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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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While We’re Young movie review: 40 is the new 14

2 April 2015 5:03 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This stinging GenX midlife meltdown is a bit strained in its plot, but that’s balanced out by lots of melancholy wisdom and bittersweet wit. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Noah Baumbach’s latest slice of New York life is a stinging GenX midlife meltdown performed with achingly recognizable pain by Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), while Naomi Watts (Insurgent) looks on with bemusement from the midst of her own crisis. Is middle-age the new adolescence? For Josh and Cornelia, their 40s are bringing teenlike tenor of uncertainty and confusion: scary physical changes are happening, and looking back to their younger years brings a comforting escape from reality. So when they meet 20something couple Jamie (Adam Driver: Tracks) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried: A Million Ways to Die in the West), they »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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TV Review: ‘Big Time in Hollywood, Fl’

24 March 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central produces enough misfires that the appeal of those shows that spark to life, a la “Broad City,” is perhaps magnified. So it is with “Big Time in Hollywood, Fl,” an infectiously energetic, wonderfully silly serialized comedy that feels like a mashup of the Three Stooges and Quentin Tarantino. Featuring several well-known actors in smallish roles (including producer Ben Stiller and Cuba Gooding Jr. as a hilarious version of himself), the 10-episode order isn’t exactly highbrow, but contains enough laugh-out-loud moments to indeed put co-creators Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf well on their way to the big time.

Anfanger (who had a role in Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) and Lenny Jacobson (a “Nurse Jackie” alum) star as brothers Jack and Ben, who are living with, and off, their parents (Stephen Tobolowsky and Kathy Baker) in order to chase their filmmaking dreams, producing perfectly awful »

- Brian Lowry

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The Gunman movie review: the yawn identity

18 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A tired old piece of action junk that expects us to sympathize with a very bad man. We don’t. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Aww, is Sean Penn very sorry for having destabilized an entire African nation and bringing about the deaths of countless innocent people? Apparently. A few years back, as a private security contractor — the nice way we say “mercenary” these days — he assassinated the Minister of Mining for the Democratic Republic of Congo, which ignited a civil war. To atone for his crime, these days he brings clean water to Congolese villages, and his naughtiest misdeed is sneaking out of the Ngo compound against the advice of security to get in a little surfing before breakfast.

Now, though, someone who knows what he »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Production Begins on Legendary's Holiday Horror-Comedy Krampus Starring Sarring Adam Scott

13 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Wellington, New Zealand, March 12, 2015 - Principal photography is set to begin on Legendary Pictures' Krampus, a horror-comedy feature film that reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday. This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty and stars a stellar ensemble cast, who are supported by the Oscar®-winning creature-effects wizardry of Weta Workshop and the Oscar®-winning visual effects of Weta Digital. Krampus will be released on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures. A humorously creepy alternative to the traditional holiday classic, Krampus features a stellar cast that includes Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation," The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty), Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette (Little Miss »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Production Begins On Mike Dougherty’s Krampus Starring Toni Collette & Adam Scott

12 March 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Principal photography is set to begin on Legendary PicturesKrampus, a horror-comedy feature film that reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday.

This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The visual effects are from the Oscar-winning creature-effects wizardry of Weta Workshop and the Oscar-winning visual effects of Weta Digital.

Krampus will be released on December 4, 2015, by Universal Pictures.

A humorously creepy alternative to the traditional holiday classic, Krampus stars Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty),  Academy Award nominee Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman (“Fargo“), David Koechner (Anchorman series), Emmy nominee Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”), Emjay Anthony (Chef), Stefania Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stadler (Lena Rais).

Krampus tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family »

- Michelle McCue

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Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti set to play tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs for HBO Films

11 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) are set to star in a new project for HBO and Playtone about the Battle of the Sexes tennis match of 1973 which saw Billie Jean King beat former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs.

Deadline reports that writer David Auburn (Proof) is set to pen the film, with Playtone producing partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive producing alongside Banks and her husband and producing partner Max Handelman under their Brownstone Productions company.

This isn’t the first project based upon the match to have been greenlit recently. Last year, Chernin Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions, headed by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, announced it is set to make Match Maker, based on an Epsn article by Don Van Matta Jr.

Written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), the film version will see Ferrell playing Riggs in a version where “Riggs »

- Scott J. Davis

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Wright and Goldwyn Have an Ugly Parting of the Ways; Brando (More or Less) Comes to the Rescue

11 March 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Film.") Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – or perhaps some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issue with husband Niven BuschTeresa Wright, claiming illness, refused to go to New York City to promote the film. (Top image: Teresa Wright in a publicity shot for The Men.) Goldwyn had previously announced that Wright, whose contract still had another four and half years to run, was to star in a film version of J.D. Salinger's 1948 short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut." Instead, he unceremoniously – and quite publicly – fired her.[1] The Goldwyn organization issued a statement, explaining that besides refusing the assignment to travel to New York to help generate pre-opening publicity for Enchantment, »

- Andre Soares

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Watch Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walk the runway at Paris Fashion Week

11 March 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Derek Zoolander and Hansel are back, strutting their stuff not on screen but on the Valentino runway on Tuesday at Paris Fashion Week. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made an appearance as their iconic 2001 characters at the event, subsequently announcing Zoolander 2 for release on February 12, 2016.

Pret-a-Reporter is reporting that the film is currently shooting in Rome and that Penelope Cruz is on board to appear in the sequel along with Will Ferrell returning and Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2) writing the screenplay.

The original Zoolander from 2001 has been something of a cult darling as Stiller has moved on to bigger and better things, but this will also be Stiller’s fifth feature film and his follow-up to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty from 2013. Stiller is also serving as producer on this film as well as two other major upcoming sequels, Space Jam 2 and Dodgeball 2. »

- Brian Welk

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Zoolander Returns! Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson Walk the Valentino Runway as Derek and Hansel

10 March 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Those lucky enough to get an invite into Valentino's Fall 2015 Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week on Monday were also in for a huge surprise -- the triumphant return of Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller's beloved Zoolander characters Derek and Hansel.

Stiller, 49, and Wilson, 46, walked the high-fashion brand's runway totally in character, with Wilson even adding a show-stealing jacket drop to close out the show.

Check out the amazing video below for all the "blue steel" you can possibly handle.

Video: Owen Wilson Teases 'Zoolander 2' with Ellen DeGeneres

Stiller and Wilson were on-hand to drum up anticipation for Zoolander 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 hit, which is reportedly scheduled to start filming in Rome this spring. Jennifer Aniston's fiancé, Justin Theroux -- whose previous writing credits include co-writing 2008's Oscar-nominated comedy Tropic Thunder, which Stiller directed -- wrote the script. Variety reports that the film is set to hit theaters on Feb »

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'The Gunman': Film Review

6 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Taking the lead protagonist role for a change instead of playing the villain (as in Gangster Squad) or a peripheral enigma (see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or The Tree of Life), Sean Penn stars as a reformed hitman seeking redemption in the trite action film The Gunman. Taken's Pierre Morel may be in the director's chair but Penn has credits as both a co-screenwriter and producer, and ultimately this feels like a vanity project designed to do for Penn's bankability, Africa, Spain and mercenaries what the Taken franchise did for Liam Neeson, Paris and Albanian gangsters. Ripe, borderline hammy

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- Leslie Felperin

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Unfinished Business movie review: business trip-up

6 March 2015 2:24 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Apparently made by snickering 12-year-olds who like naked boobies and have heard rumors about the phenomenon known as “the business trip.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was embarrassing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Unfinished Business is the kind of movie in which a mentally retarded character — whose impairment is offered as a constant source of “hilarity” — is required to recite a line of dialogue such as “The penis touched my face” in a way that, this pathetic excuse for entertainment hopes, will make you laugh. Because the penis did indeed touch his face, and you are, it is presumed, consumed with “American prudishness,” hence you will snicker, just like, in another scene, the retarded character snickers when he sees naked boobies. In a fit of something that the movie deems clever, the naked-boobies scene directly addresses the matter »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Review: ‘Unfinished Business’

4 March 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else bizarrely out of joint, “Unfinished Business” finds director Ken Scott following 2013’s “Delivery Man” with another dubious attempt to sell audiences on Vince Vaughn’s sensitive side. Playing a down-on-his-luck family man who takes an ill-advised business trip to Berlin with two unfunny sidekicks in tow (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco), Vaughn is admittedly the least of the movie’s worries: Awkwardly wrapping a heartwarming message of self-acceptance in a layer of crude sexual humor, it’s like a date who tries to pat you on the back with one hand while feeling you up with the other. As such, “Unfinished” looks unlikely to do much business, or to end the nearly decade-long string of mediocrities (“Fred Claus,” “Four Christmases,” “The Dilemma,” “The Watch,” “The Internship”) that has plagued its star, whose fans are advised to keep whetting »

- Justin Chang

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Vin Diesel shares new image from The Last Witch Hunter

19 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Vin Diesel has taken to his Facebook page to share a new image from the upcoming supernatural action fantasy The Last Witch Hunter to his 90 million followers, and we have it for you here…

New York City hides many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us. Condemned to a life of immortality, the last witch hunter, Kaulder (Vin Diesel), is all that stands between humanity and a new reign by the most horrifying and powerful witches in history, including the Queen Witch who will stop at nothing to reclaim her throne.

The Last Witch Hunter is set for release on October 23rd in the States and November 6th in the UK, with Diesel joined in the cast by Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Michael Caine (Interstellar), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) and Olafur Darri Olafsson (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty »

- Gary Collinson

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Gore Verbinski to Direct Self-Driving Race Car Flick at Sony Pictures

19 February 2015 10:04 AM, PST | | See recent news »

If you're getting sick of fast-paced racing flicks where there's drivers behind the wheel, then Sony Pictures might have the remedy (kind of). Deadline reports the studio that just struck a promising deal to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios has picked up a pitch being called "the Driverless Car Race pic" that will be written by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty scribe Steve Conrad and directed by Pirates of the Caribbean franchise helmer Gore Verbinski. It's an action adventure that follows a transcontinental car race with autonomous vehicles that starts as a software competition but takes a comedic turn. Read on! While the race between these driver-less cars was set up in order to determine which software company would take the lead on the future of these game-changing vehicles, the competition ends up heading into It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World territory. The passengers placed inside these cars »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gore Verbinski to direct Driverless Car Race film for Sony

19 February 2015 12:11 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

New Regency may have cancelled Gore Verbinski's North Korea-set thriller starring Steve Carell, but The Lone Ranger director has several other projects in the works, and Sony has just picked one of them up. Deadline is reporting that the studio has acquired an untitled pitch from screenwriter Steve Conrad (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man), with Verbinski set to direct. While the film doesn't have a title yet, it's being referred to as the Driverless »

- Jesse Giroux

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Final Red Band Trailer for Vince Vaughn's 'Unfinished Business'

9 February 2015 1:24 PM, PST | | See recent news »

If the first red band trailer or raunchy version of the Super Bowl spot didn't convince you to see the new comedy Unfinished Business next month, 20th Century Fox is making one last attempt to get you on board. The final red band trailer has just arrived for the film starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco, and it brings some more raunchiness to the table. While I don't think this looks flat out terrible, it doesn't seem to offer up anything we haven't see before comedically with the exception of Franco's character being on the autism spectrum (though I don't buy his performance yet). Watch below! Here's the final red band trailer for Ken Scott's Unfinished Business from Fox: You can still watch the first trailers for Unfinished Business right here. Unfinished Business is directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man, Starbuck) and written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Truenorth navigates to Jonasson's Others

8 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Icelandic production company gears up for first in-house production.

Truenorth, the Icelandic production company that has worked on big Us shoots such as Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the Wachowski’s forthcoming Netflix drama Sense8, is gearing up to shoot its first in-house production this summer.

The project, Oskar Jonasson’s In Front Of Others, is being pitched at Berlin’s Co-Production Market. Denmark’s Nepenthe is attached as co-producer and German partners are also showing interest.

Jonasson co-writes the romantic comedy (with playwright Kristjan Thordur Hrafnsson) about a shy guy who tries to impress a woman with a clever impersonation of his boss. But the relationship falters when his impersonations become out of control.

The €1.3m budgeted film is supported by the Icelandic Film Centre. Sena Distribution plans an Icelandic release at the end of 2015.

The cast will feature Svandis Dora, Snorri Engilbertsson, [link »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Vince Vaughn misbehaves in the new trailer for Unfinished Business

4 February 2015 6:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ken Scott's Unfinished Business has debuted a new trailer.

The comedy - starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco - follows a group of co-workers who run into trouble on an important business trip to Europe.

Sienna Miller, James Marsden and Nick Frost also feature in the cast.

Jason Blumenthal, Anthony Katagas and Steve Tisch served as producers on the project, which is being distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty's Steve Conrad wrote the film's screenplay.

Unfinished Business will be released in the Us and UK on March 6. »

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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

28 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »

- Steve Montgomery

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