11 items from 2015
American Hustle director to give talk in London in December.
Award-winning director, producer and writer David O Russell is to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture at BAFTA’s London headquarters on Dec 19.
The David Lean Lecture aims to inspire and inform practitioners and the public, by providing an insight into the experiences and outstanding creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers.
Russell is a two-time BAFTA-winner and five-time Oscar-nominee. Dame Pippa Harris, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, described the director as “a passionate and inspirational filmmaker”.
“Russell’s ability to coax extraordinary performances from his cast is truly exceptional, as is the range, wit, originality and sheer brilliance of the films he makes,” she added.
“We are extremely fortunate to have this chance to benefit from his insights into the industry.”
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Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
- Sasha Stone
Accidental Love, 2015.
A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause – but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?
Every other film released today seems to come with a narrative built around it, filling the minds of audiences with predestined verdicts before the film is even seen; It’s a remake, it’s a reboot, it’s a restarting franchise, it’s been pushed back, it’s blown its budget etc. In the case of Accidental Love, the chequered history to get the film seen is a story unto itself, with all involved having moved on »
- Gary Collinson
There are a number of movies with familiar faces premiering at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival this month, but Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" might feature the most intriguing trio of them all. The thriller reportedly centers on Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), a young FBI agent who is recruited into a CIA operation to take down a Mexican drug cartel boss. The mission will find her crossing paths with Matt Graves (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benecio Del Toro) and, according to the film's log line, will rock her "ethical and moral values to the limit." Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber and Jeffrey Donovan are some of the other notable names in the cast, but judging from the exclusive first look images Lionsgate has provided HitFix this may be Blunt's moment to shine. The Golden Globe winner is coming off impressive turns in "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Into The Woods" (and some might argue »
- Gregory Ellwood
At one point in “Accidental Love,” the movie’s crusading heroine flips on a TV and catches a glimpse of George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie opus “Night of the Living Dead.” And, like one of Romero’s own restless undead, this mirthless, misshapen social satire cum romantic comedy has managed to crawl out of the early grave to which it was consigned in 2008, back when its title was “Nailed” and its director was David O. Russell. Pieced together by unknown parties after years stuck in litigation (resulting from the bankruptcy of financier David Bergetsin’s Capitol Films), “Accidental Love” turns out to be no “Margaret”-style diamond-in-the-rough, but merely a not-particularly-interesting curio from the low ebb of a great director’s career. Russell (credited here as Stephen Greene), original producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, and the starry ensemble cast have understandably kept their distance from this opportunistic cash-grab release, »
- Scott Foundas
Angelina Jolie added a dose of star power to the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, which honored achievements in independent and world cinema.
Jolie, whose appearance had been whispered about but not announced in advance, was on hand Saturday night at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City to present career achievement honors to acting legend Gena Rowlands. The pair co-starred in 1998’s “Playing by Heart” and 2004’s “Taking Lives.”
Jolie followed an effusive and heartfelt speech from Lafca member Chuck Wilson, who proclaimed Rowlands the equivalent of Marlon Brando for her impact onscreen acting. Wilson then called on Jolie to introduce Rowlands, and the actress and “Unbroken” director delivered some very personal remarks, noting that she had studied Rowlands’ work when she was starting out in the biz.
She also nodded to Rowlands’ famed collaborations with her late husband, filmmaker and actor John Cassavetes, observing, “Every artist »
- Geoff Berkshire
David O. Russell's film previously known as Nailed has a new title and a first trailer, despite having been filmed seven years ago. Accidental Love is the story of a waitress (Jessica Biel) who gets spurned by her fiancé (James Marsden) after she gets a nail shot into her head and can't afford to get it removed. She seeks out a handsome politician (Jake Gyllenhaal) to help her reform health care, and wackiness ensues. This movie isn't at all like Russell's latest films American Hustle or The Fighter, but it might remind you of Flirting With Disaster, his 1996 comedy. Since Russell drew out of the project, directing credit is going to Stephen Greene, and it's written by former Saturday Night Live writer Kristin Gore, also known for being Al Gore's daughter. It's a weird one, and it costars Bill Hader, Tracy Morgan, Catherine Keener, and James Brolin. Check out the trailer below, »
Before there was the internationally acclaimed The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook or American Hustle, there was Nailed – a David O. Russell comedy that has languished in production hell since 2008. Now, effectively disowned by its director, it seems it will finally see the inside of a movie theatre, against all odds, and with the new, less interesting title of Accidental Love.
Starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Marsden, and written by Kristin Gore (War Story), Dave Jeser (The Cleveland Show), Matthew Silverstein (Golan The Insatiable) and David O. Russell, the movie takes a swipe at American healthcare provision – setting a romantic comedy amid insurance coverage issues.
“Formerly known as Nailed (David O. Russell), Accidental Love tells the story of a small-town waitress (Biel), who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head as her boyfriend (Marsden) attempts his marriage proposal. Her predicament leads her on a journey to Washington D. »
- Sarah Myles
Back in November, we reported that David O. Russell’s ill-fated, romantic satire "Nailed" would actually see the light of day, thanks to producers determined to reshoot, finish and release the picture in whatever marketable form they could. Now dubbed "Accidental Love," the first trailer for the film plays like a goofy rom-com of the McConaughey-Hudson era, albeit with hints of Russell’s biting perspective. What was dead is now reborn… as something far more generic. Is this how Nicole Kidman felt in "Birth"? "Accidental Love" follows Alice (Jessica Biel), the recent victim of a nailgun shot to the head, as she crusades to Washington D.C. in defense of all those afflicted by "weird conditions they can’t afford to fix." Ditched by her fiancée (James Marsden), Alice hooks up with an eager, young politician (Jake Gyllenhaal) and antics ensue. Though he’s turned his attention to more traditional drama fare, »
- Matt Patches
11 items from 2015
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