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10. With Honors (1994)
Not a film that pops up on most holiday lists, however, With Honors exudes the quintessential holiday spirit with a memorable final act, thoroughly laced with virtue, love and friendship. With Honors is the story of smug Harvard student; Montgomery Kessler (the name aptly characterizes Brendan Fraser) who meets squatter Simon (the one and only Joe Pesci) in the basement of the school library after his computer crashes jeopardizing his ticket to success – his final thesis. The one hard copy lands in Simon’s hands, and here’s the hook – for every day’s shelter and food that Monty provides, Simon will give him on page of his thesis back. A ransom of sorts that climaxes with Monty’s realization of what is truly worth striving for in life. This early 90’s film feels like a hiccup to the mastery of the great John Hughes’ movies of the 80’s. »
What if there was a smart pill that could turn you into a super genius overnight? Would you take it, and if so, what would you do with your newfound intellect? In Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays a writer who is struggling to find inspiration, when someone slips him an experimental drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain. It's the perfect drug for the information age, and it turns him into a "superman" of sorts, making him smarter, faster and more charming. Unfortunately, as you probably guessed, the drug comes with a few side effects as well. Based on the book The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, the movie certainly has an intriguing premise, but the question is, where does it go with it? Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones), this trailer appears to be more of a dark sci-fi thriller than a goofy comedy, which »
Did you ever want to see Bradley Cooper swallow a pill and become even sexier than he already is? Neil Burger (The Illusionist) has “unlocked that potential” and many more in his latest film, Limitless. Previously titled The Dark Fields, this drama/thriller also stars Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, and Anna Friel. Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire, upcoming Tower Heist) adapted Alan Glynn‘s novel. The first trailer below makes it seem a little hokey, especially with the lets-put-this-in-because-its-popular-now inclusion of Kanye West’s Power. Still, I won’t mind seeing Cooper and De Niro go head-to-head. Check out the trailer and poster below via Apple.
Synopsis: Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret smart drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced »
- Jordan Raup
As far as movies where dude comedians dress in drag and do lady stuff (and man stuff while dressed as ladies), the original “Big Momma’s House” is way up there. It has Paul Giamatti and Terrance Howard in it, after all.
In 2006, star Martin Lawrence returned to his role of cross-dressing undercover FBI agent Malcom Turner in “Big Momma’s House 2,” unfortunately sans Giamatti & Howard, but his charade as the eponymous Big Momma was nearly as big a hit as the first.
Now Lawrence is back for round three of the fatsuit fun in “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” which just premiered its new international trailer.
In the next chapter of what will henceforth be known as the “Big Momma Trilogy,” Turner’s stepson Trent witnesses a murder, and in order to shield him from the killers they Both hide out in over-sized lady costumes… and what better »
- Max Evry
Neil Burger‘s follow-up to The Illusionist (not Chomet’s well-received animation of course) is Limitless. Previously titled The Dark Fields, this thriller stars Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel and Tomas Arana. The premise is certainly interesting and with this promo for the pill in the film, the new title makes much more sense. Check it out below.
Plot: Based on the novel by Alan Glynn with a screenplay written by Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire, The Thomas Crown Affair, Hairspray), Limitless is an exciting “What if?” story that unveils a designer drug that could make you rich and powerful. Eddie (Bradley Cooper) is a down and out New York writer until he comes to possess a pill that gives him the ability to access the full capacity of his brain. Soon Eddie realizes the use of his newfound superior intelligence and success comes at a heavy »
- Jordan Raup
Earlier this week there was a brief bit of news that Dark Fields, the new film from Neil Burger (The Illusionist) had changed titles; the movie is now called Limitless. Now there's a sort of viral promo for the film. It features Bradley Cooper more or less in character as the pitchman for a wonderdrug called Nzt, aka 'the clear pill.' The drug can reportedly solve almost every problem known to man by allowing humans to access their entire physical and mental potential. But...there are a couple of possibly troubling side effects. Just a couple. Check out the promo after the break. Having seen that, it's easy to understand the new title. Limitless does a better job of representing the core idea of the drug and its effect than does Dark Fields. And there's a compelling cast to go along with the concept: Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, »
- Russ Fischer
Apparently Disney is considering sequelizing their 1997 "hit" Flubber, staring Robin Williams. The very first one, The Absent Minded Professor, spawned a sequel, Son of Flubber, so it's not really surprising Disney would continue to jump on the 3D craze with another property. I enjoyed Flubber, that is until I watched it several years later and realized how stupid it is. Good news this all hinders on Robin Williams involvement, bad news? This all hinders on Robin Williams involvement. Talk was running rampant about a Mrs. Doubtfire movie years ago and the comic killed that before it could even get started. I'm hoping he kills this as well. I would much rather watch a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel. »
- Chad Posey
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Inception The week's obvious top choice for purchase is Christopher Nolan's latest crowd-pleaser. I actually have the "Extraction Mode" from the Blu-ray release playing as I write this up, but haven't yet had a chance to take a look at the second disc. However, I am particularly interested in the 44-minute long "Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious" featurette on the second disc. This feature explores dream research and I would think in conjunction with the film would be rather intriguing.
I can tell you the image is exceptional and the DTS-hd soundtrack is equally up to task and should prove impressive on the right systems. If there's a 2010 film made for Blu-ray it's this one. I should have a full review soon. Cronos (Criterion Collection) This one I am almost done with my review already. I had never »
- Brad Brevet
Comedy Anthology Directed By Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, Peter Farrelly & More Now Known As 'Movie 43' Relativity Media have released their 2011 slate and in doing so revealed title changes on two of their films. Neil Burger's sci-fi-ish mindtrip thriller, "Dark Fields" starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Anna Friel has now changed its title to "Limitless." Written by Leslie Dixon, who wrote of all things, "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Freaky Friday" and "Pay It Forward," is still due on March 18, 2011. Let's hope Dixon used this as an exercise to channel a different voice. Relativity Media,… »
<p><img src="http://www.justpressplay.net/images/stories/Thewatcher.jpg" alt="Thewatcher" width="590" /></p> <p>Niche directors have always existed in filmmaking. You’ll have one visionary who finds his stride in one genre, like George Romero in horror, and never really leaves. Most directors prefer to play amongst the genres and dabble in each (and they typically benefit from the experience), but sometimes a director digs in, hunkers down, and cranks out one movie after another for the select audience that has projected them throughout their success. Tyler Perry is one such director. He knows his niche. His audience supports his endeavors (so far, unfailingly). And he continues down his road unabated by harsh words from critics (even I have to admit to having bashed on his work) or any threat from a competing filmmaker.</p> <p>The audience Tyler Perry has pursued went neglected by larger Hollywood studios for quite some time; the meager fare those studios did produce always tended toward condescending drivel that »
- Lex Walker
Funnyman Robin Williams enlisted the help of an Australian comic to help him "translate" his stand-up show for audiences Down Under.
The Mrs. Doubtfire star headed to the country earlier this month for performances in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
But Williams feared jokes which went down well with American fans might have been lost on Aussie audiences - so he worked with local comic Glenn Robbins to make sure he was properly prepared.
Robbins was introduced to the Hollywood star through another American comedian, Jeff Stilson, and admits he was nervous about giving advice to such a well-known celebrity.
He says, "That was a weird conversation, telling Robin Williams what he should say on stage during his tour of Australia. (Stilson) rang me and said, 'Can you give me a hand? I'm transposing Robin Williams' act for Australia'. Robin rang Jeff and said 'Here's my act. Can you take out the American references and replace them with Australian ones?'."
Robbins reveals he encouraged Williams to take a "risk" and trust his instincts when on stage in Australia. »
Sally Field has been celebrated by officials at her former high school - they have named the facility's newly-restored performing arts centre in her honour.
The Mrs. Doubtfire star returned to the Birmingham Community Charter High School in California's San Fernando Valley on Friday to meet pupils and teachers and unveil the auditorium's new plaque.
Field, who graduated from the school in 1964, made a speech during the unveiling ceremony and urged the youngsters to embrace the arts.
She said, "I want to say how lucky you are that this beautiful theater exists for you. Use it. Explore not only the world of language, the spoken word and that of storytelling - because that's what we do up here on this stage, we tell stories - but use it to explore you." »
Child actors are cuter than actual children: Fact. It’s a point that’s perfectly exemplified in this year’s box-office smash hit The Karate Kid. To celebrate its release on Blu-ray and DVD, we take a look back at the 10 cutest on-screen kids ever.
Son of Will and Jada Pinkett, Jaden first made his mark on the big screen starring alongside his dad in the Oscar-nominated drama The Pursuit of Happyness. At the age of eight, Jaden had an impressive screen presence and in The Karate Kid (out on Blu-ray and DVD November 15th) he’s truly come of age.
The original child star, Shirley became a box office sensation back in the 30s. She started her career at the age of three, turned Bright Eyes into a hit at the age of five and received a special Oscar at the age of six. Shirley »
- Paul Heath
You have to admit that Marc Webb is casting pretty high for the secondary parts in his Spider-Man reboot. Yesterday's announcement that Martin Sheen is closing in on the role of Uncle Ben is followed today by a similar announcement regarding Sally Field for the complementary role of Aunt May (and one that is far likelier to survive the series).
Brit actress Rosemary Harris was excellent in the part in the 2001-06 movies, though bearing little resemblance to the strangely witch-like figure of the traditional comics. I'm a huge fan of Sally Field, but I worry as to the reasons why they are casting her, as her glittering 70s career seemed to be followed with decades of soap-style movies of the week, only lightly interspersed with film projects. Starting out with a career-making performance as schizophrenic Sybil opposite Joanne Woodward in 1976, Fields is probably still best known among her 70s »
Producers of the Spider-Man reboot have cast Oscar winner Sally Field as Peter Parker's Aunt Mae and Emmy winner Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben. Both have long resumes and enviable careers. Field is currently on the TV series "Brothers and Sisters," and notable film roles include Forrest Gump, Norma Rae and Mrs. Doubtfire. Sheen is best known as playing President Bartlet on "The West Wing" and as a star of Apocolypse Now. But kids most likely know them as the Boniva spokeslady and Charlie Sheen's dad.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Hallmark, it’s time to come out with a new line of cards. “Here’s a card to say I love you. Because at the moment I’m too drunk to form words with my mouth.” In a touchingly stupid display of paternal love, Michael Lohan is threatening to go on a drinking binge in order to show his daughter how much he cares about her. Big Mike is considering getting intentionally sent to the Betty Ford Clinic in an effort to get close to Lindsay, who still refuses to see him. According to TMZ, he intends to show up at the clinic and “cause a scene” in order to gain admittance. Don’t try to follow the logic, because it isn’t there. In what seems like a bizarre and dark Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, the elder Lohan is even willing to stage his own arrest to convince the Betty Ford »
- Jordan Runtagh
The actor was the star-turn in many hit 1990s kids movies, including Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire, but he admits he was growing tired of the roles he was being offered - and was delighted when he got the chance to turn nasty for the two projects.
He tells Britain's Time Out magazine, "It’s very hard to convince people to offer you something else. I wasn’t getting offered (serious) roles! When I got offered them I said right away, 'I’ll do Insomnia, I’ll do One Hour Photo.' It was so freeing!
"As Anthony Hopkins said once, playing evil is seductive because you can explore behaviour that in real life you’d do prison time for. Most nasty f**kers are very charming." »
Katie Holmes is in talks to star opposite Adam Sandler and Al Pacino in Jack and Jill, directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups). According to THR, Jack, a family man, deals with his twin sister, Jill, when she visits for Thanksgiving then won’t leave. Sandler will play both siblings. Holmes would play Sandler’s wife; Pacino is set to play himself. This marks Holmes’ first major studio film since 2005’s Batman Begins and her first film role since appearing in the 2008 low-budget Mad Money.
Holmes has several movies already wrapped including romantic drama “The Romantics”, the crime thriller The Son of No One and the Guillermo del Toro-produced chiller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Holmes’ screen return is a good thing and it will be entertaining to see how her talents stack up against the likes of Sandler and Pacino. I think she might be capable of some good comedy, »
- Duncan McLeod
10 August 2010 10:01 PM, PDT | AMC Filmcritic's John Scalzi on Scifi | See recent AMC Filmcritic's John Scalzi on Scifi news »
Back in April, I made the point that some of the best science-fiction films out there were directed by filmmakers not generally associated with the genre -- showing that science-fiction film is not a hermetically sealed world. But there's a flip side to this: directors who have been successful outside of science fiction but who find themselves falling flat in the world of spacemen and speculation -- thus showing that, if it's not a closed-off genre, a filmmaker still has to do his homework.To make this point, here's a list of notable, celebrated, and even legendary directors who didn't quite get a grip on science fiction, in the order they've come into my head.Tim BurtonIf there's any working director whose creative chops would lend themselves to science fiction, it should be Burton, who has an decidedly otherworldly way of viewing reality. But his Mars Attacks! spoof of alien-invasion »
Here’s the latest news from AMPAS:
Tom Sherak was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on August 3rd, 2010 by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his second consecutive one-year term in the office. Sherak is beginning his eighth year as a governor representing the Executives Branch. He had previously also served as treasurer for the Academy.
If you remember, Sherak was a big supporter of the Academy’s brow-raising decision to expand the Best Picture Category from 5 to 10 nominees.
Here were the 10 Best Picture Nominees of 2010.
In July, Oscar recipients, director Kathryn Bigelow, film editor Anne Coates and documentarian Michael Moore became first-time electees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-Board of Governors. »
- Michelle McCue
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