12 items from 2011
The 32nd American Film Market (Afm) – taking place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA – will be screening 395 films, including 65 world premieres and 295 market premieres – the works of prominent actors and directors including Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jackie Chan, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Fassbender, William Friedkin, Amy Heckerling, Kiera Knightly, Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Carey Mulligan, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Todd Solondz, Aurdrey Tautou and Michelle Williams. The 2011 Afm will take place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA.
Films making their World Premieres include A Gang Story, starring Gérard Lanvin and Tchéky Karyo; Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra; Columbus Circle, starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak; Nobel’S Last Will, starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée; Snowflake, The White Gorilla, starring Elsa Pataky and Pere Ponce; Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoit Magimel; and The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko. »
James Gunn’s darkly comic take on superhero lore is out in the UK this Friday. Matt reckons you should see it. Here's why...
It was only as I was leaving the theatre after watching Super that it occurred to me. I was elated, excited and energised. Super had exceeded my expectations, and was the best film I’d seen in a long time. I practically skipped out of the room with a zeal that you’ll usually only see from critics at press screenings if the free bar is still open.
I was about ready to start offering high fives to the other attendees, but then I noticed that they weren’t skipping with me. They were shuffling their feet, looking at the floor and mumbling to each other that it was ‘weird’.
I can’t say I noticed it in the screening room, but it stands to reason »
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films being made available by Netflix for instant streaming. Important Note: There may be some films that do not become available on the specified dates. This is merely a report of the most accurate release dates I can find, but is not directly confirmed by Netflix themselves.
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)
Streaming Available: 06/29/2011
Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, »
- Travis Keune
The episode opens inside Tara's head, with Bryce strapped to a gurney with a hood over his head. As he sings "The Logical Song" by Supertramp, Tara turns a wheel and ducks his head into a tub of filthy water. Waterboarding vs. Supertramp? I can't decide who's getting tortured worse.
Oh wait, yes I can, it's me. I hate that song, although knowing that it includes the "tackled" sound effect from an early handheld electronic football game once won me 25 bucks in a radio trivia contest.
Tara screams that she has a life to lead and Bryce mocks her about how badly her life is going. In a line clearly meant to foreshadow the Season Four we'll never get, Bryce says that Tara has "no idea how much crazy is bouncing around that lopsided skull of yours." Following a remark about Tara's nether regions far too vile for me to repeat here, »
Sox owner John Henry and his wife Linda have decided to back Lucky Them, an indie about a music writer searching for her ex-boyfriend. She's on assignment but willing to track him down for the story, whatever lingering hard feelings might still be there. The picture was being produced by the late great Paul Newman, but after his death, longtime beloved wife Joanne Woodward stepped in. She.s already tapped Alec Baldwin, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney to star, and production should begin before the year.s end. No word on who might play what, but once principal photography begins, these details should emerge. Almost one hundred years ago, former Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold baseball legend Babe Ruth to the hated Yankees to finance a Broadway play called My Lady Friends or No No Nanette, depending on which of the many urban legends you »
Hayes joins 'Stooges': 20th Century Fox continues to fill out its cast for the Farrelly Brothers' Three Stooges remake, with Sean Hayes ("Will and Grace") entering the fold as Larry. Hayes joins Will Sasso ("$#*! My Dad Says"), who was cast as Curly last week. The casting of TV actors seems a bit odd, especially since names like Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro were once attached to the project. It now looks like the Farrellys are finding actors who best fit the roles, rather than just gathering big names. I have to give them credit for that. Stay tuned, the third leg in the tripod (Moe) will likely be cast this week. [Variety]
"Hobbit" adds another: Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Concords") will play Lindir, an Elf of Rivendell, in The Hobbit. McKenzie actually appeared as an extra in the first and third Lord of the Rings films. McKenzie »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Alec Baldwin and Allison Janney are set for the leads in the upcoming indie film Lucky Them, according to Variety. The film is co-written and directed by Huck Botko (writer of The Last Exorcism and writer/director of The Virginity Hit). The story follows a “rock music journo assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.” So far we don't know any specifics about the cast, but it's most likely that Tomei will play the journalist.
The film is being funded by John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox and his wife Linda Pizzuti Henry, and was the last producing project for Paul Newman before his death. Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, has taken over as executive producer and production is expected to begin later this year.
What are your thoughts of this casting news? »
It’s a good sign for any project, big or small, when it builds up an impressive cast before a lot of movement happens in terms of any development. Such is the case for the upcoming indie film Lucky Them, which Variety says has pulled in Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Alec Baldwin and Allison Janney for its leads.
The film, co-written and directed by The Last Exorcism writer and The Virginity Hit writer/director Huck Botko, follows a “rock music journo assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.” None of the cast members have been specified, although it’s not that out there to assume Tomei is the journalist. Still, even that’s just a guess.
- Nick Newman
Over the weekend, the late Paul Newman's final production project, Lucky Them, made an investor out of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. The indie flick, now being exec. produced by Newman's widow Joanne Woodward, was written by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) and Emily Wachtel. According to Variety, Botko will helm the pic which tells the story of a "rock-music journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend." Currently, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Alec Baldwin are attached to the project in unspecified roles. Shooting on Lucky Them is expected to begin later this year. »
- Jason Barr
Re-conceived as a feature, Joanna Woodward will serve as executive producer on the film and shooting kicks off later this year. »
- Garth Franklin
Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Fc owner John Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti Henry have invested in comedy Lucky Them, the indie film that was Paul Newman’s final producing project and has been assumed by his widow, Joanne Woodward.
Marisa Tomei (The Lincoln Lawyer), Alec Baldwin (Rock of Ages) and Thomas Haden Church (Paul in Another Happy Day) starring a film; Allison Janney ( Charlotte in the upcoming The Help) is also attached.
Production schedule for Lucky Them is still under wraps, even though the plan is reportedly to shoot this film in Gotham or New York, whatever, later this year.
- Nikola Mraovic
Between the broadcast and cable networks, there are exactly one kajillion different things to watch this week. We’re here to tell you about 22 of ‘em.
Monday, February 7
8/7c | Chuck (NBC) | For their first “engagement” (heh) as fiancé and fiancée, Chuck and Sarah make tracks for Morocco to rescue superspy Roan Montgomery (returning guest star John Larroquette). Thing is, the master seducer doesn’t fancy himself in need of saving.
8 pm | House (Fox) | When Cuddy’s mom goes from being a Pita to the Potw, House pulls out all the (ethical) stops to save her bacon.
9 pm | The Chicago Code »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
12 items from 2011
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