19 items from 2012
Jay Mohr Sports will air live from noon to 3 Pm Et on weekdays beginning January 2, 2013. Mohr moves into the midday spot after guest-hosting for Premiere Sports and AM570 Fox Sports La. He has appeared in more than 200 episodes of network television, including Ghost Whisperer, Gary Unmarried and Saturday Night Live. His film work includes Hereafter, Pay It Forward and Jerry Maguire in which he played the role of back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar. Mohr is represented by the law firm of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein and manager Barry Katz (Barry Katz Entertainment). »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Ok, so I’m not totally sure what to make of this Bad Kids Go To Hell movie just yet. We were sent the trailer via email; its got a catchy title, but is it horror? Do I post about it on the site? Or throw it under the “Beyond Fright” banner? At first glance of the following trailer, it looks like the filmmaker’s are attempting to do a modern day version of The Breakfast Club; hell they even have Judd Nelson in there in one of the adult roles. But then it looks like it takes a rather dark turn. Did they conjure up a nasty entity? Or is one of them killing the rest? Regardless, I’m not sure how to classify this flick but the press release under this video calls it The Grudge meets The Breakfast Club. So I figured it warranted a view. Check »
- Rob Galluzzo
It's true that we here at JustPressPlay are more likely to shred a heartwarming piece of thoughtless family fluff to pieces instead of recommend it for the sake of its wholesome goodness, but we're critics and we expect a little something more. Brought to you by Tim Kring, the creator of the series Heroes, Kiefer Sutherland's newest show Touch is that something more. Equal parts Touched By an Angel, Pay it Forward, and Numbers, Touch is the story of a father and his emotionally distant son who has the ability to read into the mathematical connections binding people together and shed light on the ways they can be helped. It's family-friendly television that's also well-written and which features an excellent cast beyond Sutherland like Danny Glover, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Maria Bello, Catherine Dent, and David Mazouz.
Whether you caught its first season this year or you want to catch up »
- Lex Walker
Whenever a movie studio announces plans for another remake, the reaction among fans and pundits is always the same: Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.
But we like to look on the bright side of things, which is why we're so happy when we hear of a cool remake or reboot. Hey, who needs new ideas when there are already so many great old ideas waiting to be rediscovered?
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 50 — that's right, 50! — upcoming Hollywood remakes that tickle our fancy. Because if these films were good the first time, you never know, you might just enjoy them even more the second time around.
Status: The good news for director Pete Travis ("Vantage Point") and star Urban ("Star Trek," "The Lord of the Rings") is that they won't have to do much to meet fan expectations; Sylvester Stallone »
- Scott Harris
New Year’s Eve is the next installment in the converging story holiday-themed line-up, and despite serving as passable entertainment in a niche that scoffs at being taken too seriously, there isn’t a lot of life left in the shtick. The story, and the inclusion of at least two of the tangential arcs, feels forced, put together because we have a few more big names willing to join in, and need something for them to do.
This time around, we find ourselves following the New Year’s Eve festivities in New York City, and what better way could there be than sitting on the shoulder of the person responsible for the making sure the ball drops? Claire (Hilary Swank) is the new VP of whatever organization runs Times Square, and she’s running the show. Naturally, a hiccup leaves the ball stuck on its way up, and she has to scramble. »
- Marc Eastman
Please check out the video interview below the official details about the project.
MoreHorror in Hollywood has announced the availability of a recent discussion with the creative team intent on bringing The Devoted to the big screen. In the new video segment Dawna Lee Heising questions the team about the reason they chose to “The Devoted,” the story’s plot, the estimated opening date and the goals of filmmaker Richmond Riedel, his producing partner Thom Michael Mulligan and writers Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan.
The Devoted was written by Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan. Shapiro and Jordan co-produced the film Rule Of Three, and which, like Target Practice, was released in 2010 by Big Screen Entertainment Group. Earlier this month, Ravenous Shadows, »
HollywoodNews.com: The Playlist doesn’t break news all that often, merely seeing fit to be a one-stop shop for the movie news that everyone else breaks during the day (I don’t mean that as an insult, The Playlist is the site I go to if I only have time to surf one movie news site in a given day), So it’s somewhat of a big deal that The Playlist has broken a pretty major story, confirming that director Gary Ross will not be back to helm the second and/or third films in the Hunger Games franchise. There have been rumblings all week about contract negotiations, and Ross has now politely passed. The site chalks it up to both Ross’s lack of desire to stay in the same universe for the next several years combined with a somewhat low-ball offer from Lionsgate. Whatever the case, Ross »
- Scott Mendelson
Did you know that 68% of date nights take place on the couch in front of a wall-mounted TV? No, you didn’t, because I made that up. But it seems increasingly apparent that more people are using their weekends to stay in and snuggle (either with a partner, a posse, or themselves) while binging on some of streaming’s finest. If your weekend date with Netflix is hopelessly unplanned, let EW help you track down some of this week’s best new streaming additions:
New on Netflix*: Movies
- Marc Snetiker
The first trailer for the drama People Like Us (formerly titled Welcome to People) has gone online. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) from a script he co-wrote with writing partner Roberto Orci and relative newcomer Jody Lambert. The story centers on a man (Chris Pine) who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he never met (Elizabeth Banks). Despite the grating pop-rock song, the trailer doesn’t look half bad. Though the story could turn sappy really fast, there look to be some swell performances from the film's impressive cast. The plot device comes off a bit too Pay it Forward-like for my taste, but hopefully that's just a result of trying to sell the story in a two-minute trailer. Nevertheless, the film does look to be walking a very fine line between cheese-fest and solid character drama, »
- Adam Chitwood
A couple of years ago, an eccentric award-winning actor had a choice: He could star in an unreasonable amount of movies of declining quality, stockpiling paychecks as his reputation and brand diminished, or he could sell his dinosaur bones and castles to appease the IRS and become significantly less weird. Well, here's to Nicolas Cage for keeping it weirder than ever, movies be damned.
"Seeking Justice" finds Cage starring as New Orleans high school teacher Will Gerard. It's a storybook life, as we see him (unconvincingly) partying with friends while holding the hand of beautiful wife Laura (January Jones, placeholder). An evening of canoodling ends in bed as he gifts her with a necklace, a token of his still-strong affections. So far, so generic.
One night, Laura is attacked, a victim of a random sexual assault, and Will rushes to her side. Awash with guilt and fear in the waiting room, »
- Gabe Toro
At the Academy Awards, Best Picture might be the big prize, but the ones that both the winners and the audience have the most emotional connection to tend to be the acting prizes. Seeing a beloved star, or a fresh-faced newcomer, finally pick up a statue more often than not ends up leading the mainstream media coverage; it's always more moving than some producer's acceptance speech.
This year, we saw Meryl Streep finally win her third, and Christopher Plummer win his first, becoming the oldest actor ever to pick up a statuette. Those might have been predicted a while off by many. Meanwhile, two relative unknowns, Jean Dujardin and Octavia Spencer, also became Oscar-winners. Anyone who claims that they predicted those twelve months ago is a liar. Once again, the awards season can be guessed at, but it also springs up all kinds of surprises.
After our picks for Best Picture yesterday, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Washington, Mar 2: Jon Bon Jovi hits a half century as he celebrates his 50th birthday on Friday.
As he touches 50, Us radio station WENN trawled through the archives to find 10 fascinating facts about the rocker.
Jon Bon Jovi was a majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul, a Us Arena Football League team.
He was awarded an. »
- Abhijeet Sen
The adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 9/11 novel begins promisingly, but soon drowns in treacly sentimentality
In 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Centre were an unloved New York landmark that became overnight a palpable absence on the skyline and a complex emblem for our tormented times. In his distinguished book Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, published in December of that year, architect and film-maker James Sanders called them "that most overbearing symbol of the new city": he was discussing their unlovely role in Three Days of the Condor (the film's villain, the CIA, had its headquarters there), and in the 1976 version of King Kong.
The book was in proof the week of 9/11 and Sanders considered removing these opprobrious references, but wisely decided this would distort the way Manhattan was perceived by both himself and his readers. Others reacted more precipitately, and film-makers cut shots of »
- Philip French
Chicago – With elements of “Pay It Forward,” “The Number 23,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” classic inspirational TV fare like “Touched by an Angel,” and the later seasons of “Heroes,” Fox’s new drama, “Touch,” is an absolute mess. The special preview episode airing tonight, January 25th, 2012 (nearly two months in advance of its actual series premiere), feels like it’s actually trying to set a record for heavy-handed emotional manipulation. 9/11, a single father, child illness, suicide bombing, child death, a school bus crash — if a writer came to most showrunners and said they were going to cram all of these melodramatic devices into One Episode, they would be told to go back to the drawing board. Because the result would be a disaster like “Touch.”
Television Rating: 1.0/5.0
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Two insufferable hours of sanctimonious Hollywood mush, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close topped my “Ten Worst” of 2011 because it aimed so high and had so far to fall. It’s easy to dump on a lame comedy like Jack And Jill, but Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, a self-important look at one boy’s experience with the 9-11 tragedy, is a picture obviously tailor-made for Academy Award consideration, but it’s a crass sap-a-thon (or sappy crapathon) that indulges to the hilt every obnoxious feel-good quality imaginable, a saccharine nightmare that you may find yourself trapped in should you not heed my warning: ….It’s simply the worst….movie…..ever!
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close tells the story of 12-year-old Oskar Schell, whose father was killed in the 9-11 tragedy. Oskar’s Jewish jeweler dad (Tom Hanks) is shown in flashbacks trying to focus his socially-challenged son’s mind by sending him on scavenger hunts, »
- Tom Stockman
Remember Haley Joel Osment, the adorable/creepy kid from The Sixth Sense and Pay It Forward? He’s making a comeback in Sassy Pants and trying his darndest to make a new impression on a public that hasn’t seen him in a feature film since 2003 when he starred Secondhand Lions.
In the new independent comedy, he plays Chip, a young, hard-partying gay man who forms a relationship with his much older boyfriend’s naïve daughter. The bold career move reminds me of Macaulay Culkin, another former child star who tried to make the difficult transition into adult stardom by reemerging in edgy projects like Party Monster and the religious comedy Saved!. While it didn’t exactly work for Culkin, hopefully Osment’s makes a much more successful re-introduction on Jan. 28, the day when Sassy Pants premieres at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Written and directed by Coley Sohn, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Here’s the trailer for Sassy Pants, some indie movie or something co-starring Ashley Rickards, Anna Gunn (Skyler from Breaking Bad) and Diedrich Bader (Oswald from The Drew Carey Show), but which mostly grabbed our attention because of the surprise big-screen return of a now 23-year-old Haley Joel Osment: It’s himmmmmm!!! “I see dead Adults…” So what’s Mr. Joel Osment been up to since the big Pay It Forward / A.I. double-Oscar-snub? (Can’t you win Two Oscars by the time you’re 15?) According to this Google prompt, people Really want to know if he got fat: Oh, you can watch the trailer for Sassy Pants after the jump. It’s alright. The biggest highlight has already been screencapped above (the Google thing): Finally – Haley Joel Osment and Diedrich Bader back together for the first time since The Country Bears, when Osment played a character named Beary Bearrington. »
- Dan Hopper
There are two things you don’t hear us say very often on this site: one of them is “Haley Joel Osment” and the other is “Sassy Pants.” Tonight marks the exceedingly rare moment where we’ll say both of those things in one sentence, as in, we have a new trailer for you from the comedy Sassy Pants starring Haley Joel Osment. The film, by debut feature director Coley Sohn, stars Ashley Rickards (Awkward) as a teenage girl who attempts to get a job before going away to college. Complicating her plans of escape are an overbearing mom (Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad) and her gay father, played by Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite). The aforementioned Osment plays Chip Hardy, the father’s boyfriend. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see Osment like you’ve never seen him before (and probably never wanted to). Thanks to THR for »
- Dave Trumbore
Another year, another opportunity to watch morbidly obese people toppling off of treadmills. But while the 20 individuals competing for the title of the 13th (!!) Biggest Loser still have numerous miles to climb and Jennie-o promotional tie-ins to film, I personally fulfilled my 2012 pop-culture resolution by sitting through last night’s two-hour premiere without ordering any Indian food. As Bob Harper would say, it was a Biggest Loser breakthrough. [Spoilers ahead]
Those who like to snark about Loser’s repetitive formula should know that some pretty significant changes occurred during the show’s three-week off-season. First there was the departure of tennis star Anna Kournikova, »
- Shaunna Murphy
19 items from 2012
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