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Even the best football movies struggle to capture the sport's drama on film. The worst (and there are many) are truly abysmal
Why has cinema found football to be such a tricky customer? Football scenes in film and television are traditionally very awkward affairs, with the "defenders" tip-toeing nervously around the "attackers" as they advance, the goal finally coming via the sort of impractical flying volley you just never see on a real pitch. It's clearly very difficult to let someone score a script-dictated goal while pretending to try to stop them but, at the same time, trying not to look like you're pretending to try to stop them. Perhaps they teach it at Rada, who knows?
Furthermore, filmmakers have the challenge of adding a fictional big-screen gloss to what is already an overwhelmingly camera-friendly and consistently dramatic spectacle in its own right. Real-life football already has its own "script »
- Adam Hurrey
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote their upcoming comedy, Blended, and gave the audience a sweet treat. The pair, who first appeared together in 1998's The Wedding Singer, then again in 2004 for 50 First Dates, sang the "Every 10 Years" song about their romantic reunions - with a little help from Fallon on the guitar. Did you know Barrymore is the Rob Ford to Sandler's crack cocaine? As funny as the lyrics were, the best part comes at the end, when Sandler unexpectedly sings a bit of "Grow Old With You," the song he sings to her at the end of The Wedding Singer. Also worth the watch: Barrymore's reaction when Sandler asks if he's a better leading man than Fallon, who starred opposite Barrymore in Fever Pitch. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon both had a lot to celebrate last week, so it's only right that they did so together! The longtime friends - along with Drew's husband, Will Kopelman, Jimmy's wife, Nancy Juvonen, and their baby daughter, Winnie - took a weekend trip to the Hamptons for some rest and relaxation after an eventful few days. Jimmy took the stage for his first official week as the host of The Tonight Show in NYC, which proved to be a huge success. Jimmy welcomed huge stars like Kim Kardashian, Will Smith, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, and Michelle Obama and closed out his epic first week with Justin Timberlake in the fifth installment of The History of Rap. Drew is scheduled to be a guest on Jimmy's show this Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Drew, who is currently pregnant with her second daughter, kicked off last week with some »
- Brittney Stephens
Jimmy Fallon is only a few days away from taking over at The Tonight Show, but his road to success has not been always been an easy one. The 39-year-old, along with his wife Nancy Juvonen, opens up in the latest issue of Parade about overcoming professional and personal hardships and how they got to where they are today. "You're a little depressed that you're not wanted," Fallon revealed about a low point in his career, after the release of Taxi in 2004 and Fever Pitch in 2005. "We'd go out to bars, have drinks, and I'd sing with the band." He continued: "It wasn't like I was blacking out or getting into fights." Juvonen added that Fallon was "just »
Jimmy Fallon has big shoes to fill as he takes over The Tonight Show starting next week, but he's ready - thanks to his 6-month-old daughter, Winnie. As he explains in the Feb. 16 issue of Parade, the way she "squeals and chirps" makes him and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, feel like they're "in a Disney cartoon." All joking aside, Jimmy is more than ready - albeit nervous - for this "insane" opportunity starring on the historical late-night show, and he already has two dream guests in mind: Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis. "I'd make it fun for them," he promised. Keep reading for more from Jimmy's Parade cover story, including the sweet story about him falling in love with his wife, some tough memories from a decade ago when he had two back-to-back box-office flops, and an emotional video about his career move. Oh, and if you're wondering what »
- Alyse Whitney
Four strangers planning on killing themselves, played by Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, meet at a famous London suicide spot on New Year’s Eve and form an ad hoc support group in A Long Way Down, a horrible misfire of a movie which starts off badly and just keeps getting worse. Directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker, Le plan parfait), and adapted from a popular novel by Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, About a Boy), the film forms a near-perfect storm of misjudged decisions, with its implausible plot, irritating or outright-dislikeable characters, and strained attempts at
- Leslie Felperin
Nick Hornby is one of England’s sharpest satirists and his stories of lovelorn men obsessed with sports, status and rock music have made for terrific film adaptations (Fever Pitch, About a Boy, High Fidelity). The movies made from his novels have a terrific mixture of edge and sweetness and his 2005 novel A Long Way Down continues this balance of darkness and light. It is a bleak comedy about four people who attempt suicide on New Year’s Eve on the same roof, but after meeting, decide to stay alive until Valentine’s Day and make a pact to become friends instead.
For those who don’t know, an adaptation of A Long Way Down is heading to cinemas this spring. The suicidal cast of characters includes a TV personality who has fallen from grace (Pierce Brosnan), a failed rocker and pizza boy (Aaron Paul), a single mother of a »
- Jordan Adler
I’ve personally been a fan of Nick Hornby’s for many years. All of the way from the superb Fever Pitch starring Colin Firth (probably helped that I’m an Arsenal fan), to the superb About A Boy and High Fidelity – the films of Hornby’s books have more often delighted than not. Let’s forget about The Perfect Catch shall we?
Hornby’s next book-to-screen adaptation, A Long Way Down, arrives in cinemas in 2014 and stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as four strangers who head to the top of a London high-rise on New Year’s Eve to commit suicide. Sounds jovial.
Here’s the full synopsis to give you a better flavour.
New Year’s Eve on the top of a London skyscraper. Martin (Brosnan) is literally on the edge. A once-beloved TV personality, he’s now desperate to jump. But he’s not alone. »
- Paul Heath
Nick Hornby's novels have taken on a bit of a cult status in recent years, with the film adaptations gaining similar traction, with pics like High Fidelity, An Education, About A Boy, and Fever Pitch becoming niche favorites. Hornby's latest big-screen adaptation is A Long Way Down, which stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as four strangers who meet on a roof on New Year's Eve, forming an unlikely surrogate family from that point on. »
- Paul Shirey
When Jimmy Fallon left Saturday Night Live in 2004, he moved to L.A. to star in movies. But he ended up making forgettable fare like Fever Pitch, and the talk-show host tells Vanity Fair that he now considers that time to be somewhat of a lost period. "I was probably drinking more than I should have been drinking," he says. "It wasn't, like, sitting and watching old tapes of me on SNL, with the screen flickering in front of me. But I was like: 'I can't figure out what I want to do.'" Fallon eventually returned
- Hilary Lewis
Our pick of the best homegrown movies due to be released over the next 12 months
Tally ho and off to bally old Oxford where The Riot Club - a fictionalised version of the Boris 'n' Dave-endorsed Bullingdon Club - make sport of bullying and humiliation. Based on the play by Laura Wade, Lone Scherfig's version has Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Hunger Games star Sam Clafin among the toffs making trouble for the owners of a rural pub. Promises an evening's entertainment laced with drink, sex and violence. Chin up, chin up and play the game. 19 September
Based on a true story set in the midst of the Thatcher years. Tony award-winning theatre director Matthew Warchus's film follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money for the families of striking miners. Faced with a National Union of Mineworkers too embarrassed to take money from them, »
11 items from 2014
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