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Here's the best of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Crackle for the beginning of December. So cheer up, Charlie Brown! Netflix "Almost Famous" Fifteen years after Cameron Crowe's amazing film about his time as a young "Rolling Stone" intern made us fall in love with Kate Hudson, it remains a singular accomplishment. The immersive, heartfelt movie has an incredible soundtrack and great performances across the board. Never forget that Katy Perry had to change her name from Katy Hudson so as not to be confused with Goldie Hawn's Oscar-nominated daughter. "American Beauty" Kevin Spacey's existential crisis. Annette Bening's fury. Thora Birch's woefulness. Chris Cooper's scariness. These are the kinds of things that make a Best Picture. The dream sequences involving Mena Suvari certainly weren't a detriment. "Batman Forever" Jim Carrey's performance as the Riddler in this cartoonish romp might be the most »
- Louis Virtel
With a bruised heart I have to report to Awg members that our dear colleague Jeff Truman has delivered his last script.
Tragically, Jeff suffered a massive brain bleed last Sunday and passed away on Tuesday 2nd December without waking up. He was 57.
Jeff was one of the television industry.s true professionals. Over a career spanning more than 30 years he wrote almost 200 hours of produced drama - everything from Neighbours, for which he contributed over 100 episodes, to the new Seven Network crime drama Winter and, most recently, Doctor Blake. His scripts for Fat Tony & Co were widely considered to be the pick of the series, and in 2013 he took home a long overdue Awgie for his fine work on Underbelly Badness. Any way you look at it, until two days ago Jeff Truman was working at the height of his powers.
Jeff was a writer who always delivered, both »
- Peter Gawler*
Over the past decade, Lee Smith has worked alongside Christopher Nolan as the director has climbed to the highest peaks of Hollywood, with "Batman Begins," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." I recently had the chance to speak to Smith about his approach to editing, Nolan, their relationship, and their change of pace (both literal and figurative) that is "Interstellar." Coming from an Australian family deeply involved in the film industry, Smith started his career working in sound. In the editing realm, he cut his teeth on genre films like "The Howling III" and "RoboCop 2" and soon began a collaboration with Peter Weir on titles such as "Fearless," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination). While working in Hollywood on "Master," Smith was first asked if he was interested in meeting Nolan, »
- Gerard Kennedy
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Convergence is described as a college-age ensemble piece in the vein of Flatliners, The Matrix, and Fight Club based on real life “science fact”. It follows a group of underground biotech engineers, including an MIT student wunderkind, exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control.
The actor, director, and producer currently stars as Stefan Salvatore on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries. The series is in its sixth season and will return from its midseason hiatus with a January episode that Wesley directed, his second after making his directorial debut on the show last season.
“My first couple of hiatuses I was looking for indies to »
- Jen Yamato
Believe it or not, Jim Carrey has graced the big screen for over 30 years.
Carrey started off as a stand-up comic in Canada, but veered towards TV and film a few years after his move to Hollywood. The actor landed a variety of roles in no time, and Carrey's big break came in the early '90s on the popular sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990-1994). After becoming a featured player on the show, Carrey was offered the lead roles in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Mask," and "Dumb and Dumber" -- all in 1994. Yeah, he did all right. This fall, Carrey returns to one of his landmark roles, playing the affable goof Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber To."
1. James Eugene Carrey was born January 17, 1962 in Ontario, Canada to Kathleen Oram and Percy Carrey. »
- Jonny Black
Do you have a “golden year”, the year where everything seemed to come together? Maybe you got the perfect job and met Ms. or Mr. Right all within just a few months. Well, for Mr. Jim Carrey a good case could be made for 1994. After putting in several years on TV (“The Duck Factory” “In Living Color”) along with sporadic screen roles (from The Dead Pool to Once Bitten), his career went super-nova with the unexpected smash Ace Ventura, Pet Detective in the first few months of that year. In the Summer it was another box office bonanza with The Mask. But the icing on the cake may have been his holiday-time hit Dumb And Dumber. In the ensuing two decades, Jim’s had his highs and lows, even supporting up and coming new comedy flick stars like Steve Carrell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone last year. He’s also tackled some dramatic roles, »
- Jim Batts
When it comes to old friends, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last saw one another. For audiences, it’s been twenty years since we last caught up with Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber. We’re welcoming Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back to the big screen this week the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, and we couldn’t be more excited to see these two team up again.
While Daniels has gone all serious actor on us in “The Newsroom,” Carrey has mostly shied away from leading roles on the big screen, appearing most recently as a street magician in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Now our beloved nitwits are embarking on a new adventure in search of Harry’s long-lost daughter in the hopes she’ll give him a kidney.
That’s not much of a plot to go on, »
- Rachel West
Utopia is a high-minded reality show, a genuine social experiment of the kind people say they want. So how come its a ratings disaster on a $50m set?
At every cocktail party there is always that one person who turns up their nose at the mention of reality television. Those people (the slightly less obnoxious cousin to the I dont own a television guy) always say that if reality television was actually a documentary about social dynamics then they would watch it. Heck, even reality fans harken back to some sort of ideal they think they lost. Well, guess what, the show everyone says they want is already on television. It is called Utopia and no one is watching it.
- Brian Moylan
Seen any good movies lately? We sure hope so, because they're probably going to resurface on TV. By our count, there are currently 27 (yes, 27) film-to-tv adaptations in the works — including “American Gigolo,” ”Big,” “Ghost,” and “The Truman Show,” to name a few. Clearly, movies being retooled for television appears to be the biggest small screen trend. To better understand why, TheWrap turned to a network executive and two showrunners for insight on Hollywood's latest obsession: Jason Katims of “Parenthood,” “About a Boy” and “Friday Night Lights,” and Noah Hawley, who is fresh off of the latest big film-to-tv smash, FX's “Fargo. »
- Tony Maglio and Ryan O'Connell
You might have been wondering why there’s been a dearth of reports this week about new film-to-tv adaptations. Don’t worry, that dry spell has ended as Paramount announced that they’ll be hauling out yet another title from its film back catalogue. Bringing us the news is The Wrap, who are reporting that the 1980 flick, American Gigolo, will be getting the TV treatment.
Paramount TV and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions will co-produce the the project, which slated to reboot the gritty crime drama for a captive home audience. This co-op effort will mark the second time Bruckheimer has been involved with the title, as he produced the original feature. An eighties classic, it perpetuated Richard Gere’s trend of making women’s knees quiver as a naughty gigolo in trouble with the law. It hardly strikes as a property that lends itself to a TV adaptation, but then again, »
- Gem Seddon
The longevity of “Hell’s Kitchen” can’t be summed up in a word: There’s the passion of Gordon Ramsay molding the contestants into world-class chefs, the emotion of their backstories and the drama of the challenges designed to test their skills and the dinner service, which plays out like opening night on Broadway.
But there’s another reason: The show is different from any other food show on TV. “Fox runs a show, I run a restaurant,” says Ramsay. “I don’t cast. I want the best young chefs in America. I like the uneducated rough diamonds.”
And that’s another reason for the series’ success: authenticity.
“At 7 o’clock, when the first customer sits down, it’s a restaurant,” says Ramsay of the show’s production schedule. An exec producer had once asked him to wear an earpiece during taping in the first season. He got immediately »
- Carole Horst
Sunday Update: Click over for a full recap of SNL with Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea Original Post: All righty then. Sorry—I know that reference is as painfully dated as this Austin Powers costume. But it's tough not to think about Jim Carrey's best-known roles as we consider the actor's third SNL outing—and, to be honest, to consider how long it's been since he last made a great comedy. 2013's Kick-Ass 2 was a dismal flop. That same year, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone tanked as well. The most charitable thing you can call 2011's Mr. Popper's Penguins is "inoffensive. »
- Hillary Busis
There was a time that a brainy anti-drone movie like "Good Kill" would be mid-priced studio fare. Kiwi native Andrew Niccol, who launched his Hollywood career by writing "The Truman Show," is one of those maverick indies who writes the movies that interest him, from "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" to "In Time." And Ethan Hawke is eager to collaborate with the filmmaker, even when the global marketplace is resistant to thoughtful original movies like "Good Kill." Returning for his third go-round with Niccol, in this film Hawke stars as a former Top Gun who is benched in a Las Vegas military base trailer piloting drone aircraft. He goes home to his wife (January Jones) every night, but dropping bombs in Yemen and Afghanistan from 7,000 miles away is not his idea of how to fight a war--especially when the CIA gets involved. The film also stars Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, »
- Anne Thompson
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Jim Carrey is set to host Saturday Night Live Oct. 25 ahead of the Nov. 14 release of Dumb and Dumber To (the sequel to 1994's Dumb and Dumber). "Fancy" rapper Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest. Carrey last hosted SNL in 2011, but got his start in sketch comedy years before when he starred on In Living Color throughout its five-season run in the early '90s. Since then, Carrey's gone on to win two Golden Globes -- one for The Truman Show, the other for Man on the Moon - and snag six Golden Globe nominations total for his work both in comedy and drama. »
- Ariana Bacle
Bland and generic beyond the small pleasures of its theme-park-ride-esque thrills and its half-intriguing, half-infuriating mystery. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The Lord of the Flies. Lost. The Hunger Games. Cube. The Truman Show. The Matrix. For starters. The list of — well, let’s be kind and call them “influences” — on the latest young-adult dystopian adventure is a litany of puzzle adventures-cum-existential mysteries, none of which The Maze Runner fares well up against. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien: The Internship) wakes up in a mysterious, if pleasantly verdant, Glade surrounded by a massive, constantly shifting maze of hundred-meter-high concrete walls. Like all the other teenaged boys there — including leader Gally (Will Poulter: Plastic) and his lieutenant, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster: Game of Thrones) — Thomas remembers nothing but his name: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When you’re asked if you want to go to lunch with Adam Pally, the first thing you do is say yes. Then, from there, you and Adam can probably figure the rest of it out, in terms of what you want to talk about, what you can eat at 11 a.m., etc. In fact, your lunch might end up going a little something like this …
Having lunch at 11 a.m. can feel a bit odd, but it’s a fact that Pally will acknowledge before ordering lobster anyway.
Entertainment Weekly: So how are things going? When did you get here? »
- Samantha Highfill
Kiwi native Andrew Niccol, who launched his Hollywood career by writing "The Truman Show," is one of those maverick indies who writes the movies that interest him, from "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" to "In Time." And Ethan Hawke is eager to collaborate with the filmmaker, even when the global marketplace is resistant to thoughtful original movies like "Good Kill." Returning for his third go-round with Niccol, in this film Hawke stars as a former Top Gun who is benched in a Las Vegas military base trailer piloting drone aircraft. He goes home to his wife (January Jones) every night, but dropping bombs in Yemen and Afghanistan from 7,000 miles away is not his idea of how to fight a war--especially when the CIA gets involved. The movie, produced by Voltage Pictures ("The Hurt Locker"), played Venice and Toronto and is seeking a North American buyer; here are some early reviews. »
- Anne Thompson
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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The folks at One Way Static Records must have chanted “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, because their latest release is the soundtrack to 1992’s Candyman, a film based on Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short story, “The Forbidden.” Making its vinyl debut, the eerie soundtrack by Philip Glass is available to pre-order, and we have song samples and a look at the gatefold and cassette cover art.
Press Release - “One Way Static Records is really proud to be bring you their latest release, A release where we had the chance to work with two icons in their own respective fields!
- Derek Anderson
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