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Ever since first seeing Searching for Bobby Fischer when I was a young kid, I've been intrigued by chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and the very odd life he lived. While a few other films have been made about him, or the brilliant game(s) of chess he played, I haven't come across too much that has covered his life or dramatized it in a way that has provided this much depth. The latest film from Edward Zwick (of Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), titled Pawn Sacrifice, was once in the works with David Fincher at the helm, and stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer telling his life story from young chess prodigy to grandmaster and world champion. It's a solid reexamination of an eccentric historic figure. Zwick's take on Fischer's life isn't straightforward or groundbreaking, but doesn't have any tricks up its sleeves either. Pawn Sacrifice »
- Alex Billington
The “Match of the Century” — the 1972 chess tournament between American master Bobby Fischer and Russian star Boris Spassky — is brought to life in Pawn Sacrifice, the latest drama from director Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall). Detailing not just the history of the event but the emotions, psychologies and even paranoias of its principal players, the film casts two great actors — Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber — in a picture not just about the sport of chess but also the Cold War rivalries of the time. Indeed, Pawn Sacrifice premieres at a time […] »
- Scott Macaulay
It can be such a beautiful happening when the natural forces of humanity and the wild kingdom can get together and establish a sense of harmony in motion pictures. Also, it can be a compelling yet regrettable conflict as well when man and beast decide to collide in the interest of big screen entertainment. Whatever the case may be certainly does not matter because the concept of beasts of all species (rather it be of the four-legged or two-legged variety) collectively clashing or cooperating sends a special message about triumph, tragedy and just plain tenderness.
In Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies we will look at some of the best selections where man and animal co-exist whether it be in calmness or chaos. There is no doubt that one can come up with numerous top ten lists detailing their ideal man-animal themes in cinema. The struggle for »
- Frank Ochieng
The Silence of the Lambs star’s potential first series regular TV gig will have him playing the man in charge of a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack park guests, EW.com reports.
With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.
There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.
There are also »
- Drew Taylor
PANELSAdvice For Actors at Laff: 'Only One Man Can Do It, and You're Not Tom Cruise.' INTERVIEWS10 Filmmaking Tips from 'Legends of the Fall' Producer and Director Ed Zwick Brother-Sister Filmmaking Duo Ravi and Geeta Patel on Filming Their Parents in 'Meet the Patels' REVIEWSPepe Serna is a Standout in Ambiguous Detective Noir 'Man from Reno' How Do You Get Inside the Mind of a Prisoner? 'The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest' Pulls it Off Nathan Silver’s ‘Uncertain Terms’ Finds a Fresh Spin on Marital Problems 'Comet,' Starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, is a Cosmic Romance Worth Watching 'Winter’s Bone' on a Farm, 'Runoff' Marks a Strong Debut For Writer-Director Kimberly LevinMoving Danish Drama 'Someone You Love' Proves it's the Singer, Not the Song'The Young Kieslowski' is Yet Another Pregnancy Comedy ‘Out in the Night’ Indicts the Media and the Justice »
- Indiewire Staff
Everyone has a celebrity crush, right? Well, when you happen to be a celebrity, too, the secret's going to come out. Dax Shepard recently revealed in his interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he's loved Brad Pitt ever since Legends of the Fall, putting Dax in the long line of gentlemen (and ladies) who have a thing for the star. Seth Rogen had similar news to share when it came to filming Neighbors with Zac Efron, and understandably so. I mean, we won't soon forget all that flexing from the MTV Movie Awards, either. Dying to find out which other celebrities are hiding a secret man crush? Find out who experienced "circumstantial homosexuality," who fell in love in one day, and who isn't afraid to admit his costar is sexy when you read on! Source: Getty / David Becker, Dave Hogan, Carlo Allegri »
- Ryan Roschke
Though he has directed countless television shows, including "It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Fargo," "Mad Men" and "The Good Wife," Matt Shakman only recently directed his first feature film, "Cut Bank," which is screening this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Before he started filming the noir thriller, which stars Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich, he consulted his mentor, veteran writer-director-producer Ed Zwick ("Legends of the Fall," "Blood Diamond"), who had given Shakman his first shot at TV directing (on his show "Once & Again") and helped him produce "Cut Bank." "He was essentially my film school—and you can’t ask for a better mentor...He’s a genius and I found his words of wisdom incredibly helpful," Shakman told Indiewire. Below are Zwick's 10 Essential Filmmaking Tips 1. Remember to Breathe. You’ve worked for two years to get to this moment, and there’s no »
- Paula Bernstein
History is making another addition to its original programming with an order for a new miniseries, Sons of Liberty. Hot off the continued success of Vikings, and the critical acclaim of other miniseries efforts (like The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys), the network now aims at what looks like a pretty interesting take on the lives of the biggest names of the American Revolution.
It seems as though we’re going for a “no really, they were just actual people,” approach to things, apparently trying to show that these were real men, with real lives and real problems, who threw themselves into something, probably far beyond their expectations. That could be a story worth telling, and there are some great cast members involved. Some audiences may have to be convinced that Ryan Eggold can get them to like him after he so recently got them to hate him on The Blacklist, »
- Marc Eastman
Dax Shepard's love affair with Brad Pitt just got a little more intimate. Earlier this week, the Parenthood actor, 39, visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where Ellen honored his well-known obsession with Pitt by giving him a Legends of the Fall-themed painting showing the two of them together. On Friday, Shepard's wife, Kristen Bell, makes her own appearance on the show, and reveals just where her husband decided to hang the painting. "It was the first thing he showed me when he got home," says Bell, 33. "He's like, 'Come on to my trunk, I gotta show you what Ellen got me. »
- Tim Nudd
Dax Shepard is friends with plenty of famous folks, but there's still one celebrity who can make him starstruck - Brad Pitt. The Parenthood star dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for an interview that will air on Wednesday to explain his close encounter with Brad and Angelina Jolie. First, Dax starts off by explaining that he loves Brad as much as his wife, Kristen Bell, loves sloths, saying that he developed a man crush on him during Legends of the Fall. He then went on to talk about what happened when he went to the Oscars with Kristen and Brad had some special words to say to him. Watch the interview to find out what went down. Front Page Image Source: Michael Rozman / Warner Bros. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
When Dax Shepard visited The Ellen Degeneres Show, he found himself following the lead of his wife Kristen Bell, who memorably spent the segment discuss her tearful -- and viral -- obsession with sloths. Video: Kristen Bell's Tearful Sloth Encounter on 'Ellen DeGeneres' Gets Auto-Tuned "The only thing that I love on par with sloths is Brad Pitt," revealed Shepard in an interview that airs Wednesdy, adding that his admiration began 1994, when Pitt starred in Legends of the Fall. Shepard then recounted the hilarious moment that he finally met the actor-producer at the Oscars earlier this year. "I had
- Ashley Lee
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things.
Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
- Michelle McCue
Interview Ryan Lambie 14 Mar 2014 - 06:29
In person, Terry Gilliam's every bit as mischievous, funny, generous and entertaining as you'd hope. The director of some wonderful science fiction and fantasy films, from Jabberwocky to Time Bandits and Brazil to The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys, he's one of the most imaginative and individual filmmakers working - and then there are the wonderful animated short films he created, which came to international prominence thanks to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
When we meet Mr Gilliam on the fifth floor of a London hotel, the sun's shining through the window and the director's positively beaming. He's encouraged because there's plenty of light and fresh air in the room - a stark contrast, he says, to the sometimes dark and claustrophobic rooms he »
Exclusive: Phase 4 Films acquired North American rights to A Night In Old Mexico, the Emilio Aragon-directed film that stars Robert Duvall. The film will be released in May, shortly after making its debut at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival. Duvall plays a stubborn Texas rancher who’s forced to give up his land and home, and to retire to a trailer park. Instead, he flees in his Cadillac and hits the road with his estranged grandson (Jeremy Irvine) for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze, which sounds like a much better way to go out. Pic is produced by Sunmin Park, J.Ethan Park, Emilio Aragón, Bill Wittliff, Robert Carliner, Robert Duvall, Daniel Ecija and César Vargas. The script was written by Bill Wittliff, whose writing in the adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove still rates as one of the greatest »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) and Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall) deliver heartfelt performances as Abbey and Dermot, a couple struggling to find their way in life. After retreating to the rugged expanse of the Irish countryside, their happy existence is upended when Abbey discovers she’s pregnant.
Dermot, a long-since disgraced professor, has no interest in being a father. With their lives now at a crossroads, Abbey and Dermot’s relationship hangs in the balance. They must both face the truth of who they are and which path in life to take that will finally lead them home.
- Michelle McCue
Photo by: Michael Tompkins/Syfy
You’ve got to love a show that gets stronger over time… or at least gets higher ratings, and since that’s exactly the case with Syfy‘s Haven, fans can relax for quite a while. The network has ordered 26 new episodes, and they will air as a split fifth season. 13 will air in the fall, and the remaining 13 will air sometime in 2015.
According to the announcement, it isn’t just ratings that are high on the network’s radar. Up on the social media chatter front, the show is clearly proving itself as one with loyal, and vocal, fans, and the network is paying attention to that.
Photo by: Michael Tompkins/Syfy
It may well be a show that draws the occasional eye roll from critics (because… come on, some of those troubles are goofy), and it may even be working its way toward »
- Marc Eastman
Haven fans no longer need to worry about the show’s fate. Not only has it been renewed for a fifth season, but Syfy doubled the usual episode order and greenlit 26 episodes:
“Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of its hit series Haven, which posted growth in both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 last year. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.
Tallying its best season ever in social mentions and Twitter activity, Haven’s recently wrapped fourth season was up 11% among Adults 18-34 (314,000) and up 3% year-to-year among Adults 18-49 (926,000). Overall, Haven averaged 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 2.3 million viewers per week and ranked second in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 among original cable series in its Friday 10Pm Et/Pt time slot. (All data Live +7).
- Jonathan James
Wow, dreams really Can come true! Not only has Syfy renewed our beloved Haven for another season, but it has put in a double order – yes, Twenty-six episodes of Haven coming our way! Am I concerned that this is supposed to be a “congratu-dolences” because it might be a final two seasons? Of course I am. Do I think that’s what it is? No I Do Not. Will I let any such concerns dampen my celebrations? No Way.
Syfy Doubles Up On Fan-favorite Series Haven Ordering 26 New Episodes First 13 Episodes To Premiere This Fall
New York – January 28, 2014 – Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of its hit series Haven, which posted growth in both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 last year. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.
Tallying its best season ever in social mentions and Twitter activity, »
- Erin Willard
The Cinema Audio Society has named producer, writer and director Edward Zwick as the recipient of this year’s Cas Filmmaker Award.
Zwack will receive the prize at the 50th Annual Cas Awards on Feb. 22 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
“It seems fitting that in celebration of 50 years of the Cas we are honoring Edward Zwick, a producer/director/writer of both award winning film and television,” Cas President David E. Fluhr said in a statement. “His projects on both the big and small screen have consistently demonstrated a commitment to quality in story and craft, particularly sound.”
The Academy Award-winning producer first gained prominence as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute in 1975 with his short film “Timothy and the Angel” and later teamed up with Marshall Herskovitz to create the Emmy Award-winning TV series “Thirtysomething.”
Zwick’s feature film career began when he helmed the »
- Andrea Seikaly
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