15 items from 2011
Eighteen months ago the offer was out to Jack Nicholson to star in the geriatric bachelor party movie Last Vegas. It looks as if he either passed or is biding his time, but Last Vegas has now gained a director, in National Treasure's John Turteltaub.It's been all change at the top, since Turteltaub is replacing Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance, Hannah Montana) who has departed for reasons unspecified. Turteltaub inherits a script by Dan Fogelman (Cars, Bolt, Crazy Stupid Love) about four long out-of-touch friends from the 50s who reunite in Vegas for the wedding of Billy, the group's playboy and supposedly confirmed bachelor. The thing is, widower Paddy also takes a shine to Billy's lounge singer fiance...It's Bachelor Party meets The Bucket List; or The Hangover meets Grumpy Old Men; or a gift for making lazy sound-bitey descriptions out of older films. The project is underway at Mandate pictures, »
Following in the footsteps of Warner Bros, Paramount and Universal, Miramax have launched their own Facebook streaming movie app, The Miramax eXperience, which features 20 titles for rent in the Us and 10 each in UK and Turkey – with France and Germany due in the near future. Films rented with Facebook credits can be watched on iPad through a browser-based player and on Google TV. Rentals cost 30 Facebook credits and is active for 30 days, with a 48 hour viewing window.
Titles will reportedly cycle in and out depending on rights and the full list of films available now include:
Us: Adventureland, Chicago, Clerks, Cold Mountain, Extract, From Dusk Till Dawn, Gangs of NY, Gone Baby Gone, Good Will Hunting, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Kill Bill 2, No Country for Old Men, Pulp Fiction, Shall We Dance (2004), Sin City, Spy Kids, Swingers, The Switch, Trainspotting UK: Chicago, Cold Mountain, From Dusk Till Dawn, Good Will Hunting, »
Twelve more acts perform on this episode of America's Got Talent for a chance at a million dollars (and a Vegas act? Or is that still not the case anymore?). Sharon's bones are telling her the bar will be raised even higher this week.
Attack Dance Crew is first to the stage. The producers have decided that large dance groups are a good way to open the show. The back story with these guys is that Howie doesn't like/"get" them. I get what Howie's saying about it seeming a little cheerleader-y, but these guys are good! I like them better than the Miami All-Stars, who made it in last week. Piers wasn't "massively keen" on the choreography and thought it could have been tighter. Piers needs to go home and watch Strictly Ballroom (like he does every night, or every night he's not watching Shall We Dance). Sharon thought it was Ok, »
I promised some personal suggestions for this year's Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and here they are. The 2011 line up has more high profile Asian blockbusters that previous years, a couple of surprises, and some classics, so I'm gonna try to spread out the suggestions among those three categories. The following are listed in alphabetical order:Battle Royale is a classic and one of the films that signaled Japan's reemergence into the international film world with a vengeance. There had been only a few Japanese films finding their way into the public consciousness in the 80's and 90's and they were mostly comedies, things like Shall We Dance and Tampopo. Then, Kinji Fukasaku unleashed his adaptation of the novel Battle Royale, and the world exploded. »
Talk about a sequel for "Rounders" seems to have been around forever, and while movement hasn't really happened at all on a followup to the 1998 film, the prospect of one is still very real. The last time we heard about the possibility of a sequel was late last year when the Weinsteins made a deal with the new owners of their old label, Miramax, to help develop new movies based on a big portion of their back catalog (other films mentioned included “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance” and… »
HollywoodNews.com: Funny lady Lisa Ann Walter, on the promotional trail for her brand-new “The Best Thing About My A– is That It’s Behind Me” comedic book, reports she may be doing a combination “stand-up/pep talk-body image lecture” tour of colleges in coming months. The “Dance Your A– Off” creator has found herself with a new calling thanks to the show, and she is listening.
“I’ve got all these wonderful young women who have become fans, who’ve thanked me for spreading this message” explains the advocate of healthy, self-accepting living. “This generation, even more than my own, has responded because of the ‘Dyao’ website and Facebook page. I’ve been getting a lot of interest for college dates.”
Among the subjects that have drawn interest: “I’ve looked at some stuff the Kardashians were going through when Kim sort of first became visible, and Paris Hilton and some others were laughing, »
- Beck / Smith
Miramax and Netflix have signed a multi-year distribution deal allowing subscribers to stream hundreds of Miramax titles beginning next month. It's not known how much this deal cost, but it was likely a hight figure. Netflix gains movies such as Bad Santa, Chasing Amy, Cinema Paradiso, Clerks, Cold Mountain, From Dusk Till Dawn, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Muriel's Wedding, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Reindeer Games and many of the Halloween, Scary Movie, Scream and Spy Kids films will be added to streaming in time. Miramax films have collectively received 284 Academy Award nominations, across 83 films, with 68 wins, including the Best Picture winners The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love, which will be added to streaming as well.
"Existing relationships with management and a shared affinity for these great films make this an important deal »
Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week, EW.com’s collection of reader-submitted ridiculata, is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and Maks’ ass. Sure, they may not all be *hidden,* but as EW.com’s Supervising Appraiser, I can happily confirm they’re all priceless. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!
Most Valuable Gem (Mvg) Of The Week: ‘CSI: Mirrorballus’ Edition
“Maybe it’s too much crime TV lately, but there »
- Annie Barrett
Jeremy Renner (The Town), Jennifer Lopez (Shall We Dance), Wanda Sykes (Over the Hedge), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Aziz Ansari (Funny People) and Aubrey Graham (Charlie Bartlett) have joined the voice cast of Ice Age: Continental Drift.
The new additions will star opposite returning cast members Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Jennette McCurdy and Will Hedge in the fourth instalment of 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ hugely successful animation franchise.
One of filmdom’s most beloved trios - Manny, Diego, and Sid – embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest to find the others. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, »
- Jamie Neish
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart star in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland (2009) Billie Bob Thornton is naughty in Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa: Unrated Director’s Cut (2003) French cult classic Betty Blue: Original Theatrical Release (1986) Val Kilmer stars in Blood Out (2011) John Travolta stars in Brian de Palma’s Blow Out: Criterion Collection (1981) D.A Pennebaker’s documentary Bob Dylan: Don’T Look Back (2010) Matt Damon & Heath Ledger star in terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm (2005) Ben Affleck stars in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997) Korean horror director Shin Jung-Won’s Chawz (2011) Renee Zellweger & Catherine Zeta-Jones star in Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002) Kevin Smith’s Clerks: 15th Anniversary Edition (1994) Sylvester Stallone & Viggo Mortenson star in Daylight (1996) Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack (1963) Jeffrey Obrow’s The Dorm That Dripped Blood: »
- Travis Keune
Get your popcorn ready, because tonight is “story night” on week 3 of Dancing with the Stars. We’ll see a sizzling mix of latin ballroom and one waltz, with each of the dances embodying a personal story of the celebrity contestant. It’s interesting to note that 5 of the 10 couples are dancing a rumba. As Jennifer Lopez’s character said in the movie Shall We Dance, the rumba is a “vertical expression of a horizontal wish.” That means these rumbas will be personal stories of a romantic and sexy nature!
So who is dancing what? Here is the breakdown along with some tidbits collected from the contestant Twitter pages:
Petra & Dmitri: waltz; Tsunami survivor Petra says her story is one of going from sad to strong. »
Prolific cult Japanese auteur Miike Takashi returns with perhaps his most ambitious work yet in “13 Assassins”, a remake of the 1963 Kodo Eiichi classic “Jusan-nin No Shikaku”. Marking his first proper foray into the period samurai genre, though one of his more commercially friendly outings, the film is still very much recognisable as a Miike work, with a script by Tengan Daisuke, with whom he previously worked on “Audition” and “Imprint”. Certainly, it sees the director working with a far bigger budget than usual, not to mention an all star cast that includes Yakusho Koji (“Shall We Dance”), Yamada Takayuki (“Crows Zero”), Iseya Yusuke (“Sukiyaki Western Django”), Hira Mikijiro (“Goemon”), Matsukata Hiroki (“Tajomaru: Avenging Blade”), and Masachika Ichimura. Thanks in no small part to a thrilling 45 minute climatic battle scene, the film has been a big hit with festivals around the world, as well as winning over the critics, claiming four »
- James Mudge
In December, The Weinstein Company hit a deal with Disney-owned Miramax for sequels to a number of major catalog titles including Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, The Amityville Horror, Rounders, Shakespeare In Love and of course, Bad Santa.
Thornton made mention of deal at a panel for his SXSW closer, the Willie Nelson documentary The King of Luck but there are still plenty of details to be worked out.
(By the way, The King of Luck, a new documentary about Willie Nelson, received its world premiere last night (March 19) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas — Billy Bob Thornton was a close friend of country music legend Nelson and he made it himself.)
A Weinstein Company spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap: »
- Nikola Mraovic
That didn't take very long. Last November, Billy Bob Thornton first hinted that "Bad Santa 2" was in development saying that it was something he "actually would like to do. I’ve never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.” A month later, The Weinstein Company struck a deal with the current owners of Miramax to help develop sequels and television spinoffs to a number of prominent catalog titles including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Amityville Horror,” "Rounders," "Shakespeare In Love"… »
While he walked away empty handed at the Oscars on Sunday night, the nomination certainly put director Rachid Bouchareb on the map and, for those who have been following his career, recognition from the Academy seemed pretty much inevitable. His last few films have tackled some heavy topics including WWII ("Indigènes"), terror attacks ("London River") and the Algerian revolution (the Oscar-nominated "Outside the Law"). But for this next effort, Bouchareb is taking a decidedly lighter path. Deadline reports that Sienna Miller has joined "Just Like A Woman," a movie that sounds like it has shades of "Shall We Dance" and… »
15 items from 2011
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