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Grandma comes to the screen from director Paul Weitz, the American filmmaker who has filled his career with American teen comedies with the genre defining American Pie, solid British comedy fare in About A Boy, writing the animated bug movie that wasn’t A Bug’s Life in the 90s (Antz), and the more recent third movie in the Fockers franchise, Little Fockers. With Grandma, which he also writes, Weitz delivers his smallest, most indie film to date; a character-driven comedy drama featuring a career-best Lily Tomlin in the title role.
Tomlin stars as Elle, a sixty-something poet living on the outskirts of Los Angeles, who is going through a break-up with her girlfriend on four months, Olivia (Judy Greer). On the same morning of the break-up, Elle’s teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner) rolls up to her »
- Paul Heath
2 Broke Girls actress Jennifer Coolidge plays a ditzy Sophie Kachinsky on the popular CBS sitcom and credits the fact that she landed so many similar roles on the big screen for uncovering a health condition. Before her 2 Broke Girls role, the now 54-year-old actress made a name for herself in Hollywood portraying blonde bimbos such as Stifler's Mom in the 'American Pie' films and Paulette, the manicurist, in 'Legally Blonde' but every time she put on fake nails and eye lashes she would break out in a rash and she was later diagnosed with an allergy to glue. Speaking to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, she revealed: ''I'm allergic to a certain kind of glue. Most eyelash glues are terrible, the glue in acrylic nails. I get a rash up my arm and face. ''I was playing all these trophy wives and ditzy blondes, and I »
Once a staple of 80s American comedy, appearing in the likes of All Of Me, Big Business and Nine to Five, the fantastic Lilly Tomlin returns to the silver screen in her first solo-lead role since The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981). Reuniting with Writer/ Director Paul Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie) for Grandma, her
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- Daniel Goodwin
Itty-bitty! Tara Reid was spotted laughing and playing on a beach in Malibu, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, in a super skimpy nude bikini. The American Pie actress, 39, was hanging with a hot guy friend and had a huge grin as a wave bowled her over in the tiny swimwear. Looking perfectly blonde and tan for the first weekend of fall, Reid went back and forth from the sunny sand to the refreshing Pacific Ocean. The Sharknado actress definitely enjoyed herself on the beach, despite recent comments made [...] »
Written and directed by Paul Weitz
Writer-director Paul Weitz’s comedy-drama Grandma isn’t shy about having modest ambitions. It’s the simple story of the titular Elle (Lily Tomlin) and her pregnant granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner), and the touching arc of their relationship. When the latter comes to the former in search of money for an abortion, the two set off around Los Angeles to find the $630 necessary to pay for the procedure. Soon enough, Grandma becomes a road movie, with Elle taking Sage to meet various former friends, flings, and family members.
More than anything else, the structure allows for a spotlight on the dynamic between Elle and Sage, which works on a personal level as well as on the level of depicting the challenges faced by two women of different generations. At first glance, they couldn’t be more different: Elle is an aging feminist »
- Max Bledstein
In recent times, Hollywood has enjoyed going back into the 1990s to come up with belated sequels to previous hit movies. So, we finally got Dumb & Dumber 2, for instance, whilst a third Clerks, a second Mallrats, a new Sister Act and a Naked Gun reboot are being cooked up somewhere. Further belated sequels? Zoolander 2 finally arrives next year, and Anchorman 2 celebrates, quietly, its second birthday this Christmas.
It was only at the end of the 1990s that comedy sequels suddenly really took off. There were exceptions beforehand of course, but few things raise the eyebrows of Hollywood high brass than lots of cash. This, whilst the enormous box office takings of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me were in part down to an utterly inspired marketing campaign, »
David speaks with producers Chris Moore (American Pie, Good Will Hunting) and Josh Shader about what it was like to make the Starz original series The Chair. They discuss advice for first-time filmmakers, what it’s like to feel Zachary Quinto’s wrath, the difficulty of getting indie films seen, and how they might approach The Chair: Season 2 differently. You […]
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- David Chen
Jim Levenstein still has a dirty mind! Jason Biggs was reminded of his raunchy flick American Pie thanks to a children's book his son, Sid, decided to flip through on Thursday, Sept. 3. "Sid picked out a book at the library today," Biggs, 37, joked via Instagram. "I don't think he appreciated the irony." In the pic, Biggs and Jenny Mollen's 18-month-old toddler looked completely consumed with the book The Apple Pie that Papa Baked. The Orange Is the New Black actor, funnily enough, starred as goofy high school [...] »
Chicago – Actor Sam Eliott will make you smile. The distinctive voice, his famous mustache and his character presence in a film or TV show increases any potential in the production. He recently was in Chicago with director Paul Weitz, as they teamed up in the film “Grandma,” starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin.
“Grandma” has a very unique premise. Tomlin is the title character of Elle, who is visited by her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner). The girl is seeking an abortion, and her feminist poet grandmother seems like the right fellow traveler on her way to the procedure. Sam Elliott portrays Karl, Elle’s ex-husband – she left him for a same sex partner – who harbors a resentment toward circumstances in their relationship. The two meet along the way to the clinic, and the resentment boils to the surface.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
During a rare moment of quiet amid the glass-smashing, brain-bashing mayhem of “Hitman: Agent 47,” a character offers the wise observation that we are all a bit more complicated than our internal circuitry might suggest. Applying this logic to the movie itself, it’s fair to conclude that while Aleksander Bach’s directing debut is indeed the junky, incoherent shoot-’em-up we feared it might be, to dismiss it as just another late-August studio craptacular doesn’t quite do it justice. But what to call it, exactly? The 47th best action film of 2015? A feature-length Audi commercial, or a promo reel for the Singapore Tourism Board? The most unnecessary artistic contribution ever made by someone named Bach? Fox is surely hoping that “surprise box office hit” might be a plausible alternative, though the best one will likely be able to say on that front is that where disastrous franchise relaunches are concerned, »
- Variety Staff
Citizen Lily: Weitz’s Character Study Homage to Iconic Lead
Since beginning his directorial career with 1999’s American Pie, Paul Weitz has hovered in an in-between realm of either studio courting mixed or the main stream indie realm, sometimes reaching success, such as with 2002’s About a Boy, but generally languishing in tepid waters with fare like Being Flynn and Admission. He reunites with actress Lily Tomlin, who had a throwaway supporting role in his last feature for Grandma, which superficially contends to be more of the same lackluster output. Fortunately, it becomes quickly apparent that this is definitely Weitz’s strongest work in well over a decade, and gives Tomlin her best material outside of all those delectable Robert Altman titles that are peppered throughout her filmography. A character study that also serves as a familial drama and a topical issue film, its strengths aren’t apparent in every sequence, »
- Nicholas Bell
Paul Weitz can’t and won’t be pigeonholed, as writer or director. His credits range from American Pie and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps to About a Boy and In Good Company. His latest effort debuted to great response earlier this year at South by Southwest, an ideal showcase for this indie drama. Grandma offers Lily Tomlin a juicy leading role and audiences a satisfying experience on a modest scale. What really makes it work is Weitz’s attention to detail in delineating his characters and his keen eye for casting. Every part matters to him; even actors who have just a few lines manage to leave an impression, among them Laverne Cox and the late Elizabeth Peña. ...
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- Leonard Maltin
To celebrate the release of Glee Season Six, available to own on DVD on 24th August 2015, we have 3 copies to give away.
Season six begins with Rachel (Lea Michelle) humiliated, her dreams of stardom in tatters, heading back to Lima for some home comforts and reassurance from Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison)… but she’s not the only one migrating back to William McKinley High School. Some friendly faces including Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) have also returned to the birthplace of The New Directions, along with season regulars Artie (Kevin McHale) and Blaine (Darren Criss). Back home things come to a head with proposals, break-ups and a desperate attempt to restore the arts programs that archrival Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) had banished from McKinley High.
Over thirteen episodes the cast are joined by other McKinley alumnae including our favourite cheerleading trinity Quinn (Dianna Agron), Brittany »
- Laura Holmes
What's the only thing worse than a sequel? The only prospect worse than paying £10 at your local cinema to have your favourite movie ruined, forever. The answer has three words. Straight-to-video.
In the '90s, home release sequels became fairly common. You'd greet them with surprise at your local Blockbusters and then want to pull your eyeballs out when you took them home and watched them. They're probably called straight-to-dvd or straight-to-Blu-ray now, but they still exist.
With the announcement that Dolph Lundgren will be starring in Kindergarten Cop 2 (because of course), here are 21 absolute stinking sequels - the vast majority of which weren't even considered good enough for the cinema. How many of them have you watched?
2. American Pie Presents: Beta House
Maybe it's the Eugene Levy factor - just why did he keep starring in all the sequels?! - but we have weird »
Chris Klein is now a married man!
The "American Pie" star has wed his girlfriend Laina Rose Thyfault, according to People.
The 36-year-old actor married the 30-year-old travel agent on Sunday in Montana, his rep told the mag.
Photos: Celebrity Wedding Photos!
The couple took their trip down the aisle at the Rainbow Ranch, which includes an outdoor church that overlooks the Gallatin River.
Chris and Laina reportedly had 115 guests at the ceremony, which embraced the rustic nature of Montana.
Photos: Celebrity Engagement Rings — The Bling Is The Thing!
"Laina and ...
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Congratulations are in order for Chris Klein! The American Pie actor and his longtime girlfriend Laina Rose Thyfault got married Sunday afternoon in Montana, his publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan confirmed to E! News. According to People, who first reported the news, close to 115 guests witnessed the couple say "I Do" at the Rainbow Ranch in Montana. The specific venue of choice was an outdoor church located on the banks of the Gallatin River that featured vintage pews for guests to sit on. "Laina and Chris wanted to stay true to the nature of Montana and chose native grasses, sage and flowers in a soft color palette to reflect the beauty of Montana," their wedding planner Jennifer »
Here’s to the newlyweds! Chris Klein married his fiancee, Laina Rose Thyfault, in Montana over the weekend, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. The couple exchanged vows on Sunday, Aug. 9, in front of 115 guests at the Rainbow Ranch on the banks of the Gallatin River. Klein wore a Shoreditch London three-piece suit to tie the knot. Us confirmed in December 2014 that the American Pie actor, 36, popped the question to travel agent Thyfault in Venice Beach after three years of dating. "Chris and Laina are very happy and [...] »
10 Cent Pistol opens up with two police officers investigating a silent alarm at the front door of Harris (Thomas Ian Nicholas, American Pie, Halloween Resurrection). His reaction to find the police at his door proves to be of suspicion as the sweat rolls down and his need to get them to leave only encourages the officers to investigate. Upon entering, they are greeted by Danneel (Jena Malone, Donnie Darko), the coy damsel in a tight blue mini dress who makes every word sound innocent, yet seductive. Harris and Daneel lead the officers into the living room where they find Easton and Jake, two even more suspicious characters sitting on the couch.
This instantly pulls the audience in as we’re not entirely sure who exactly is hiding what in this scenario and if the cops are going to find anything. The bad guy in this scene is quickly revealed via »
- Jovy Skol
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office gave us so much, not least its intermittently excellent Us remake and the many other sitcoms it inspired. Its hand-held single camera style and wryly observed mundanity became so seminal that for a period in 2009, it was technically illegal to launch a new Us sitcom that didn’t emulate them.
Thus arrived Modern Family and Parks And Recreation, two shows filmed in the mockumentary style for no discernible reason besides a love of The Office and its Us remake. (Parks And Rec grew out of NBC originally »
Michael C. Martin's 10 Cent Pistol will be out in cinemas and on VOD on July 24th. We have an exclusive clip to share with you. In this clip Jena Malone (Inherent Vice) puts the moves on Thomas Ian Nicholas (the American Pie films) while the brothers, Jt Alexander and Damon Alexander get kitted out for a job. Two brothers maneuver through the criminal underworld of Los Angeles in search of wealth, love and redemption. Their string of success screeches to a halt when a high stakes job goes horribly wrong. Soon they find themselves at the mercy of a crooked mob lawyer, and tangled in a love triangle with a sexy femme fatale. With no other choice but to do what they do best, the...
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