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As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s a forensic rundown of where the charming star fouled up and how she can stop making plane comedies
Remember the 90s? You didn’t just want to be our glamorous best friend (who can burp!). You were keen to show your worth in other, less well-paid ways. Your scene-stealing turn – and dress – in The Mask was followed by low-budget indies such as The Last Supper and She’s the One and even when you edged close to the A-List, you picked wisely. Your comic finesse was showcased in impressively diverse ways in My Best Friend’s Wedding (uptight, giggly), Being John Malkovich (big hair, pet-obsessed) and There’s Something About Mary (lovable, puts sperm in hair) and your spurned lover was the only good thing about Cameron Crowe’s otherwise shallow Vanilla Sky. »
- Benjamin Lee
The Oscar-nominated actor stars as a corrupt estate agent in this week’s 99 Homes, but will it rank among his greatest performances?
Graduating from check-your-phone-and-you’ll-miss-him turns in Groundhog Day and Vanilla Sky to playing the lead villain in 2013’s Man of Steel, Michael Shannon’s luck in Hollywood has changed somewhat.
This week sees him returning to the indie fold with a role as a ruthless estate agent in 99 Homes and to celebrate, we’ve gone back through his varied career to highlight his finest roles.
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- Benjamin Lee
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
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Madrid — In one of the biggest recent program coups for the San Sebastian Film Festival, the biggest event in the Spanish-speaking world, this year’s 63rd edition will open on Sept. 18 with the world premiere of Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression.”
“Regression” will play out of competition.
Sold internationally by Glen Basner’s Film Nation, and for many the most awaited Spanish movie of year, “Regression” stars Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. It will be released in Spain by Universal Pictures Intl. on Oct. 2.
Also written by Amenabar, “Regression” marks his return to the mystery-suspense genre which made his name: Set in Minnesota in 1990, the film stars Hawke as detective Bruce Kenner, investigating the case of young Angela (Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime.
But when Gray admits his guilt, without recollection, a renowned psychologist (David Thewlis) brought into the case discovers a horrifying »
- John Hopewell
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
Witten will attend Comic-Con, where Heavy Metal’s panel is set to disclose its future plans.
Witten’s producer and executive producer credits include an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “Cell,” with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack; “Mother’s Day”; “Chernobyl Diaries”; and 2009’s “Friday the 13th.” Witten was president of Fangoria Film after working as a production exec at Paramount, where he oversaw “Vanilla Sky” and “Mission Impossible 3,” and at New Line, where he presided over “The Wedding Singer,” “Spawn,” “Dark City” and “Final Destination.”
Witten broke into the business in the early 1990s when he partnered with Image Comics co-founder Rob Liefeld on film and TV projects.
Heavy Metal magazine, which began publishing in 1977 in the U.S., specializes in dark fantasy/science-fiction and erotica. »
- Dave McNary
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- Jack Giroux
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include Cameron Crowe’s delayed yet stacked new version of Vanilla Sky, a delightful new film from Noah Baumbach, and more. Click on the links below to purchase. While We’re Young (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - $15.99 (36% off) Vanilla Sky (2001) [Blu-ray] - $8.29 (59% off) Get Hard (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (49% off) Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (63% off) Danny Collins (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $19.99 (43% off) The Gunman (Blu-ray + DVD + Digita HD) - $19.99 (43% off) Five Easy Pieces (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (30% off)
- Adam Chitwood
This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and I talk about the films of writer-director Cameron Crowe. We go through and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of all of Crowe's features--Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, and Aloha--as well as his breakthrough screenwriting work for Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Over the course of our talk, we try to figure out what defines a Cameron Crowe film and why the quality of his work has declined over his past several films. Click here to download the latest episode of The Collider Podcast or listen below; click here for last week’s episode ("Tomorrowland"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. We’ll think you’re a terrific person! If you don’t like the podcast, feel »
- Matt Goldberg
Everyone complains that Hollywood doesn't make original movies anymore, but when the studios actually do, they don't always know how to sell them. That was the lesson of "Tomorrowland" last weekend, and it's the source of this weekend's cautionary box office tale involving two more original wide-release movies, "San Andreas" and "Aloha."
Neither movie got very good reviews, but "San Andreas" was generally considered a sure thing, while "Aloha" was expected to disappoint. In fact, "San Andreas" opened on top with an estimated $53.0 million, well above the $35-to-$40 million pundits had predicted. Conversely, "Aloha" debuted in sixth place with an estimated $10.0 million, at the bottom end of its meager $10-$13 million expectations.
Though one is a big-budget disaster movie and the other a mid-budget romantic dramedy, the two films had a lot more in common than you might think. And yet, those elements proved an asset to one and a detriment to the other. »
- Gary Susman
Even a starry cast led by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, a counter-programming bid against action-heavy “San Andreas,” a romantic Hawaiian setting and a beloved director weren’t enough to keep “Aloha” afloat in its opening weekend.
Sony’s long-awaited Cameron Crowe romantic comedy, which washed ashore laden with a heavy cargo of bad buzz and brutal reviews, landed in sixth place this weekend with $10 million at 2,816 locations in the U.S.
But Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said the opening was “within the studio’s expectations,” and pointed to the B+ CinemaScore for the Cooper, Stone and Rachel McAdams starrer as indication that the troubled film could hold well in coming weeks.
“We’re proud of the film,” he said Sunday. “Our very talented cast is great and we believe it will leg out nicely. There are so many special moments, so it’s very satisfying for audience members. »
- Dave McNary
Though widely praised for his first few films including greats like "Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire" and "Say Anything," filmmaker Cameron Crowe has not had a good run since the turn of the millennium.
"Vanilla Sky" was not well-regarded, "Elizabethtown" even less so and the more recent "We Bought a Zoo" seem to come and go without a whisper. Now he's back with the rom-com "Aloha" which includes the beloved Emma Stone and well-liked Bradley Cooper teaming for something fairly formulaic that should be an easy sell. Chuck in great supporting talent like Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski and it should be - even at worst - non-offensive.
Unfortunately it's not going down that way. Critical reviews haven't just been bad, they've been scathing with the film scoring a 19% and 4.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 40/100 on Metacritic. Trying to combat the bad buzz, Sony »
- Garth Franklin
Summer’s settling in, the kids are out of school, so how about a vacation? Or at least a visit to the multiplex to take in a very popular vacation spot. And you wouldn’t be leaving the good ole’ Us of A! I’m referring to our 50th state, Hawaii. So who will you be traveling with on this cinematic stay in the Pacific’s paradise? Well, it’s a gaggle of true, “big deal” Hollywood actors and actresses. So, was it the mild temps and gorgeous beaches that lured this impressive cast here? It didn’t hurt, but the main lure may have been the chance to work with the celebrated author/director Cameron Crowe. After leaving the pages of Rolling Stone magazine, he contributed the script for the seminal 80’s teen comedy/drama Fast Times At Ridgemont High. When he took on directing in 1989, he made a »
- Jim Batts
Cameron Crowe has made a career telling stories of flawed men who are saved thanks to young, quasi-magical women. His best films have shown the cracks in these maniacal pixies. Consider the crippling self-doubt of Penny Lane in Almost Famous, or the world-weariness of Renee Zellweger’s Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire. Penelope Cruz’s Sofia Serrano in Vanilla Sky quite literally becomes […] »
- Dan Mecca
If you’re a dedicated Cameron Crowe fan, you may have been forced to spend part of the last 15 years repeatedly explaining why. Since Almost Famous, Crowe’s non-documentary feature output has included two movies instantly/violently rejected by both critics and the public (Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown) and one semi-soft family film that got a parody Twitter account and endless derision months before release solely due to the admittedly risible title We Bought a Zoo. His latest, Aloha, also has a dumb title and arrives savaged by Amy Pascal in emails made public as part of the Sony hack and ominously unscreened for press until the week […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Cameron Crowe has turned into George Lucas, and not in a good way. After an acclaimed, beloved trilogy as a writer-director (“Say Anything,” “Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire”), Crowe has blown his opportunities, and the good will of his audience, with disappointment after disappointment: “Vanilla Sky,” “We Bought a Zoo,” and the astoundingly unbearable “Elizabethtown.” “Aloha” doesn’t reverse that trend, offering a script so contrived and artificial that not even the combined sparkle of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and the state of Hawaii itself can save it. See Video: Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone Say 'Aloha' in First Trailer for Cameron Crowe. »
- Alonso Duralde
In 2005, the new film from writer/director Cameron Crowe was a highly anticipated event. His Almost Famous follow-up Vanilla Sky was an odd sojourn into psychological thriller territory, but with its Middle America setting and central love story, surely Elizabethtown would be a return to form. Unfortunately, reviews were unkind and the movie failed to catch on in a significant way with audiences. But while the film has issues (Orlando Bloom being miscast is its most glaring offense), it’s unfairly viewed as a failure in Crowe’s career when in fact it’s a film with plenty of merit. One of the things that Crowe absolutely nails in Elizabethtown is his portrayal of the American South. It’s not a clichéd or glib portrait of “small town livin’,” but instead comes off as earnest and kind. Crowe takes his time in these scenes, and while Bloom’s Drew Baylor »
- Adam Chitwood
With acclaimed early Films “Say Anything …” and “Jerry Maguire” -— his first writing credit was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” — Cameron Crowe made a charmed transition from baby-faced rock journalist to Hollywood filmmaker of distinction. By the mid-1990s, he was hailed for his flair with well-observed, character-driven movies.
The 57-year-old writer-director-producer has chosen to work largely on his own terms, alternating quirky, often very personal films with several rockumentaries that returned him to his early life on the music scene.
As Sony Pictures plans a wide opening for his latest movie, “Aloha,” on May 29, Crowe is decades removed from his biggest successes, busy branching into television, and dearly in need of a return to top form, for both himself and for the studio.
It’s hard to measure expectations for “Aloha,” though, because of its fraught journey to the screen and its makers’ reticence to talk about the picture. »
- James Rainey
Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams in AlohaPhoto: Columbia Pictures Cameron Crowe's last film was the lackluster 2011 release We Bought a Zoo and four years later he's back with Aloha, which is already battling negative word of mouth as a result of a delayed release date and a negative email correspondence from the studio's Chairperson, Amy Pascal, following the email hack of Sony Pictures. So to say the film is being looked at with a crooked eye is an understatement and yet, when you have the filmmaker that brought us Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky and most notably Almost Famous, people still tend to want to hope for the best. Add a cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin and that hope increases. Today I have twenty pictures from the upcoming movie along with the first clip just below, but first the »
- Brad Brevet
Stiller posted a picture of him as Zoolander alongside young actor Cyrus Arnold (Sam & Cat) in a red sports car as they posed for the snap, but while Derek is still keeping his “magnum” look, Derek Jr. looks decidedly uninterested.
Co-written by Stiller and Justin Theroux (Iron Man 2), who is directing the film, Zoolander 2 stars Stiller alongside the returning Owen Wilson as Hansel, Christine Taylor as Mahtilda and Will Ferrell as the evil Mugatu, although Ferrell’s appearance is rumoured to be only a cameo. Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky) and Kristen Wiig (Anchorman 2) also joins the cast, as well as further rumoured cameos from model Cara Delevingne and Oscar Nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street).
Zoolander 2 opens on February 12th, »
- Scott J. Davis
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