20 items from 2013
Director George Tillman Jr.'s filmography includes star-studded studio projects like "Men of Honor" and "Notorious," but you wouldn't guess it from the ultra-sincere "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," an earnest tale of two lower class kids spending the summer on their own in the Brooklyn projects. The movie hails from a tradition of sentimental, character-driven indies largely based around the strengths of a handful of performances not typically represented in current cinema. To that end, it succeeds, and owes much to the investment of its young leads. But while it contains many earnest ingredients, "Mister and Pete" never obtains the tidy balance of its rhyming title. It doesn't take long to make it clear that the adolescent Mister (spectacular newcomer Skylan Brooks) lives a dreary existence. Booted from school for not doing his work and showing attitude when admonished for it, Mister heads to his grimy, crime-infested apartment complex, »
- Eric Kohn
Cuba Gooding Jr. is best known for something that happened nearly two decades ago. You know what it is: that moment at the Oscars when his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech stole the entire show.
Of course, a lot has happened to Cuba since then, both good and not-so-good -- from receiving poor critical reception in comedies like "Norbit" and "Snow Dogs" to starring in a George Lucas film about the Tuskegee Airmen to playing an energetic and erratic drug dealer in "American Gangster."
Now he's set to appear in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which hits theaters this weekend. This is semi-familiar territory for the Oscar winner, having previously acted in films that have shed light on African American experiences -- particularly ones that have never been depicted on screen.
An animated Gooding Jr. sat down with Moviefone to talk about his role in "The Butler," why the studio system is busted, »
- Alex Suskind
Catch new photos from The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, starring Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Julito McCullum and Adam Trese. Admitedly, I'd never heard of this one, which is quite surprising considering the intriguing title. George Tillman Jr. is quite picky about his projects, having just 6 times at the helm from 1995 until now. So you know, this project must have attracted him very strongly. He's known for films like strong films like Soul Food, Men of Honor, Notorious and Faster, and now directs from the script by Michael Starrbury. »
Lionsgate has set a Us release date for drama The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete.
The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete chronicles two city boys who must care for themselves after their mothers are taken away by the authorities, Deadline reports.
The coming-of-age drama will arrive in theatres in limited release on October 11.
Watch the trailer for The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete below: »
ICM Partners has signed Cuba Gooding Jr. No Oscar-winner’s path has been more confounding than that of Gooding. He seemed poised for great things after his performance as the wide receiver opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, followed by his exuberant Oscar acceptance speech. Gooding has been in some decent movies since — Men Of Honor, Pearl Harbor, As Good As It Gets and American Gangster – but it also looked like he went for a lot of easy paydays and squandered his momentum. It also didn’t help that right after all the acclaim Gooding received for his performance as a player who stayed loyal to his sports agent, Gooding ditched his film agent right after, and has bounced like a tennis ball between talent agencies. He comes to ICM from CAA at a time when he has some momentum. He’s currently on Broadway in The Trip To Bountiful »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
An actor or filmmaker’s career is sure to have its ups and downs throughout. However, this can magnified when the talent is known for ground-breaking performances, in some of cinema’s most unforgettable masterpieces. Today, we’re celebrating the UK release of all-star romantic comedy, The Big Wedding, with a look back at some of the offerings of, arguably, the greatest living actor (although, Pacino will undoubtedly have something to say about that); two-time Academy Award-winner, Robert De Niro.
With an acting credit list of close to 100 films, we can’t look at them all, but we’ve focused on what we believe are Bob’s best, along with a few of his worst…
First coming to prevalence in Brian DePalma’s late 1960s cult trio Greetings, Hi Mom and The Wedding Party, before stand-out roles in gangster comedy, The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight, and baseball drama, »
- Craig Hunter
This week on The Collision, we are joined by Allison Keene and Charles Judson. Our conversation is sparked by a Mad Men spec script from actress Erika Anderson, which brings African-American characters into Matthew Weiner's critically acclaimed show. From there, our conversation expands to explore diversity in popular TV series, if showrunners should feel obligated to diversify their casts, the difficulty in writing minority characters, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Violence and Evil Dead"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Allison's »
- Matt Goldberg
Review James Hunt 25 Feb 2013 - 06:00
Spartacus: War of the Damned delivers a belter of an episode, and promises to continue the trend. Here's James' review...
This review contains spoilers.
Now this is more like it. After spending a couple of weeks treading water, Spartacus: War of the Damned has started moving forward again. Finally, Spartacus is held to account for his increasingly hard-to-defend views, and the rebellion pays for it in exactly the way you'd expect: mutiny.
Indeed, even Spartacus' right-hand man Crixus can't bring himself to stick with Spartacus' rule, and it's a decision that's nicely played. In addition to giving the character something to do that doesn't involve fawning over Naevia, there's a strong sense that Crixus actually agrees with his friend to a large extent. However, it seems that he recognises that the tide of opinion has turned against such compassionate rule, and is more »
It is definitely a good sign that, after his captivating introduction in the season premiere, Simon Merrells’ turn as the crafty Marcus Crassus would leave the audience wanting more. Spartacus has always had an interesting character filling the series’ need for a villain or larger antagonist – a face for everything Spartacus was fighting against, if you will – and on the surface of Spartacus: War of the Damned, Crassus certainly fits the bill.
His steely demeanor and penchant for playing his enemies against themselves certainly sets him up as the kind of man who could bring down the mighty Thracian. So, after the series took a week off to allow fans to catch up, and with Crassus nowhere to be seen during ‘Men of Honor,’ it feels like one of the most interesting characters to be ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
Spartacus: War of the Damned is the final season of the hit series and stars Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Simon Merrells (Marcus Crassus) and Todd Lasance (Caesar). The series is led by showrunner Steven DeKnight and the next episode airs February 22nd only on Starz. Spartacus: War of the Damned takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents. Episode 3 'Men of Honor' could have been renamed to ' »
- Keven Skinner
Review James Hunt Feb 11, 2013
The number of subplots make this week's Spartacus: War of the Damned a less-than satisfying watch. Here's James' review...
This review contains spoilers.
3.3 Men of Honour
After last week's Crassus-heavy bore-fest, it was good this week that the show decided to re-focus on the slave army and some of the day-to-day mechanics of actually holding their newly-captured city. Because let's face it: the show's called Spartacus, not The Roman Politics Fun-Time Happy Hour.
As it turns out, holding the city isn't half as difficult as keeping order within it. Indeed, it was the unlikely form of Naevia who caused most trouble, flying off the handle at any nearby Romans the first chance she gets. Not an unreasonable course of events, given all she's endured on top of a lifetime of subjugation, but her behaviour - and Crixus' loyalty to her - is potentially something that's going »
Spartacus War of the Damned Men of Honor Photos. Spartacus: War of the Damned: Season 3, Episode 3: Men of Honor TV show photographs are from an episode that saw the introduction of pirates to the Roman city Spartacus and company had taken. It also focused on the mistreatment of some of the Romans [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Spartacus continues to be bigger, but not necessarily better this season. While there has not been one episode that has been actually bad due to the show’s overall consistency, some episodes are better than others and this is not one of them.
The biggest problem with this episode was the amount of story lines. We followed too many characters this episode and subsequently story lines were started, but not properly finished. While last week’s episode perhaps showed us that Spartacus as a series works better with more focus on secondary characters, Spartacus the character not being dynamic enough to carry an episode on his own, this episode went too far in that direction and ultimately suffered because of it.
The major event that concerns the rebels in this episode is the introduction of pirates who are rather predictable- violent, untrustworthy and overall interesting characters but nothing overly unique. »
- Mary Parr
After successfully taking Sinuessa en Valle – an episode last week that wisely placed the burden of setting the course for the season early on - Spartacus: War of the Damned distances itself somewhat from the need to move various pieces around the board in anticipation of what will come next, and focuses a bit more on that very action.
‘Men of Honor’ begins with a great bit in which Attius (Cohen Holloway), the blacksmith who never met a coin he could refuse, is working to forge the rebels’ new swords from the repurposed metal of chains and shackles. It’s a nice moment that might have been even better had Spartacus not made mention of it, but the notion of those chains being turned against the enemy looms large ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
With only eight episodes of "Spartacus" remaining, the stakes are higher than ever for our valiant band of rebels as they face the might of Rome, with the cunning Crassus (Simon Merrells) and Caesar (Todd Lasance) plotting against them at every turn.
Every week after the West Coast airing of "Spartacus: War Of The Damned" (10 p.m. Pst/1 a.m. Est), The Huffington Post is hosting an exclusive video recap featuring one of the stars of the series. The actors reminisce with HuffPost TV's Laura Prudom about their experience filming that week's episode, their character's arc, and how they approached the end of the resilient series.
This week, we're talking to Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who plays the damaged but defiant Naevia. We'll discuss her unbreakable bond with Crixus (Manu Bennett) and her memories of filming Episode 3, titled "Men of Honor."
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- Laura Prudom
New Spartacus season 3,episode 3 intense spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, Starz released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Spartacus: War Of The Damned" episode 3 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Men Of Honor," and it looks mighty intense,once again, as more fighting and brutal killings go down,Spartacus contemplates making deals,and more. In the new "Men Of Honor" episode, Spartacus will consider striking up a deal with a band of marauders to make sure his people stay supplied and fed. Crassus ,son Tiberius, will make a bold and fateful decision. It's revealed that more blood shed is desired by the wild and crazy townsfolk. It's also revealed that Spartacus has taken over the valley area,and of course,more brutal fighting is spotted,going down. Episode 3 is scheduled to air Friday night,February 8th at 9pm on Starz.
New Spartacus »
The 2013 incarnation of the Sundance Film Festival came to a close over the past weekend, giving film fans and critics the first look at numerous anticipated feature films from a slew of directors, writers, and actors, some of whom even pull double duty both in front of and behind the camera. Over the nearly 10-day festival, numerous films were snapped up by distributors, ensuring that the public who was unable to make it to Sundance will get an opportunity to see it at some point. There were more than a few films, however, that did not get picked up by distributors, leaving their fate in limbo, despite looking quite promising. Here are ten films in the latter category that we are still excited and hopeful to see someday.
Note: Not having seen any of these features, this list is in no order other than alphabetical.
Ben Karlin, who has »
- Deepayan Sengupta
George Tillman Jr. made a name for himself writing and directing movies such as Soul Food and directing Men of Honor. After a hiatus, 2009 saw the return of the director, as he helmed the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious, before unexpectedly choosing to helm the Dwayne Johnson action vehicle Faster. His follow-up project, however, had many people excited, as it fit with the sensibilities of the films in the director’s early career. Titled The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, the movie is written by Michael Starrbury, making his feature film writing debut, and stars Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbage. The first clip for the movie, which made its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Screenwriter: Michael Starrbury
Official Synopsis: Separated from their mothers and facing a summer in the Brooklyn projects alone, two boys hide from police and forage for food, with only each other to trust. A story of salvation through friendship and two boys against the world.
It's always a treat to see young actors who can run a whole gamut of emotions. With the help of a stellar supporting cast, newcomers Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) are able to pull off both the comedic and emotional with ease. The chemistry between the two is built so naturally. Dizon has an amazing deadpan delivery, and I wouldn't be surprised if Brooks gets some well deserved awards buzz thrown his way.
Story and Direction:
The film opens very strong. »
- Eli Reyes
Director George Tillman Jr.'s filmography includes star-studded studio projects like "Men of Honor" and "Notorious," but you wouldn't guess it from the ultra-sincere "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," an earnest tale of two lower class kids spending the summer on their own in the Brooklyn projects. The movie hails from a tradition of sentimental, character-driven indies largely based around the strengths of a handful of performances not typically represented in current cinema. To that end, it succeeds, and owes much to the investment of its young leads. But while it contains many earnest ingredients, "Mister and Pete" never obtains the tidy balance of its rhyming title. It doesn't take long to make it clear that the adolescent Mister (spectacular newcomer Skylan Brooks) lives a dreary existence. Booted from school for not doing his work and showing attitude when admonished for it, Mister heads to his grimy, »
- Eric Kohn
20 items from 2013
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