10 items from 2011
Chicago – The summer of the R-rated comedy, which was So clearly inspired by the success of “The Hangover” and its sequel, was an interesting case of the law of diminishing returns. If you over-saturate a market, critics and viewers will turn away. By the time that “The Change-Up” and “30 Minutes or Less” thudded into theaters, we all remembered why they don’t make that many R-rated comedies in a year any more — most of them are dumb. Looking back on the trend, two films stand out as the R-rated comedies of Summer 2011 — the widely-beloved (and a bit overrated) “Bridesmaids” and Seth Gordon’s very-funny and consistently-entertaining “Horrible Bosses,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
As is cleverly referenced within the film, “Horrible Bosses” is basically a riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” (or “Throw Momma From the Train” for younger viewers) in the world of modern workplace nightmares. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
 Like so many young bookworms, I counted Roald Dahl among my very favorite authors growing up. Dahl's books were childlike without being childish, thanks to Dahl's ability to whip up the perfect combination of humor, drama, and just the tiniest bit of terror. Hollywood apparently agrees with me, as Dahl's works have been adapted for the silver screen several times over -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches are just some of his novels that have been turned into feature films. The next Dahl book to get the Hollywood treatment will be is 1982 classic The Bfg, which is being developed as a feature over at DreamWorks with E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison tapped to write the script. More details after the jump. The Bfg tells the story of a girl named Sophie, who encounters and befriends the Big Friendly Giant (i. »
- Angie Han
Directed by: Scott Hicks
Some films cannot be contained by a script. And some filmmakers cannot just trust in their material. They must believe in the themes of their story and in the facets of filmmaking that enrich a viewing experience. Simply put, a filmmaker must know when to indulge. Snow Falling on Cedars is a film that indulges–in its visual splendor, the potency of its dramatic arc, and even in the talent associated with it.
In the sleepy coastal town of San Piedro, a fisherman has been found dead. It is 1950, only nine years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in a community with a heavy Japanese population, tensions have never ceased. Kazuo Miyamoto is charged with the murder of the fisherman. Reporter Ishmael Chambers (Ethan Hawke), a local man whose compassionate father »
- Shane Ramirez
A couple of updates to your calendar for next year, so get out your pencils. First up, break out the hankies because Zac Efron is going to Iraq and will probably make you cry or something in "The Lucky One," yet another adaptation of a soppy Nicholas Sparks book. Directed by Scott Hicks, who is best known for helming "Shine" with Geoffrey Rush (he also directed "Snow Falling on Cedars" and the terrible restaurant rom-com, "No Reservations"), the story follows a Marine (Efron) who survives three tours of duty in Iraq and attributes his good luck to a photograph he… »
There seems to be countless movie Snow Whites in the works (Kristen Stewart's, Lily Collins', China's, etc.). But there are only two movie projects about singer Jeff Buckley, who drowned at the age of 30 while swimming in Tennessee's Wolf River in 1997. One, Greetings from Tim Buckley, is set to star Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley. The other, it has been announced, will star Broadway actor-singer Reeve Carney as Buckley. Carney, who played Prince Ferdinand in Helen Mirren's The Tempest and the young Ethan Hawke in Snow Falling on Cedars, is best known for his Broadway incarnation of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. To be directed by Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott and best known for the Kristen Stewart-James Gandolfini drama Welcome to the Rileys, this as-yet untitled Jeff Buckley project is being executive produced by Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert. »
- Zac Gille
Actor/musician Reeve Carney (Snow Falling on Cedars) has signed on to play Jeff Buckley in director Jake Scott's (Welcome to the Rileys) untitled biopic. Per the press release, the pic will chronicle Buckley's life all the way up to his untimely drowning at the age of 30 in Memphis' Wolf River. The film was written by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker) and draws heavily from David Browne's book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. Currently, Carney is playing the role of Peter Parker in Julie Taymor's mildly cursed Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Previously, the actor worked with Taymor on her adaptation of The Tempest starring Helen Mirren. This film iteration of Buckley's life joins two other projects that are set to chronicle the late musician. Back in June, Penn Badgley signed on to play Buckley in co-writer/director Dan Algrant's Greetings from Tim Buckley. »
- Jason Barr
It’s been the summer of the sequel, and no we don’t mean just because of The Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2 or No Strings Attached 2 (okay, fine, Friends with Benefits). Actually, to be more precise, it’s been the summer of talking about the possibility of the sequel.
We’ve already gotten word that Thor will return to theaters in 2013, but elsewhere there’s been chatter about bringing the ladies of Bridesmaids back for more and a debate on whether or not Something Borrowed will — or should — be continued.
Now it seems Horrible Bosses, which in »
- Aly Semigran
In 2007, Seth Gordon made King Of Kong, a documentary following one man's attempt to etch his name in the record books by scoring big on the videogame Donkey Kong. It remains one of the most entertaining and heartfelt documentaries around, and for that reason, anything Gordon lends his talent to is worth a look, especially when it's got Jason Bateman in it.
His latest, Horrible Bosses, has Bateman and a whole roster of comedic and acting chops lined up behind him, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx. The film's so spoiled by talent it can afford to kill off Donald Sutherland after five minutes. It's also brought him to England to do the promotional thing, which is how I ended up sitting in »
HBO is getting behind Game of Thrones in a big way, and the company seems to think that fantasy could be the way to go into the future. So the channel is now negotiating a deal for the rights to Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, and the current plan is for Robert Richardson (yes, the cinematographer) and Neil Gaiman to jointly script the pilot. American Gods would actually make quite good source material for an HBO series, as it is just expansive enough to fill a season or two, with many avenues to explore character backstories and even introduce new characters. The story tells of Shadow, a man just released from prison, who encounters an old con man named Mr. Wednesday, who hires shadow to be his bodyguard. Eventually the tale describes a sort of power struggle between gods old and new, with both very major and relatively minor deities playing a part. »
- Russ Fischer
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the fifth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I didn’t think of it as Hong Kong. I reacted to what Bill Monahan put together in the script; I liked the idea,” explained American filmmaker Martin Scorsese when discussing The Departed (2006). “Taking from the Hong Kong trilogy of Andrew Lau‘s film [Infernal Affairs], that’s the device, the concept of the two informers. [I am] totally, whether I like it or not, drawn to stories that have to do with trust and betrayal. I found that I kept being drawn back to the script and to the project. It became something else.” Questioned about his shift from portraying Italian criminals to those of Irish heritage, the director observed, “The differences between different ethnic groups as gangsters, that’s purely technical.” Cast in the plot-twisting thriller are »
10 items from 2011
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