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'Speech & Debate': Film Review

What seemed charmingly provocative onstage falls thuddingly flat in the film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s 2007 acclaimed off-Broadway play Speech & Debate. The playwright, who’s since gone on to win a Tony Award for The Humans, has here adapted his own work for the screen. But his cinematic inexperience, and the tonally awkward direction by Dan Harris (Imaginary Heroes), reduces the work to the level of a risqué Afterschool Special. The film’s stage origins, and a cameo appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, may be of interest to theater buffs, but everyone else will be left wondering what all the fuss was...
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'Keep in Touch': Film Review

Sam Kretchmar's debut feature Keep in Touch concerns a recently released ex-con who embarks on a new relationship forged on deceit. Featuring a terrific performance by Ryan Patrick Bachand — underplaying to superb effect in the central role — the pic offers enough quirkily interesting, offbeat moments to sustain interest despite its familiar-feeling aspects.

Bachand, whose only previous big-screen credit is 2004's Imaginary Heroes, plays Colin, newly freed after serving a prison sentence for a near-fatal hit-and-run accident. Returning to his small Connecticut hometown, he takes a job working at a tree nursery owned by his boorish, foul-mouthed cousin...
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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016

From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

Hmmm.
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Ten Thousand Saints | Review II

New York I Love You: Berman & Pulcini’s Schmaltz Soaked Latest

Nostalgia, especially in large doses, tends to hobble the authenticity of a text, whether in the literary or cinematic realm. On a superficial level, serving as a love letter to a bygone era of 1980s New York, Eleanor Hendricks’ novel Ten Thousand Saints falls under the quirky spigot of directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the team behind the Oscar nominated American Splendor from 2003. In the decade since that critically championed title, they’ve continued with a particular strain of fluffy cornball items. Following a brief assay into studio filmmaking with The Nanny Diaries (2007), they were responsible for a pair of sickly sweet titles headlined by prized performers like Kevin Kline in The Extra Man (2010) and Kristen Wiig in Girl Most Likely (2012). Though their latest venture is slightly more sobering, at least in a notable absence of
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‘X2′ and ‘Superman Returns’ Writer Dan Harris to Pen ‘Hovercar’ for Disney

[1] It's a time-honored tradition at the start of any year for everyone to declare that this will be the year they finally get around to all of those things they've always meant to get around to at some point. Not all of these vows end in success, of course -- in fact, it's right around this point in January that it becomes apparent that some resolutions just aren't meant to be -- but Disney, so far, seems to be off to a great start. In the first two weeks of the year, the studio's already assigned [2] directors [3] to Maleficent and its Matterhorn movie, which have been bouncing around since 2010 and 2011 respectively, and has set [4] Rob Marshall to bring Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods to the big screen. Now Disney's pushing ahead with another project that's been lingering on the backburner for a while, the sci-fi adventure flick Hovercar, as
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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Michelle Willams

Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Michelle Willams
She first became known as Jen Lindley on the popular "Dawson's Creek," now Michelle Williams, 30, has a noteworthy acting resume, having starred in such films as "The Station Agent," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Shutter Island." The actress has often appeared in dramatic and serious indie films that have frequently been under the radar.

In 2005, Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005's "Brokeback," and five years later received another nod for "Blue Valentine,
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‘Paper Man’ starring Jeff Daniels – trailer review

Paper Man

Directed by: Kieran Mulroney

Starring: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds

Rating: R

Release Date: April 23, 2010 (Limited)

Trailer Score: 6/10

My Thoughts: Trailers aren’t always the best indication of a film’s merit. Usually they just highlight its marketability. That’s what I’m hoping is the case on this one. Judging from the trailer, the film seems a little unfocused on its protagonist, which can be a real problem. Is he just immature? Or is he mentally ill? Because, and it may sound harsh, Daniels has the makings of a crazy man in this one. And I’m just going to throw this out there, Ryan Reynolds, I don’t care how hot you are, the bleach blond look is not working for you. The trailer’s full of minor distractions, but the emotional sincerity of it seems to be there in full force. I’m always
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X-Men 2 Writer Dan Harris Adapting Dante's Inferno

So you know that Dante's Inferno video game that EA is producing? We showed you the trailer for the game about a month ago. Well, Universal has finally hired screenwriter Dan Harris to work on a screenplay or their live-action adaptation. Harris' past credits include Urban Chaos Theory, X-Men 2, Imaginary Heroes, Superman Returns, and Until Death most recently. We don't know much about the plot besides the very basics because, well, the game doesn't hit shelves until early 2010. So that's about all we know, but I guess it's good they have a solid screenwriter with some experience assigned to this. A lot of people are using Superman Returns in their headline for this news, but I chose X-Men 2. Why? Because that gives a bit more clout to Harris, as opposed to Superman Returns, which is a film a lot of people think Bryan Singer screwed up. Plus, on ...
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Band of the Week: honeyhoney

Band Of The Week: honeyhoney Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Fun Fact: Before launching a songwriting partnership with Suzanne Santo, guitarist Ben Jaffe composed music for Nickelodeon and various cartoon shows. Meanwhile, Santo paid the bills as an actress, landing supporting roles in Law & Order, Blind Justice and the Sigourney Weaver film Imaginary Heroes.

Why It's Worth Watching: Alternately rustic-retro and cool-contemporary, honeyhoney’s First Rodeo displays the common pop thread between alt.country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues.

For Fans Of: She & Him, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Jessie Baylin

Three days after the release of honeyhoney’s debut, bandmates Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe are on opposite coasts. Santo is spending the weekend in Atlanta, where her boyfriend has landed a job on the set of Road Trip 2. Meanwhile, Jaffe putters around the kitchen in Los Angeles, having chosen to stay home and enjoy the lingering warm weather. As
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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax."
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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax."
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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax." See images now. What's this about? What Just Happened is a winningly sharp comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer -- as he tries to juggle an actual life with an outrageous series of crises in his day job.Academy Award
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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax."
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Who's the Next Big Male Movie Star?

Can anyone catch up to this cool cat? With Shia Labeouf's Eagle Eye taking the top spot at the box-office this weekend it makes four-in-a-row for the actor (not counting the animated Surf's Up) and it made me wonder if the 22-year-old is our next big time actor or if it's just a case of him starring in the right film at the right time that has made his films so popular leaving the title of "The Next Big Thing" up for grabs. Let's face it, Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were going to make big bucks no matter what, Shia had very little, if anything, to do with their success. One could make the argument that Disturbia opened during a very weak time in 2007 and that accounts for its three week box-office domination with rather modest numbers, winning that third weekend with barely over $9 million.
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And Weaver makes 3 for Uni's 'Baby'

Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to join Tina Fey and Amy Pohler in the comedy Baby Mama for Universal Pictures.

Written and directed by Michael McCullers, the film centers on a single career woman (Fey) whose desire to have a child and keep her career leads her to hire a surrogate (Pohler). Weaver will play Chaffee Bicknell, owner and operator of the surrogate agency that Fey's character uses.

Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing through their Michaels Goldwyn banner. Jill Messick is executive producing.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in May.

Weaver, whose recent credits include Snow Cake, The TV Set and Imaginary Heroes, next appears in Columbia Pictures' thriller Vantage Point and David Auburn's The Girl in the Park. She also is about to begin work on James Cameron's special effects extravaganza Avatar.

She also narrated the 11-part BBC documentary Planet Earth that aired on Discovery Channel in the U.S.

She is repped by UTA and attorney Alan Wertheimer.

Hollywood stars set to power Toronto fest

TORONTO -- Guaranteeing strong star wattage this year, the Toronto International Film Festival said Tuesday that the festival will feature world premieres for David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees, Bill Condon's Kinsey, Dan Harris' Imaginary Heroes and Vadim Jean's Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, which was chosen for the closing-night gala. The 29th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run Sept. 9-18. Other Hollywood draws this year include world premieres for Paul Haggis' Crash, John Duigan's Head in the Clouds, Frank Flowers' Haven, Alexander Payne's Sideways and James Toback's When Will I Be Loved, as well as a North American premiere for Niels Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon, which bowed at the Festival de Cannes.

SPC observes 'Heroes' with int'l pickups

NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics has sealed a deal to acquire North American, United Kingdom, Italian and German distribution rights to writer-helmer Dan Harris' Imaginary Heroes, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch and Michelle Williams. The SPC team began negotiating to pick up the film earlier this year at the Festival de Cannes. Produced by Illana Diamant and Art Linson, Heroes explores the lives of a seemingly ordinary American family, revealing that nothing is as it seems.

Pardue drifts to indie 'Loggerheads'

Pardue drifts to indie 'Loggerheads'
NEW YORK -- Kip Pardue has signed on to the indie feature Loggerheads for Gill Holland and Lillian LaSalle's newly formed LasalleHolland management-production shingle. Inspired by a true story, Loggerheads, to be directed by Tim Kirkman, revolves around three interweaving tales in North Carolina. Pardue will play a charismatic drifter who travels to a coastal town to help save endangered loggerhead turtles and must decide whether to keep traveling or settle down. Also on board Loggerheads are Elizabeth Perkins, Melinda Dillon (Magnolia), Michael Kelly (Dawn of the Dead) and Robin Weigert (HBO's Deadwood). Shooting begins next month in North Carolina. Holland (Spring Forward) is producing, with Stephen Hays and Lillian LaSalle serving as executive producers. LasalleHolland formed in January when Holland's CineBlast! merged with LaSalle Management Group. Kirkman's credits include the documentary Dear Jesse. Pardue -- whose credits include thirteen, Driven and Remember the Titans as well as the upcoming Imaginary Heroes and Chasing Fate -- is repped by ICM and Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jay Froberg.

Lee shepherds Williams for 'Brokeback'

Michelle Williams is being lassoed to star in Ang Lee's cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are starring, while James Schamus, Michael Costigan, Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry are producing. Adapted by McMurtry and Ossana from a short story by The Shipping News scribe E. Annie Proulx, the story centers on two men (Ledger and Gyllenhaal) who meet one summer as sheepherders in Wyoming and form a bond and love that spans 20 years. The film tracks that time period and their evolving relationship. Williams would play Ledger's wife, Alma, who has to deal with her husband's secret love. Brokeback is slated to shoot in May. Williams gained attention for her work on the WB Network series Dawson's Creek. She most recently appeared in critical darling The Station Agent and has Miramax's Imaginary Heroes and Wim Wenders' Angst and Alienation in the can. She begins shooting The Baxter for IFC Prods. this week. Williams is repped by the Gersh Agency.

Pardue seals his 'Fate' with Maverick film

Pardue seals his 'Fate' with Maverick film
Kip Pardue has found his destiny: a lead role in Chasing Fate for helmer Nigel Dick and Madonna and Guy Oseary's Maverick Films. Shooting is scheduled to start in the spring on location in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Penned by Mark Famiglietti and Lane Garrison, the romantic comedy will find Pardue starring as a successful man whose life unravels after he dumps his fiancee. When she finds sudden fame and fortune, he becomes convinced that they were fated to be together and goes on a journey to win her back. Along with Maverick, Sunil Perkash and Zachary Feuer will produce. At the company, vp Brent Emery is overseeing along with Maverick-based producer Baron Kidd. Pardue is repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jay Froberg. He most recently starred onscreen as Victor in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction for Lions Gate Films. He recently wrapped a lead role in Dan Harris' Imaginary Heroes for Moshe Diamont's Signature Films. His other credits include thirteen, Driven and Remember the Titans.
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