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Oscillating between big budget thrillers and down and dirty indies, Catherine Hardwicke's oeuvre is surprisingly diverse. On top of her directorial credits for films like "Lords of Dogtown," "Twilight" and "Thirteen," Hardwicke has also worked as a production designer on nearly 20 films, including "Vanilla Sky." Historically vocal about the gender biases in Hollywood, Hardwicke has built a reputation as a tough but big-hearted director who refuses to be defined or constrained by her gender. The filmmaker's newest is the part-buddy comedy, part-sentimental dramedy "Miss You Already," starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore as two best friends whose lives are thrown into a tailspin when their long-parallel paths are disrupted by a surprise pregnancy and a cancer diagnosis. Written by Morwenna Banks and also starring Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine, the film is a surprisingly uncynical rumination on friendship and »
- Aubrey Page
Authentically female in how it gets inside a lifelong friendship between two women, and as wisely funny as it is sharply poignant. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It is a great tragedy of our culture that men are not encouraged to have the same sort of intensely emotional and hugely supportive relationships among themselves that women have with other women. Men are forced to find their emotional support, sometimes their only such support, from wives or girlfriends, while their wives and girlfriends have entire networks of friends — who slot into a sometimes massive and ever-shifting hierarchy that starts with Occasional Drinking Buddy to Bff — to whom we turn for advice, encouragement, mutual bitching sessions, pats on the back, and so much more.
So what do men see »
- MaryAnn Johanson
From the outset, David Fincher has honed a very distinctive visual style. Gritty and visceral, yet clean and precise, his back catalogue is very impressive. From Fight Club and Seven to The Social Network and Gone Girl, he has managed to make films that are both high quality and that people love. Yet they often also cost a lot of money and, due to the often uncompromising nature of his films, studios can be reluctant to give him exactly what he wants. The inevitable result is that differences become irreconcilable and projects collapse.
Below we look at some of the projects that have fallen by the wayside.
The story about fans of an obscure underground comic book who find themselves embroiled in a »
After helming her first feature film at the age of 48, Catherine Hardwicke has essayed an impressively diverse range of projects over her decade-long directorial career, from “Thirteen” to “Twilight,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “A Nativity Story” and “Red Riding Hood.” This week she’ll make her Toronto fest debut with “Miss You Already,” a Morwenna Banks-scripted dramedy starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette as lifelong friends who are forced to deal with sudden pregnancy and a cancer diagnosis, respectively.
How far back do you go with “Miss You Already”?
Well, it actually probably goes back to 2003, when I was at the London Film Festival for “Thirteen.” I met the producer, Christopher Simon, there, and we were at one of those filmmaker dinners and really hit it off. I was always doing sketches of everyone I met at festivals in my notebook, and I did a half-hour sketch of him at that dinner, »
- Andrew Barker
Are you ready to have the tears jerked right out of your face? Acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke is back with a movie so emotional, you'll need to stock up on multiple boxes of Kleenex for both the theater, and the drive home. Presented by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, Miss You Already even teases one of the character's deaths in the title. How can this be anything but sad? Throw Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in the mix, and you know buying a ticket to this drama means you'll be weeping for days. But it's not an entirely depressing affair. As evidenced in the latest trailer, there's a lot of laughs to be had in Miss You Already, too, as it celebrates the true meaning behind precious life.
Pablo Schreiber's soon-to-be ex-wife will be enjoying the fruits of his "Orange Is The New Black" labors for years to come, because their divorce settlement includes a chunk of his residuals. Pablo, who plays George "Pornstache" Mendez on 'Oitnb' ... just finalized his divorce from Jessica Monty -- and let's just say the timing of their marriage worked out perfectly for her. Pablo's career took off after they tied the knot, and according »
- TMZ Staff
Blockbusters are great, but make sure you set aside some time this Summer to see Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, an indie that will very likely melt your heart. Yes, the Sundance sweetheart, opening this week, is about a girl with leukemia, but it's so much more than that. We sat down with the stars - Thomas Mann (Beautiful Creatures), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), and newcomer Rj Cyler - and the director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, to get the scoop on the movie. Take a look below to find out what they can't wait for you to see, what excellent scene got cut (don't worry - it'll be on the DVD!), and what they need you to know about their movie. Popsugar: What is the most important thing that you want people to know about your movie? Thomas Mann: That it is a comedy! Well, it's mostly a comedy. »
"There are daggers in men's smiles." With its macabre ending and high body count, William Shakespeare's Macbeth is far from a happy play, so it can be considered a bad omen to find one of its quotes written in the condensation on your car's windshield. But unfortunately for Christine, that's exactly what she discovers one frantic night in Something Wicked, a horror film that hits DVD on March 17th from Arc Entertainment and features a cast that includes Brittany Murphy in her final film performance. We've been provided with an exclusive clip from Something Wicked in which a night swim turns sinister.
"Inspired by true events, a young couple seeks to re-build their lives after a disastrous car crash that kills her parents. But secrets from their past threated to disrupt their budding relationship. Christine (Shantel VanSanten) is stalked by a creepy, masked stranger, while James (John Robinson) experiences »
- Derek Anderson
Netflix is doing the friendly thing of letting us know what movies and TV shows it's taking off of its streaming service, but the bad news is, you only have a matter of days to watch some of these! Leaving the service are a lot of great '90s flicks like Cool Runnings, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Se7en, so get to watching. There are a few that won't be removed until later in the month, so take a look at the list and see what you need to watch first, then get excited for the new stuff coming in March! Movies 3 Ninjas: Kick Back Air Bud Anaconda Arachnophobia Brokedown Palace Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Cool Runnings Emma Evita Fireproof Freaky Friday Fright Night Girlfight Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Jackass: Number Two Lords of Dogtown Old Yeller Ordinary People Out of Time Pretty in Pink »
What's leaving Netflix in March? Well, the streaming service is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows, with a big chunk of the departing titles belonging to the Cartoon Network -- you'll see those say bye-bye at the end of the month. From what we can tell, that's about it in terms of TV exiting Watch Instantly.
As for movies, the clock is ticking for favorites "Dumb and Dumber," "Fright Night," Desperado," "Seven," "Pretty in Pink," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," and "The Muppet Movie," which will all be pulled in the monthly purge.
Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers). And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in March 2015.
Leaving March 1
"3 Ninjas: Kick Back" (1994)
"Air Bud" (1997)
"Brokedown Palace" (1999)
- Tim Hayne
10 items from 2015
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