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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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- email@example.com (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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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival Releases Lineup For 17th Edition Jennifer Coolidge, the actress best known for her role as Stifler's mother in the "American Pie" franchise and her work with director Christopher Guest on his beloved improvised comedies "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration," made a trip to the beachside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend to pick up the event's Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. The actress, who got her start as a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe alongside Will Ferrell, has worked non-stop since the late '80s in both TV and film. On top of the "American Pie" and Guest movies, Coolidge has memorably appeared on the small screen in "Seinfeld," "Sex and the City" and most recently "2 Broke Girls," and in the two "Legally Blonde" films as a daffy beautician who perfects the Bend and Snap to bag a man. »
- Nigel M Smith
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has re-elected its slate of officers for another term. Continuing to serve in their roles will be Richard Crudo as president; Owen Roizman, Kees Van Oostrum and Lowell Peterson as vice presidents; Matthew Leonetti as treasurer; Fred Goodich as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms. Crudo will serve his sixth term as president. In addition to the last two years, he fulfilled the role from 2003 through 2006. The members of the Board, elected in May by the organization?s active membership, include: John Bailey, Bill Bennett, George Spiro Dibie, Richard Edlund, Fred Elms, Daryn Okada, Lowell Peterson, Robert Primes, Rodney Taylor and Haskell Wexler. “I am humbled to once again have the opportunity to serve this great organization,” said Crudo. “As we start to close in on our 100th anniversary, we will continue to honor the intents of our founders »
Of the hundreds of films screened at festivals across the nation only a handful will wind up at your local theaters, and that goes for those lucky enough to have been viewed at the growingly prestigious Tribeca Film Festival (Tff).
A month has passed, and the media has already unremembered the 14th edition of Tribeca, which had an overall attendance of 467,000 -- and now it's beginning to forget Cannes and its offerings, such as Todd Haynes' Carol, which already has a 2016 Oscar buzz surrounding it. And by tomorrow, anticipation will start growing for the Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, and so forth. A sisyphean cycle if there ever was one. But thanks to some wise studios distributing several of Tribeca's offerings, this year's Fest's imprint might last a little longer.
There's the hauntingly exuberant documentary The Wolfpack (opening June 12th) that, pre-tff, started garnering plaudits at Sundance. »
- Brandon Judell
American Pie star Thomas Ian Nicholas is cooking up a new horror movie. According to Variety Nicholas, Clare Kramer, Hunter Gomez, and newcomer Kelly Arjen will star in Brian A. Metcalf’s independent horror flick Strange Ones. Shooting will being later… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Shooting will being later this month in Los Angeles. Metcalf is producing and directing from his own script in which an abused high school girl (Arjen) accidentally conjures forth a demon — played by Nicholas — that decides to take revenge on those who wronged her.
Metcalf and Nicholas previously collaborated on the films “The Lost Tree” and “Living Among Us.” Nicholas also starred in the “American Pie” film series and “Red Band Society,” while Kramer starred in “Rules of Attraction” and “Buffy.”
- Dave McNary
This is the sound of David Letterman retiring.
Over the last few weeks, viewers of the veteran latenight host’s “Late Show” on CBS have been treated to a series of once-in-a-lifetime musical moments: John Mayer crooning Don McLean’s “American Pie”; Tracy Chapman doing a stark rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”; John Fogerty doing a punky mashup of his Creedence Clearwater Revival hits; and an enigmatic Bob Dylan crooning the standard “The Night We Called It A Day,” an appropriate shout-out to a TV figure who will make his last “Late Show” appearance during a late-afternoon taping Wednesday. And, in a nod to Letterman’s stated fondness for acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon, the show has in its final days featured a rendition of “Mutineer” by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires and a digital-only take on “Desperadoes Under The Eaves” by Dawes.
All the big latenight »
- Brian Steinberg
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