5 items from 2015
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 2011, I moved from New York to London. I can make free video phone calls to my friends and family, and I can be home in a few hours; planes go back and forth between the two cities with the regularity and frequency of a bus schedule (if, alas, for quite a bit more than bus fare). But still: it was hard. It remains an emotional challenge to be separated from people I love back home even as I get more and more emotionally connected to a new home.
So I cannot even imagine what it must have »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Cate Blanchett is no stranger to the Oscars. The Australian-born actress has two statues already, as well as three other nominations, and is hoping to add to that award season resume this year with buzz surrounding both Carol, a 1950’s-set period drama about a lesbian relationship between a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) and her relationship with a married woman (Blanchett), and Truth, the story of Dan Rather‘s (Robert Redford) dismissal from CBS’ 60 Minutes following investigations into president George W. Bush‘s military service.
Though she plays the titular character in Carol, the argument could be made that Blanchett was more of a supporting player, as Mara actually has more screen time and even beat out Blanchett for the best actress award at Cannes earlier this year. Truth, however, is Blanchett’s film and she could possibly push to get nominated for the lead »
- Patrick Shanley
The comedy - which was partially funded by an Indiegogo campaign - tells the emotional story of a young woman named Jenny (Heigl) coming out to her parents.
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The straight-laced family have difficulty accepting their daughter's love for another woman, and a rift grows when Jenny announces plans to marry.
A new trailer for the family drama was released less than a week after a historic Us Supreme Court ruling upheld the legality of same-sex marriage.
This gripping portrayal of a same-sex couple was written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue, »
Last week, #lovewins was the hashtag heard around the world when the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage was a Constitutional right. And the timing couldn't be better for "Jenny's Wedding," which takes on the topic head on and a new trailer has landed for the film. Written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue (who also penned "Beaches," "White Oleander," and "Veronica Guerin"), and starring Katherine Heigl, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, and Grace Gummer, the story follows Jenny, who comes out of the closet to her family and announces that she will be marrying her partner Kitty, and must deal with consequences of disappointment and surprises that follow. The dramedy doesn't feel particularly groundbreaking in a narrative sense, but the emotions ring true, and the cast looks pretty solid all around. A simple story, well told and with a bit of heart looks to be goal and "Jenny's Wedding" aims to hit it. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Screen Gems releases “The Wedding Ringer” on Jan. 16, the Kevin Hart comedy marks not only screenwriter Garelick’s directorial debut, but also the end of a very long and winding road for the project.
“I wrote it over 13 years ago with Jay Lavender, when it was called ‘The Golden Tux,’ ” he says. (The team also co-wrote 2006’s unusually realistic relationship comedy “The Break-Up” for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.) “I was shooting second unit in Dublin on Joel Schumacher’s ‘Veronica Guerin’ at the time, and Jay was in L.A. We sent stuff back and forth, and we sold it in 2002 to Todd Phillips.” Since then, the project may have languished, but Garelick — a Yale graduate who started at CAA before getting his big break as Schumacher’s assistant — has worked hard to learn everything he could about becoming a director.
“I was on the set of ‘Tigerland, »
- Iain Blair
5 items from 2015
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