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Born in Memphis, raised in Mississippi, four years in the Air Force, acted off- and then on-Broadway, spent the '70s on The Electric Company, spent the early '80s on Another World, earned one Oscar nomination as the street smart one in Street Smart, earned another Oscar nomination as the one who wasn't Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, stole Robin Hood from Kevin Costner, almost stole Unforgiven from Clint Eastwood: This is what Morgan Freeman did for his first 57 years on this planet. Technically. But even if you know that Freeman had been a working actor for close to three decades beforehand, »
- Darren Franich
The late, great Robin Williams makes one of his final on-screen appearances amongst a star-studded cast in the hard-hitting comedy-drama The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, released on DVD and digital platforms on September 8th, 2014 courtesy of Signature Entertainment and we’ve got three to giveaway on DVD!
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears, Band of Brothers), The Angriest Man In Brooklyn sees Williams playing Henry Altmann, a curmudgeonly Brooklynite who, following a taxi crash, a brain scan and a stressed out doctor, mistakenly thinks he has just 90 minutes to live. What follows is a poignant, astonishingly portentous journey of redemption as Altmann races to reconcile with his wife, his brother and his friends after a lifetime of maltreatment and before it is too late.
- Dan Bullock
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $19.99
Williams plays overly bitter man Henry Altmann, whose anger really kicks into gear when he learns from a doctor (Mila Kunis, Ted) that he has a brain aneurysm and has only 90 minutes to live. This news kicks the curmudgeonly Altman into motion, and he sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left.
Co-starring Peter Dinklage (TV’s Game of Thrones) and Melissa Leo (Flight) and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (who hasn’t helmed a film since 2002’s The Sum of All Fears), the R-rated Angriest Man In Brooklyn opened to lot of negative reviews upon it limited theatrical rollout in May. »
Father's Day is this weekend, and in case you're still not sure what to get your dad for this annual holiday, we have a giveaway for the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD release of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit that might be right up your alley. Chris Pine stars as a young Jack Ryan, who is recruited by a CIA veteran (Kevin Costner) to uncover a terrorist plot against the United States in director Kenneth Branagh's action-thriller, based on the character created by beloved author Tom Clancy. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Father's Day Prize Pack that includes a Blu-ray copy signed by director/star Kenneth Branagh, along with a tool kit, the Tom Clancy novel Command Authority, and The Jack Ryan Collection Blu-ray, which includes The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears. Our first prize winners »
Prognosis Negative: Robinson’s Return a Detached, Tepid Exercise
His first outing since the ill-fated 2002 film The Sum of All Fears, director Phil Alden Robinson’s latest, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, is a remake of a 1997 Israeli film, The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum, which happened to be part of a trilogy directed by Assi Dayan. At first appearing to be a black comedy about miserable, self-pitying human beings, a not-so-subtle message about the importance of family, enjoying one’s time and appreciating the preciousness of life, eventually cascades over the slim narrative, rendering any emotional or comedic potency to absolute zero. With a running time of about 80 minutes, this treatment still feels padded with moments that feel utterly useless because they’re not fully developed or simply used as a matter of convenience.
Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is an unhappy man. Home life seems particularly dire, unable to have »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s movie night, and you can choose between crazy-shouty Robin Williams (think “The Fisher King”) and blubbering feel-good Robin Williams (like the one who discovers his son, dead from autoerotic asphyxiation, in “World’s Greatest Dad”). Which would you prefer? Trick question! In “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” you can have it both ways, as Williams plays the human equivalent of a bulging forehead vein who learns he has 90 minutes to live and spends the rest of the movie making amends, like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of “A Christmas Carol.” Most auds will prefer have no Robin Williams at all.
Inspired by the 1997 Israeli movie “The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum,” in which actor-director Assi Dayan tried to imagine how the worst possible news could possibly bring out the best in someone, this schmaltzy remake from “Field of Dreams” helmer Phil Alden Robinson (directing his first film since 2002′s »
- Peter Debruge
Phil Alden Robinson, who once gave us Sneakers and Field of Dreams (which could have been titled The Nicest Man in Iowa), has not directed a movie since the so-so 2002 studio flick The Sum of All Fears. (Remember that old attempt to turn Ben Affleck into a franchise hero?) So it’s a bit odd to see him now going the indie route with The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, even if it’s with an all-star cast. The film stars Robin Williams as, well, a really angry man whose fury at the world is compounded and complicated when he finds out he’s dying. On paper, it’s an interesting conceit. Williams has been looking to rediscover his “edge” for some years now, so at times the film reads like an attempt to fuse the actor’s darker persona with the cuddly-wuddly side that once churned out insufferable hits like Patch Adams. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Opening May 23rd, Phil Alden Robinson’s dark comedy, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, marks his first directorial effort since his 2002 action thriller, The Sum of All Fears. Robin Williams stars as Henry Altmann, an unhappy man who is suddenly forced to reassess his life after his doctor (Mila Kunis) gives him an unexpected diagnosis. What starts out as a bad day turns into something far worse as he struggles to right all his wrongs in what he believes are the final moments of his life. The impressive cast also includes Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, and Hamish Linklater. In an exclusive interview, Robinson spoke about what inspired him to direct again, why he was drawn to the riskiness of the project and thought it was a gamble worth taking, how he attracted the strong cast and what the actors brought to the film, what he discovered making his first indie film, »
- Sheila Roberts
"How hard is it to tell someone you love them?"
Henry Altmann hates just about everything and everyone, but when his doctor (Mila Kunis) tells him that he has a brain aneurysm that will kill him in 90 minutes, he decides to change his ways and make amends with his wife (Melissa Leo), his brother (Peter Dinklage), his son (Hamish Linklater) and everyone else he has wronged. Back in the director's chair for the first time since 2002's The Sum of All Fears, Phil Alden Robinson directed this dramatic comedy remake of the 1997 Israeli movie, The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn opens May 23rd.
Link | Posted 4/10/2014 by BJSprecher
- BJSprecher Sprecher
You know that old saying “live each day as if it were your last”? While it’s supposed to be inspirational and designed to get you up off your butt and out into the world doing great things like traveling and confessing your love to your best friend, there’s also the view that it could be a terrifying and wholly negative statement. Living each day like it’s your last? That means you’re dying tomorrow. There’s so much you didn’t do! The Angriest Man in Brooklyn takes this concept and amplifies it times 100 by giving America’s wacky uncle Robin Williams only 90 minutes to live. What’s a guy to do when he’s only got an hour and a half to do everything he has left to get done? The trailer for the film attempts to explain how Williams is going to attempt such a feat, and »
- Samantha Wilson
Lionsgate just released the first trailer for its upcoming "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" comedy/drama, starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo, and Peter Dinklage. Check it out below. Plot: The film tells the story of Henry Altmann (Williams), who is having a horrible day, made much worse by his visit with Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis), who abruptly informs him that he only has 90 minutes to live. After storming out of the hospital in disbelief, Henry panics and races through Brooklyn in an attempt to right all of the wrongs in his life, while Sharon desperately scrambles to find him and get him into surgery. The new movie is directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears) and is set to hit theaters on May 23rd, in limited release. Trailer: »
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn has debuted a new trailer.
The Phil Alden Robinson-directed comedy centres around a curmudgeonly man (Williams) who is mistakenly told that he has 90 minutes to live by his doctor (Kunis).
He sets out to reconcile with his wife (Leo), brother (Dinklage) and friends in the short time he believes he has left.
Williams is set to reprise his role as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum 3.
Kunis will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn will open in Us cinemas from May 23. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
Phil Alden Robinson ("Field of Dreams," "Sneakers") returns to the director's chair over a decade since his last film, "The Sum of All Fears," to helm something quite different - a real-time high-concept comedy starring Robin Williams as a manic jerk.
The premise has Williams playing a man so obnoxious that his doctor (Mila Kunis) snaps and tells him he has only 90 minutes left to live. Thus he begins a mad scramble to set things right with family and friends before his time is up.
- Garth Franklin
There's ticking clock movies and then there's Robin Williams being given 90 minutes to live and running around Brooklyn like a maniac. Hilarious? Well, sit back because your afternoon just got a little bit brighter. The first trailer for "The Angriest Man In Brooklyn" has arrived, and it might surprise you to learn that this is from director Phil Alden Robinson, the guy behind the underrated "Sneakers." It's also his first film in over a decade, with 2002's "The Sum Of All Fears" his previous foray behind the camera. Here, he's given the task of bottling Williams for a feature length runtime, in a remake of the Israeli film, “Mar Baum,” about a dude whose bitter disposition takes a turn when he learns death is just around the corner. Co-starring Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage, Hamish Linklater and Richard Kind, you catch this starting on May 23rd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last year, Robin Williams had a mixed bag of film appearances that included the abysmal comedy The Big Wedding and the melodramatic historical drama Lee Daniels' The Butler. Now he's back on the big screen again this year with this silly comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Williams plays Henry, a guy who always seems to be pissed at everything, until he gets misinformation from a flustered doctor (Mila Kunis) that he has a brain aneurysm that will kill him in 90 minutes. As Henry tries to make amends with people he's hurt around the city, the doctor attempts to track him down to retract the diagnosis. Yep, silly. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Phil Alden Robinson's The Angriest Man in Brooklyn from Yahoo: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is directed by Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams, The Sum of All Fears) and written by Daniel Taplitz (Chaos Theory, »
- Ethan Anderton
Grief. The loss of a loved can do lots of psychological damage to a person and Dax Phelan's new film Jasmine is primed to explore just how bad things can get. Read on for the initial details and first set of stills.
From the Press Release
Shanghai Street Films is pleased to announce Jasmine, the new psychological thriller starring Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists), Jason Tobin (The Fast And The Furious), Hong Kong Oscar-Winner Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs Of A Geisha and starring in the upcoming Revenge Of The Green Dragons – daughter of critically-acclaimed actress Pei-Pei Cheng), Grace Huang (Cold War) and Sarah Lian has just entered the final stages of post production in anticipation of its world premiere as early as this Spring. The movie was filmed in Hong Kong.
Jasmine is a gripping and chilling psychological thriller about a man, Leonard To (Tobin), still struggling »
- Uncle Creepy
The Hong Kong-set, English-language film, now in post-production, stars Byron Mann (“Catwoman”), Jason Tobin, Eugenia Yuan (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), Grace Huang (“The Man With the Iron Fists”) and Sarah Lian, and is the directorial debut of Dax Phelan.
The story features a man struggling to overcome his wife’s unsolved murder who takes matters into his own hands when the mystery surrounding her killing becomes murkier. The original story was conceived by Phelan and Tobin, with the screenplay written by Phelan.
Phelan, Tobin and Hollywood producer Stratton Leopold (“Mission: Impossible III,” “The Sum of All Fears”) produce. Company credits are with Hong Kong’s Shanghai Street Films and RockGinger and the U.S.’s Ripped Pictures.
Completion is set for late spring this year.
- Patrick Frater
Just days after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair-la) expressed concerns over potential stereotyping in the pilot for ABC Family’s “Alice in Arabia” and requested a meeting with execs, the network has decided not to pursue the show that had been announced Monday.
An ABC Family spokesperson said Friday, “The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project.”
The show’s premise centered on an American teen kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family after tragedy befalls her parents.
The pilot was penned by Brooke Eikmeier, who served in the U.S. Army as a cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language and trained to support Nsa missions in the Middle East.
- Andrea Seikaly
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
The movie goes back to the beginning of Jack Ryan’s career, re-imagining his rise from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. He uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Kenneth Branagh also directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hot off his success helming Thor. This thriller didn’t get quite as good a reception, though. Shadow Recruit garnered mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Richard Roeper called the movie “the very definition of an Ok thriller.” And the film earned $50.3 million in theaters, »
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