14 items from 2016
Evil goes viral when The Levenger Tapes arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand July 5 from Lionsgate. Johanna Braddy, Lili Mirojnick, Morgan Krantz, and Chris Mulkey star in the terrifying found-footage thriller. When three college students go missing, a team of small-town detectives must scour through disturbing videos left behind to try and piece together their whereabouts. As the clues come to light, it seems their disappearance may be connected to another sinister crime. The Levenger Tapes DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
This chilling horror tale follows three college students on an ill-fated weekend getaway. After finding what seems to be evidence of murder, the kids disappear, leaving behind a video camera. Thinking the missing students’ footage may help solve the kidnapping of a teenage girl, »
- Tom Stockman
The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.
The Do-Over is set to premiere on Netflix on May 27th and features a cast that also includes Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Kathryn Hahn (Tomorrowland), Luis Guzman (Narcos), Nick Swardson (The Ridiculous 6), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Matt Walsh (Ted), Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty) and Michael Chiklis (Gotham.
- Amie Cranswick
With the release of the Academy Award-winning comedy-drama The Big Short released today in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD, Steve Carell (Anchorman 2, Cafe Society) has been talking about the film, working with Adam McKay and his career in both comedy and drama.
Could you explain the housing crisis in a sentence? No more than five words.
[laughs] In a sentence? What this movie is about is various groups of investors who saw a housing bubble and shorted the market. They essentially bet against the economy. The economy failing was their success and a handful of people saw it and made an awful lot of money because of it.
How much of the financial jargon did you have to learn?
I had to learn all of it. I didn’t learn it phonetically – I actually had to have some sort of understanding. Adam likes to improvise so that definitely was »
- Scott J. Davis
Netflix has debuted a new trailer and poster for the upcoming comedy The Do-Over, which we have for you here…
Directed by Steven Brill (Little Nicky), the new comedy stars Adam Sandler (The Ridiculous 6) and David Spade (Grown Ups) and “follows a bank manager whose life is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.” The film is the second in Sandler’s lucrative four-picture deal with Netflix, after last year’s The Ridiculous 6.
Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Kathryn Hahn (Tomorrowland), Luis Guzman (Narcos), Nick Swardson (The Ridiculous 6), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Matt Walsh (Ted), Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty) and Michael Chiklis (Gotham) co-star.
The Do-Over is set for release on May 27th.
- Scott J. Davis
Morgan Freeman has been nominated for five Oscars, winning in 2005 for his supporting role in “Million Dollar Baby.” But his name first appeared on these pages in a review of the 1969 Broadway play “The Dozens.” “I’ve been in two really stinky plays, and that was one of them,” Freeman says. “But that’s where I got my first mention in Variety.” To younger audiences, he’s perhaps best known for playing God in “Bruce Almighty”; he’s re-exploring the man upstairs in National Geographic’s “The Story of God.”
Why were you interested in “The Story of God?”
I have this curiosity about life, and one of the things that surrounds life is the idea of death, and what comes with the idea of death is what comes after that. And all of that is encapsulated in our ideas of God and religion.
Your first Variety mention was in »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“The Story of God With Morgan Freeman” is a very good title, marketing-wise, for a series that could have been called “Introduction to Religion” or “Belief” (as it was when Own recently covered similar territory) or, less charitably, “Morgan Freeman Travels the World Asking the Big Questions on National Geographic Channel’s Dime.” Earnest but unlikely to change many hearts or minds, the project rather blandly leverages its celebrity quotient to milk six episodes out of the great mysteries.
“What is beyond death? How can any of us know?” Freeman asks in the opening hour, which deals with conceptions of what happens after we die. “I want to know how the afterlife first became part of religion,” he asks, and whoosh, it’s off to Egypt, to speak with religious experts.
- Brian Lowry
Deadline is reporting that The Weinstein Company is prepping a remake of the massively successful French film The Intouchables and may have found its leading men.
The Weinstein Company have long wanted to make an American version of the film, and after years of trying they may finally be about to get their wish, especially after Paul Feig (Ghostbusters) was hired to write the script. Previously, names such as Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’ Baby) and director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty) have been linked. Feig himself was set to make the film after Bridesmaids, but instead opted to write the script only.
Released in 2011, The Intouchables (known as Untouchable in the UK) was a massive success internationally, »
- Scott J. Davis
The Israeli directing team helmed the 2013 black comedy “Big Bad Wolves,” which was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Paramount released the original “Death Wish,” starring Charles Bronson, in 1974 with Michael Winner directing and Dino De Laurentiis producing. The $3 million film was a major success, grossing $22 million at the box office.
Former MGM co-chairman Roger Birnbaum is producing the new project. He was a producer on the “Rush Hour” franchise, “Bruce Almighty” and 2009’s “Star Trek” before joining with Spyglass partner Gary Barber to take over MGM in 2010. Birnbaum returned to producing in 2013.
Joe Carnahan, Dan Gilroy and Graham Yost have worked on the script for the remake. The 1974 original was based on the Brian Garfield novel about vigilante Paul Kersey, who goes after criminals when his wife is murdered and his daughter »
- Dave McNary
Hillary Clinton is hoping Hollywood’s “Voice of God” will woo voters in a new campaign commercial release Friday. Morgan Freeman, who played God twice in comedies “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty,” narrates the spot debuted during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” “Her life’s work has been about breaking barriers and so would her presidency, which is why for every American who’s not being paid what they’re worth, who’s being held back by student debt or a system tilted against them, and there are far too many of you, she understands that our country can’t reach »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Welcome to another look at the highs and lows of Hollywood remakes. This time, we’ve got one of the better ones, as we compare two of the all-time great screen comedians in two of their best roles. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Nutty Professor.
Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy are two of the best big-screen comedians in the history of the film industry. Jerry Lewis’ 1963 hit The Nutty Professor is a comedy classic, which Lewis wrote and directed himself. Eddie Murphy is one of the few comedians talented enough to try to recapture that magic and succeed. Murphy’s remake is so entertaining that it matches the original in overall comedic quality. Which is better? Let’s look at the two versions.
What’s interesting about this comparison is that both versions of The Nutty Professor are the benchmark for the second half of the careers of the respective stars. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Can someone please tell me what happened to Jim Carrey? Oh right, he got older. He’s been in relationships, has kids, etc etc. Think Adam Sandler. Still though, I’m pretty sure the last time I remember seeing Carrey be even remotely funny in a movie was in Bruce Almighty, and maybe Yes Man. And I must say that’s really pushing it because in the grand scheme of things, he wasn’t really funny at all in those flicks compared to his older days. I miss the days of In Living Color and Ace Ventura. And it’s not just shows or movies.
10 Great Clips from when Jim Carrey Used to be Funny »
- Nat Berman
Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up.
On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!
Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »
- Adriana Floridia
With that signature (and soothing) voice coupled with a cool and calm demeanour, Morgan Freeman portrayed God with such compelling gravitas across Bruce Almighty and its middling spinoff Evan Almighty that he could fool us into believing that he actually is the all-powerful deity – ice-white suit and all.
It’s been almost a decade since Freeman last played the role in 2007, though while speaking to /Film, the esteemed actor revealed that he would be game for returning for Bruce Almighty 2, but only if Jim Carrey joins him. Said he: “I think I would have to if they did it. If Jim Carrey plays his character, and if I was called on, I would feel obligated.”
Carrey and Freeman first united for the original sleeper hit in 2003, where the former took on the role of Bruce Nolan, a struggling field reporter who is imbued with divine powers capable of reversing not only his own fortunes, »
- Michael Briers
Morgan Freeman met with the press of the Television Critics Association after his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. During the interview, /Film asked Freeman if he would return for Bruce Almighty 2. Freeman played God in the first film, and the spinoff Evan Almighty. “I think I would have to if […]
- Fred Topel
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