the incredible talent to get lucky Daft Punk-style and sets out to woo a young lady played by Rachel McAdams. There’s a touch of Groundhog Day here, what with the opportunity to call Mulligan and redo specific moments in time, and knowing Curtis’ strengths as a storyteller, it may turn out just as rich and lively. He’s never been one for the surface-level gimmick, and the trailer tilts in that direction (while adhering to the strange rule that McAdams has to run around in her underwear for »
- Scott Beggs
"I hope I see you again?" "You will. My whole life depends on it." Wow this looks amazing. I'm a sucker for a heartfelt, wonderful Richard Curtis story and this time he's outdone himself. Curtis' latest is a film called About Time, a love story about a man who learns he can time travel and uses that to go back and get things right in his life. It has a feeling of Notting Hill meets Groundhog Day, but with all of its own quirks. Mainly that Domhnall Gleeson stars along with Rachel McAdams. There are so many wonderful, sweet, funny, nervous moments in this trailer. I cannot wait to see this. Everything I was hoping for and so much to love. Watch the first international teaser trailer for Richard Curtis' About Time, originally from MSN UK: Love doesn’t always go to plan, but imagine you had a way to redo all your mistakes? »
- Alex Billington
by David Harkness, Morehorror.com
In 1980 you may have been pleasantly mortified by Charles Kaufman’s Mother’s Day. In 1993 people everywhere were mesmerized by a simple weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again in Harold Ramis’Groundhog Day. In 1996, July 4th was given a new name in terror when aliens invaded the U.S. in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. In 2010 you may have cuddled up to Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, or checked out Chris Lamartina’s President’s Day. In 2013, and for every year after, you will associate the holiday that falls annually on May 7th with the horrors, humor, and startling imagery of a high school educator gone mad in Jared Masters’ Teachers’ Day, a shocking, unexpected to-be hit holiday movie.
It was on May 7th, 2013, on Teachers’ Day, nationwide, that Frolic Pictures announced wrapping principle photography on »
The title of this week's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Climb," has a dual meaning (and neither of them are related to the Miley Cyrus single). Figuratively, some continue to climb the ladder of power, as Varys and Littlefinger come face to face, and Tywin has a tête-à-tête with Lady Olenna. Literally, Jon Snow and the rest of his Wilding camp are faced with the daunting task of scaling the Wall. The adventure ultimately brings Jon and Ygritte even closer together, but they're the only ones who are getting any action these days. Sansa is filled in on the news that she's not going to wed her top crush, Loras, and I have a feeling Shae's not going to be putting out for Tyrion anytime soon. Let's break down all the big moments we'll be talking about until the next episode when you read more. The rock-climbing date from hell. »
- Becky Kirsch
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Previously on Glee, Blaine Warbler did some dumb stuff with Eli C. and so Kurt broke up with him forever — except for Christmas and weddings and funerals and Valentine's Day and Halloween and Arbor Day and Citizenship Day and Groundhog Day and Susan B. Anthony Day. Finally Blaine just told Kurt that they were going to be together for all the days, "And don't freak out, but my doctor says I've contracted Ultimate Tight Pants Syndrome (Utps) and apparently it's contagious." Rachel got a callback for Fanny Brice. Brittany got an invitation to MIT. And Finn Hudson joined Clown College.
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Rachel calls up Mr. Schue to tell him he's the number one main reason that she's about to land a major Broadway role at the tender age of 19. She says he inspired her so much that »
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director/co-writer Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman. The drama is based on the book by Anthony Bruno that chronicles the life of Richard Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon), a professional hitman who kept his work secret from his family. The contract killer received the nickname “The Iceman” because he froze the bodies of his victims in order to disguise their time of death and throw the authorities off track. The film also stars Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Robert Davi, and Danny Abeckaser. For more on The Iceman, watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Michael Shannon. We talked about the way he prepares for a role, making The Iceman, the balance between Hollywood-izing the subject matter versus also telling the real story, whether he still has to audition, and so much more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
No one plays imposing and unsettling quite like Michael Shannon. The looming 6’4″ actor, best known for his characters in Revolutionary Road — for which he was nominated for an Oscar — Take Shelter, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, commands attention in every scene he’s ever done, wielding a hollowed-out stare that can even shake audiences seated in the last row of the theater. There’s always a hint of menace behind those unblinking eyes, the potential for something wild and dangerous — even when his character’s intentions are pure.
In The Iceman, which opens in theaters on May 3, Shannon plays a »
- Jeff Labrecque
Here's a fun little chart by Tumblr author "Mr. Dalliard." We're assuming he or she took their moniker from a pseudo-imaginary character in the British comedy series A Bit of Fry & Laurie, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. So, points for that. The flowchart shows the numerous genres, time-travel theories, and other wackiness surrounding the process of hopping between the past and future. There are spoilers, but they're fragments and not full-on explanations, so it's probably cryptic enough to take a look at these plot twists. Besides, we hope most of you have seen films like Groundhog Day and Terminator by now or we simple can't be friends anymore. The allure of time-travel films hasn't faded, which is why movies like...
- Alison Nastasi
Three years ago, Derek Cianfrance enjoyed success on a big scale with his small-scale breakthrough movie: Blue Valentine, the story of a claustrophobically unhappy relationship between a married couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Now he has opened things up and let rip with an operatically ambitious picture, starring Ryan Gosling as Luke, a stunt-bike rider, and Bradley Cooper as an ambitious young police officer, Avery. It's a blue-collar drama-thriller of cops and robbers, fathers and sons; a tale of class, fate, biology and destiny, superficially in the manner of Dennis Lehane, and concluding with an explosive coincidence measuring 978 on the Thomas Hardy Richter Scale.
Talking about this movie on the way out with other journalists, I discovered that some felt its »
- Peter Bradshaw
Some of the sweetest early-nineties comedies somehow inspired some of the bitterest feuds, and though Bill Murray and Harold Ramis still haven't reconciled after filming Groundhog Day, at least the trio of talents who gave us Wayne's World have decided to settle their differences. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy president Hawk Koch convinced Mike Myers to patch things up with his former friend Dana Carvey (who felt that Myers had stolen his Lorne Michaels impression to use for Austin Powers villain Dr. Evil) and director Penelope Spheeris (who Myers barred from working on Wayne's World 2 after an editing-room disagreement); the three will reunite for an Academy panel in Los Angeles later this month. "We're all getting too old to be pissed," Spheeris told the Reporter. "Wayne's World has such a beautiful, uplifting spirit about it. Why should there be a dark cloud?" What else is there to say »
- Kyle Buchanan
Stars: Steve Carell, Luke Vanek, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig, Mason Cook | Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley | Directed by Don Scardino
Of all the genres the hardest one by far to critique is comedy. With genres like drama, action, and suspense there is a stable of universality to them where we can recognize certain distinct qualities that make them great. When it comes to comedy the bottom line is typically—is it funny—which is where the subjectivity lays. What one person finds funny someone else may find mind-numbingly offensive. Just think there was an actual time and place when people thought Pauly Shore was a legit comedian. On the other hand there are certain uniform factors comedies need to be successful. When looking at a film like The Incredible Burt Wonderstone it is not hard to determine it »
- Dan Clark
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Were you expecting a three-part Bill Murray video essay when you woke up today? Probably not. But as it turns out, it's totally the perfect way to spend your afternoon, revisiting some of the highlights from nearly all of Murray's films, but not necessarily focusing on all the most famous stuff. There are instantly recognizable clips from Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, of course, but not necessarily the most famous lines, plus scenes from movies like Tootsie and Little Shop of Horrors that are rarely remembered for Murray's roles in them. Then there's movies like Where The Buffalo Roam and Mad Dog and Glory, which I had never even heard of, much less remembered Murray's roles in them. The actor who once seemed so synonymous with his most famous characters has actually managed to reinvent himself in recent years, and it's amusing to see roles as different as The Royal Tenenbaums »
A Groundhog Day-esque action drama, Repeaters is one of those films that will fly under the radar of many despite its impressive pedigree. Penned by Arne Olsen, who has one hell of a writing CV having worked on Red Scorpion, Cop and a Half and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie amongst many others, the film follows three troubled youths – Kyle, Sonia and Mike – at a drug-rehab center who, following an electric shock, end up repeating the same day over and over again. The trio quickly embrace their new gift, having all the fun they could ever want which includes committing crimes without any fear of reprisals. However once the fun starts to get a little too dangerous Kyle and Sonia decide they want to use their “gift” to help people, »
- Phil Wheat
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