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Season four of The Good Wife has given us the characters we love and a roster of eye-popping guest-stars, but it seems like they're all peeking out from behind dubious storylines and only occasionally interesting cases. Since there was no new episode this week, I suggest we write letters of contempt to Phil Keoghan for his two-hour roadblock and then think about what more we want from Alicia's fourth season. We know Nick Sevarese's nonsense is over, but what else is on our Good Wife wish list? Here are seven things I want.
1. I want Kalinda to be enigmatic again.
Kalinda Sharma is The Good Wife's resident superhero. She's an unending medley of perfect retorts, knowing glances, and investigative gusto. This season we've suffered as Kalinda trudged through a storyline with horrible husband Nick Sevarese that, I think, was designed to make her look both vulnerable and dangerously sexy. »
British novelist will adapt Cheryl Strayed's memoir about a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail for the big screen
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is an account of an 1,100-mile hike that Strayed undertook alone in the mid-90s as she confronted her personal demons, including heroin addiction and the death of her mother. Published in 2012, the book was optioned by Witherspoon's production outfit, Pacific Standard, and the actor intends to take the lead role.
Commenting on Hornby's hiring, Witherspoon said: "Nick's innate blend of humanity and humour are a perfect match for Cheryl's raw emotional memoir."
Hornby said: "I loved Cheryl Strayed's memoir. It's moving, funny, painful and brave, and the moment I'd finished it, I wanted someone to let »
- Andrew Pulver
While most movie-going audiences familiar with author Nick Hornby know him best for seeing his own written works turned into films (like High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, and About a Boy), the writer has recently begun adapting other authors’ books into screenplays. We know, it’s a bit complicated. Hornby notably penned the screenplay for An Education, based on Lynn Barber’s memoir, and recently finished the script for Brooklyn, which is based on a Colm Toibin novel. Next up, Hornby will adapt another memoir for the big screen, turning his talents to Cheryl Strayed‘s “Wild,” a tome that Strayed wrote about her soul-saving 1,100-mile solo hike up the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon‘s production company, Pacific Standard, will produce the project, and Witherspoon is also expected to star. Witherspoon also personally drafted Hornby for the film, telling Deadline that “Nick’s innate blend of humanity and humor are a perfect match for Cheryl’s raw »
- Kate Erbland
“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field Of Dreams.
No truer words were ever spoken about America’s Pastime. Baseball began this past Spring with 30 teams vying for the chance to become World Champions and now it’s been decided. The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers will play ball in the 2012 World Series. Before the final hurrah of nine innings, stats, bases and 3 strikes you’re out, Wamg has compiled a list of the Best Baseball Movies. Did we leave any in the dugout or are there some that should be sent to the showers? »
- Movie Geeks
It’s often said that the people who commit themselves to a particular pursuit or goal, have a tendency to be a bit blinkered and are immune to distraction. This can certainly be said of the millions who trudge through rain and snow to purchase the latest installment of the Football Manager franchise. More accurately there will be even more sat patiently at home to download the game digitally and not have to leave the comfort of their ‘FM Nest’. I’ve known many a man, and occasionally the fairer sex too, who’ve boarded themselves up with supplies, locked their door and haven’t been seen or heard of in weeks.
Recently an article was published stating that FIFA 13 was the main factor in the break up of 12% of relationships that had ended around the time of the game coming out. Reasons given included gamers suffering a ‘change of »
- Chris Lynch
Filming has started on the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 2005 novel, A Long Way Down. The Pascal Chaumeil directed film has a stellar cast including former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Tony Collette, Imogen Poots, and Rosamund Pike.
A Long Way Down is the fourth Hornby novel to be made into a film following 1997′s Fever Pitch starring Colin Firth (it was remade in 2005 with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore), 2000’s High Fidelity (with John Cusack) and the 2002 Hugh Grant starrer About A Boy.
A Long Way Down is darkly-comic tale of suicide and redemption. Here’s the official synopsis (followed by the first image from the film):
‘’New Year’s Eve on the top of a London skyscraper. Martin (Brosnan) is literally on ...
- Niall Browne
I’ve been a fan of Nick Hornby’s books since High Fidelity came out in 1995 and also the wonderful film adaptation in 2000 starring John Cusack. We can’t forget that it also introduced the enigmatic Jack Black to the world and what a performance from everyone with great direction from Stephen Frears. Hornby has also had adaptation success with About A Boy (2002), Fever Pitch (1997) and his screenplay of Lynn Barber’s An Education gave the Arsenal man an Oscar nomination.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that principle photography has begun on A Long Way Down. The premise is, initially, a rather sombre one as four strangers meet on New Years Eve on a rooftop as they plan to commit suicide but all expect to be on their own. Instead of jumping, they make a pact that means they’ll stay alive and together until Valentine’s Day… »
- Dan Bullock
Filming has commenced on director Pascal Chaumeil’s (Heartbreaker) adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down. The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide. The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day at least, and the story follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.” The ensemble cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots, with Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice) also signing on. The four central strangers are played by Brosnan, Collette, Paul, and Poots, who are set as a once-beloved TV personality, single mother, failed musician turned pizza-delivery boy and a “sassy teen” respectively. Hornby is the author behind such great works as High Fidelity, »
- Adam Chitwood
Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down is following in the footsteps of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About A Boy by getting the movie treatment. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is the final lead to be announced alongside Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots, who are all going to commit suicide from the same spot on New Year’s Eve before becoming friends.
Hornby movie-adaptations have been largely excellent and we can’t wait to see how this turns out. If it’s no good though, someone’s for the long jump…
Source: First Showing
- Sam Carey
After attempting a nail-biting heist in Breaking Bad yesterday, and with that series concluding in just eleven episodes, star Aaron Paul is seemingly lining up his other options. Thankfully, that includes a jump into Hollywood. He’ll be seen alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed this October and now he’s beed added to another ensemble of a promising project.
Deadline reports that Paul will join A Long Way Down, a drama based off Nick Hornby‘s novel and set to be directed by Pascal Chaumeil, who gave us the charming Heartbreakers a couple years ago. Paul replaces Into the Wild star Emile Hirsch in the quartet that also includes Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.
Scripted by Jack Thorne, the film follows four people — including a pizza delivery boy (Paul), talk show host (Brosnan), a teenager (Poots) and a mother of a disable child (Collette) – who inadvertently plan »
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When Jimmy Fallon was announced as the replacement for Conan O’Brien’s old Late Night job, the decision was met with disdain. Fallon was mainly known as “that guy from Saturday Night Live who always laughed during sketches”, and his film career, made up of Taxi and Fever Pitch, wasn’t very promising either. Even though Fallon was surrounded with talent, from SNL legends Steve Higgins and Michael Shoemaker to the beloved hip-hop group The Roots as his house band, the public’s attitude for the upcoming show ranged from disinterest to negativity.
The show premiered on March 2, 2009, and it wasn’t pretty. Fallon was visibly nervous and sweaty, and his first guest, Robert De Niro, was a horrible interviewee. Fallon’s show was largely written off after a few weeks and deemed a dud. But the show kept going, even though no one seemed to show much of a interest in it. »
- Jeremy Sollie
A seemingly pregnant Drew Barrymore is supposedly on her way to walking down the aisle this Saturday. Yes, that is a lot of possibilities and not a definite confirmation but it looks like Drew really is ready to say "I do" to fiance Will Kopelman in just a few hours. The two announced their engagement in January 2012 and weeks later drew in even more buzz when the actress seemed to be carrying a sonogram after a doctor visit.
Drew was recently spotted with best friend Cameron Diaz attending her final wedding dress fitting at the Chanel store in Beverly Hills and its been rumored that she wants to wed before the baby is born.
Drew is extremely talented and a favorite when it comes to actors in Hollywood. We've seen her grow up since her E.T. days and have seen the transition from actor to executive producer. Some of her »
- Stephanie Webber
It’s fair to say that any project with Stanley Tucci will bear at least a few fruits — even if, in some cases, the only good scenes are those that feature him — so, regardless of how this new film shakes out, you’ve got some reason to give it even the smallest modicum of your time.
Deadline reports that Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right Productions and S2BN Entertainment are working on Ed Lucas, the biopic of a blind sports writer who, over the course of about half a century, has covered the New York sports scene. Along with creating a system for determining what happens in the game at any given moment, geographically-speaking, Lucas has also encountered numerous sports legends in his time — basically, chart baseball stars from the early ’60s to now — and come to make a name for himself through years and years of dedicated work. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Last week saw the release of Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning The Descendants and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, and this week brings to our shelves the other big winner at the Academy Awards three months ago, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, alongside (as ever) a slew of other brilliant films.
In tandem with the Universal 100th Anniversary Editions that have already started rolling out, Play begin releasing their exclusive Blu-ray Steelbooks of some of the films this week, and if you’re a fan of Universal’s recent and classic catalogue, you’ll definitely want to invest in more than a few of these, priced at a very reasonable £9.99. There’ll be more of these in the weeks and months to come, as well as non-100th Anniversary Steelbook re-releases, so keep your eyes peeled.
My personal picks of the week:
- Kenji Lloyd
One of the greatest aspects of Twitter is that it connects fans to the celebrities they admire. We now know when the once unattainable stars are cooking a delicious breakfast or having a relaxing night in front of the TV (insert smiley face here!). At first we caught a glimpse into their world simply through text updates. Don't get us wrong, clearly we're fans of the written word, but with the added photo features on the enhanced Twitter we get actual snapshots of their lives.
Back on the tow rig this morning. This time we completed the scene twitter.com/RealRonHoward/…
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 24, 2012
For example, director Ron Howard went on a photo spree today while filming "Rush," tweeting behind-the-scenes photos of the crew shooting, editing and setting up scenes. The biographical movie centers on Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Just weeks after a car crash in 1976 almost killed him, »
- Fallon Prinzivalli
HollywoodNews.com: It was an ‘everybody wins’ weekend at the box office as all three openers outperformed even the most optimistic expectations. The number one film of the weekend was not The Hunger Games but rather Think Like A Man. The all-star romantic comedy based off of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship self-help book grossed a somewhat surprising $33 million on just over 2000 screens. The Screen Gems film was notable in that the small studio made a real effort to market the African-American-centric rom-com both to black males and white audiences (Vulture has a detailed article about the marketing campaign). Racial demographics aren’t available yet, but the film played 63% female and 62% over 30. For what it’s worth, it earned an A from Cinemascore, including an A+ from audiences under 25. Even more impressive is that the film achieved a near-3x, including a token increase on Saturday (from $12 million to $13 million »
- Scott Mendelson
Toni Collette is deservedly on a roll, adding two more roles to his busy schedule after already booking a gig earlier this week opposite Steve Carell in "The Way, Way Back," the directorial debut for "The Descendants" screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Joining Jennifer Aniston, Collete is looking to co-star in Paul Andrew Williams' melodrama "Miss You Already" and will also feature in Pascal Chaumeil's dark comedy "The Long Way Down."
Currently shooting Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" for Fox Searchlight before diving into "The Way, Way Back" this summer, she'll follow that project with "The Long Way Down," based on the novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "Fever Pitch"). Adapted by Jack Thorne ("The Scouting Book for Boys"), the movie will follow four strangers who all plan to commit suicide from the same rooftop on New Year's Eve. Collette has been cast as a mother of a »
- Ryan Gowland
Ryan O’Neal is back in the headlines. He’s kicking cancer in its face. Again. O’Neal was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer yesterday. It took the man less than 24 hours to beat that shit down to a “stage 2″ with a “sunny” prognosis.
We shall see. Ryan O’Neal is, despite his boyish Irish looks, a bit of a bad ass. After all, he had the stones to taunt Mr. Toole in Barry Lyndon, something 7 out of 10 sane men would not do. That’s a scientific fact right there.
He’s also got a pretty solid rap sheet when it comes to beating the law, too. In honor of O’Neal winning over prostate cancer, here’s a retrospective on his short but outstanding career in crime film.
- Matthew C. Funk
With a stretch of movies starting with Osmosis Jones in 2001, all the way to Hall Pass just last year, the recent "comedies" of brothers Peter & Bobby Farrelly between there have included Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch and The Heartbreak Kid. It's not exactly an Uwe Boll worthy line-up of films, but these are easily some of the worst comedies of their given years of release. Taking that into account, you'd think the Farrelly Brothers were just hacks who can't seem to do anything but inexplicably fit Richard Jenkins into most of their films. But there was a time when the sibling duo actually used to make very funny movies. In "honor" of The Three Stooges, which currently sits with a low 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, I'd like to look back at the 8-year run of four films that gave Bobby and Peter Farrelly the career that they »
- Ethan Anderton
“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
In my later teenage years, High Fidelity is probably the film I watched more than any other. Stephen Frears’ comedy drama is a funny and poignant adaptation of Nick Hornby’s immensely popular book which deals with typically male neuroses surrounding commitment, women and the future, combined with a lifelong obsession with music.
- Rob Keeling
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