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“On the Road Again” is the rallying song of many a movie comedy, including the romantic comedy ( or rom-com ). From It Happened One Night to The Long, Long, Trailer, to Flirting With Disaster many obstacles are thrown at the young lovers along their journey. Such is the case with the new film Here’S The Kicker. The two main travelers are trying to head along the highway into a bright new future together while trying to navigate through old friends, family, and nostalgia for the glories of the past.
Simon is a former ace college field-goal kicker, now struggling in the catering biz. His gal Brittany is using her make-up skills working on porno shoots. They dream of a better life and soon hit upon a game plan. They’ll head back to her hometown of Victory, TX ( Hmm, sports metaphor? ), not far from his home town, and open up »
- Jim Batts
Alan Alda is known by much of the world from his starring role on "M*A*S*H." He is also a film actor ("Flirting With Disaster"), a theater actor ("Art"), a writer-director ("Betsy's Wedding"), and quite the raconteur. Daniel Sullivan is a director noted for his collaborations with America's great playwrights—including Wendy Wasserstein, Jon Robin Baitz, Donald Margulies, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Lynn Nottage. Sullivan served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre in the 1980s and '90s. Who knew he also worked as an actor in the 1960s and '70s? They're collaborating on Alda's world-premiere play "Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie," opening Nov. 1 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The play centers on Marie Curie, the ultimate hyphenate: Polish-French physicist-chemist whose life bridged the 19th and 20th centuries as she studied radiation. "The play," Alda has said, "tells so much about her, but it also tells about who we. »
- email@example.com (Dany Margolies)
Mary Tyler Moore: 2012 SAG Award Life Achievement Award Moore showcased her dramatic talent in her Emmy-nominated depiction of TV correspondent Betty Rollins' battle with breast cancer in the 1978 CBS telefilm First You Cry. [Photo: Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke in the television movie The Gin Game.] In 1980 Moore was nominated for an Oscar® for her riveting portrayal of Beth Jarrett, a bitter mother coping with the death of one son and the attempted suicide of another in the Robert Redford-directed drama Ordinary People. The same year she continued to explore painful subject matter onstage in the hit Broadway play Whose Life Is It, Anyway? which earned her a Tony for playing a quadriplegic sculptor fighting to determine her own destiny, a role originated by Tom Conti and rewritten for its female star in her Broadway debut. Other feature films include: Six Weeks, opposite Dudley Moore; David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster; and Peter Calahan's dark comedy Against the Current, opposite Joseph Fiennes and Justin Kirk, »
- Steve Montgomery
Art Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur
48th Annual Accolade to be Presented
During the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29, 2012
Los Angeles (September 8, 2011) – Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade - the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.
Moore will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p. »
- Michelle McCue
One Fall tells the story of a man who miraculously survived a terrible fall from a spectacular 200 foot- high precipice that is the area.s major attraction. After recovering, he abruptly abandoned friends and family and disappeared without explanation. The secret he couldn’t share with them was that, while recovering, he had suddenly developed the power to heal others. Tired of running away, he returns home after a long absence and decides to use his gift – but not altruistically. If people pay him, he will cure them. Though he appears to be doing the right thing, he is doing it for for all the wrong reasons, and risks driving away anyone who ever loved or trusted him. »
- Michelle McCue
A recent screening of Walking and Talking kicked off a month-long celebration of indieWIRE's 15th anniversary at 92YTribeca. Next up: Miranda July. I first saw Walking and Talking, Nicole Holofcener's directorial debut, when I was in college at my campus cinema. My best friend and I became immediately obsessed, quoting it constantly, relating it to our own lives (in spite of being in our late teens and living in Florida). Coming into my own as a moviegoer in the mid-90s, I gravitated towards these dialogue-heavy indies - Flirting with Disaster, Kicking and Screaming - and recognized them as heirs apparent to Woody Allen. My senior year of college, I became the program director of that campus cinema, but I hadn't imagined it would lead to a career in which I would, fifteen years later, organize an anniversary screening of Walking and Talking. On Wednesday, July 6, as 92YTribeca's film programmer, »
Paladin, the distributor that was recently behind Tom Shadyac’s I Am, has acquired the upcoming drama One Fall, and we have your first exclusive look at the film. Produced by Dean Silvers and Marlen Hecht (Flirting With Disaster, Spanking the Monkey), it is the directorial debut from Marcus Dean Fuller. Check out the photo above which features Fuller, next to Mark Margolis (Pi, The Fountain, and the upcoming Immortals) and click for high-resolution.
Fuller is joined by a cast that includes Zoe McLellan (Dirty Sexy Money), James McCaffrey (Rescue Me), Phyllis Somerville (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mark La Mura (Something Borrowed), Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie), and newcomer Seamus Mulcahy.
Paladin will release the film this August and you can see the press release below, which includes a synopsis.
New York, NY (June 21, 2011) — One Fall, a powerful story about a man who is both blessed and cursed with an unusual power, »
- Jordan Raup
Lionsgate had tentative plans to release Machine Gun Preacher in the fall, but three other films -- Warrior, Abduction, and Safe -- will occupy the studio's resources with September/October release dates. Relativity's fall is lighter, with Shark Night 3D in September and Immortals in November -- as newcomers to distribution, the studio is eager for product to push. The schedules worked out such that, per Risky Business, Lionsgate will hand off the domestic release for Machine Gun Preacher to Relativity. (Lionsgate will still handle international distribution.) Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan in the biopic about Sam Childers, "a drug-dealing biker who found God and became an activist on behalf of child soldiers in Sudan. Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directed the $30 million independent production from a script by Jason Keller. No official release date is set, but Machine Gun Preacher is still on the agenda for Fall 2011. Hit the jump for details on Bastards, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.
Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!
B. Monkey (1999)
Streaming Available: 05/01/2011
Director: Michael Radford
Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »
- Travis Keune
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its jurors who will be choosing the winning films, filmmakers and actors from the six competitive Festival categories. The thirty-eight jurors consist of award-winning filmmakers, screenwriters and notorious actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Cera. Winners will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 28, which will be hosted by Gideon Yago and streamed live on TribecaFilm.com. Below is the press release from Tribeca.
Please visit www.tribecafilm.com for more details. The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Announced
David O. Russell, David Gordon Green, Dianne Wiest, Souleymane Cissé, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Rainn Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Denis Leary,Atom Egoyan and Fran Lebowitz are Among the 38 Festival Jurors
New York, NY – April 18, 2010 – The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its jurors »
- Christopher Clemente
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:
The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition »
- Sean O'Connell
David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Dianne Wiest, Jason Sudeikis, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Rainn Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Denis Leary, Atom Egoyan and Fran Lebowitz are among the 38 jurors for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 20 to May 1. “This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, in a statement. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Netflix Watch Instantly is not only the best thing since sliced bread, it is so great that future great things must now be called "the best thing since Netflix Watch Instantly". However, as competitors rise and studios become more wary of cutting into their revenue from rentals, Netflix must constantly find new titles to add to its expanding library. Reuters reports that Netflix is close to a $100 million deal with Miramax to stream the studio's 700+ titles for the next five years. Here are just a few of the films that could be coming to Netflix if this deal works out: Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, Flirting with Disaster, Chasing Amy, Jackie Brown, Rounders, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and City of God. Yeah, you can take a back seat, Sliced Bread. »
- Matt Goldberg
The pitch package also involves buying the rights to the book Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film. The book was penned by Jimmy McDonough and first published in 2005.
Here is a part of the book’s synopsis:
In a career that spanned more than forty years, Meyer created a body of work that has influenced a legion of filmmakers, fashionistas, comic book artists, rock bands and even the occasional feminist.”
Meyer died in 2004 and made over twenty films since the 1950s. He wrote, directed, produced, financed and often distributed his own pics—and placed with beautiful big breasts women in central roles, during the height of the sexual revolution. Some of his flicks include Faster, Pussycat! Kill! »
- Nikola Mraovic
Fox Searchlight is in talks for a biopic pitch package about exploitation B-movie director Russ Meyer for David O. Russell to direct. The pitch package also involves acquiring the rights to the book “Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film." The book was written by Jimmy McDonough and first published in 2005. Here is the book’s synopsis: “Russ Meyer, cult hero, creator of the sexploitation film, and the Wall Street Journal called the King Leer of Hollywood, made movies that filled the big screen with ‘big bosoms and square jaws.’ In the first candid and fiendishly researched account of the late cinematic instigator’s life, Jimmy McDonough shows us how Russ Meyer used that formula to turn his own crazed fantasies into movies that made him a millionaire and changed the face of American film forever. “This former WWII combat photographer immortalized »
A big winner at this year's snooze-inducing Oscars, where it nabbed Best Supporting gongs for both Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, David O. Russell's "The Fighter" makes it way to Blu-ray and DVD as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.
The praise is warranted.
A jacked up Mark Whalberg stars in this true uplifting story as Micky Ward, a talented boxer held down by his drug addled brother/trainer Dicky (Bale) and domineering mother/manager Alice (Leo). When he meets feisty bartender Charlene (Amy Adams), Micky finally comes to realize what he needs to do in order to break free from his family and own the ring.
Director Russell is a master a orchestrating controlled chaos (just watch "Flirting with Disaster," "I Heart Huckabees" and "Three Kings" for proof). "The Fighter" finds him on familiar turf, although it marks his first sports film and unabashed awards bait. »
- Nigel Smith
There isn't much of a better way to describe Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell's "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" than its title, which concisely suggests its size and function and though it's unmistakably human in its warmth, it's an indie road movie that runs like clockwork in the tradition of other such films.
The title is also a reference to the profession of Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman), a "freelance technologist" as she bills herself in the ad she posts in the opening frames of the film, a job that requires her to ask people about their connection to technology and have an insatiable curiosity about how things work. And soon after unhinging the backs of iMacs and old radios, giving the latter a come hither "well, hello there," Sarah is so obsessed with the electronic configuration of a pregnancy test that she barely notices it reads positive, setting her »
- Stephen Saito
 David O. Russell fans the world over mourned last summer when he announced that he'd quit  as writer/director of the political satire Nailed. After two years of production delays and shutdowns due to money troubles on the part of financial backer David Bergstein, Russell finally decided he'd had enough and backed out with just "one key scene" left to shoot. Although the film had a new owner by that point, Bergstein's partner Ron Tutor, he and Russell were unable to reach an agreement. Tutor announced at the time that he still planned to complete the film with another director, and Russell gave a very polite statement wishing Tutor the best. And now it seems Tutor's making good on his promise: last night, a select audience in Los Angeles was shown a rough cut of the movie. Read more after the jump. To refresh your memory, Nailed centers around a »
- Angie Han
Remember Nailed, the film David O Russell helmed before he made the Oscar-nominated The Fighter? That picture, which endured a litany of production shutdowns before Russell finally exited because he couldn't get the money for post-production, got a recruited screening last night at the Arclight Pasadena. The film became a symbol of the financial troubles that have plagued embattled financier/producer David Bergstein, and sure enough, I'm told the cast and filmmakers were left in the dark about it. I've gotten reports from the premises. The title wasn't divulged on the invitation, but the invite played up that this was a movie made by Russell--who was remade into an Irishman. The invite described the film as "From David O'Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of The Fighter, Three Kings and Flirting with Disaster." The pic stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan and Paul Reubens. It's basically a satirical comedy about health care. »
- MIKE FLEMING
David O. Russell‘s The Fighter has grossed over $100 million at the worldwide box office, along with two Academy Awards for supporting actors Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. The long-gestating sports drama also snagged nominations for Best Picture, Directing, Original Screenplay, Editing and another supporting actress nod for Amy Adams. This road to acclaim was long and winding, full of peaks and valleys. Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct a bigger version of the story, but dropped out to work on his RoboCop remake and eventually Black Swan. With a restricted budget ($25 million), Mark Wahlberg‘s passion project found a director in Russell, making it his first feature since 2004′s flop I Heart Huckabees.
During this six-year period Russell was struggling to get another film made: Nailed, an unfinished comedy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel reportedly “one key scene” away from completion. The production was shut down four times due to financial problems, »
- Jordan Raup
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