13 items from 2013
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired Us and Canadian rights to Frontera, starring Ed Harris (Snowpiercer, Pain & Gain, Phantom, Pollock, Apollo 13), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives, The Heartbreak Kid, The Sentinel), Michael Peña (American Hustle, End of Watch, The Lincoln Lawyer), Aden Young (Killer Elite) and Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone, Field of Dreams). The film was directed by Michael Berry, from a script he co-wrote with Juan Luis Moulinett III, and produced by Ocean Blue Entertainment and executive producer Eric Austin Williams.
In the vein of Traffic and Babel, Frontera is set in the dangerous area between the United States and Mexico. After crossing the border illegally for work, Miguel (Michael Peña), a hard-working father and devoted husband, finds himself wrongfully accused of murdering a former sheriff's (Ed Harris) wife. After learning of his imprisonment, Miguel's pregnant wife (Eva Longoria) tries »
November 14, 2014 Marks Dumb and Dumber 2 Debut. I'm still bewildered that a film like this is being made to begin with. The first film of 1994 helmed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly had its 1990s comedic moments, but to bring back the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two less-than-intelligent leads so many years later, whether Jennifer Lawrence (still stunned that she's on board) is in the cast or not, is quite absurd. It's not like the Farrelly's have any sort of crowd pulling power like the Coen brothers, since the majority of their films after the great There's Something About Mary, well, sucked for a lack of a more fitting word - Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass and The Three Stooges. »
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Peter Bradshaw on comedy
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
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It's hard to overestimate the impact of "There's Something About Mary," which celebrates its 15th anniversary this week (it was released on July 15, 1998 -- scroll down for "There's Something About Mary: Where Are They Now?").
Even casual viewers of the film can never hear the phrase "frank and beans" the same way. The Farrelly Brothers' comedy dared to go where few comedies had gone before, and where countless others have tried to go since.
"Mary" wasn't the first gross-out comedy (though it may be one of the first to make a sight gag out of a zipper-mangled penis, or a misplaced glob of body fluid). But it was the first to work that gross-out humor into a sweet romantic comedy about believable, well-rendered characters. It was, in a perverse way, a movie for everybody, with the scatological humor targeting male audiences and the character-driven romance targeting female audiences. But »
- Gary Susman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
Chicago – Acclaimed film critic and writer Martha P. Nochimson gave an exclusive interview to Indie Outlook, the independent film blog and podcast founded by Hollywood Chicago staff writer Matt Fagerholm. Her book, “David Lynch Swerves,” reveals how the titular director’s interest in quantum mechanics and the Holy Vedas of the Hindu religion provide a key to understanding his later work on an exhilaratingly new level.
Nochimson’s analysis of 1997’s “Lost Highway,” 1999’s “The Straight Story,” 2001’s “Mulholland Dr.”, and 2006’s “Inland Empire” is a must-read for any serious scholar or fan of the filmmaker’s incomparable oeuvre. In her interview with Indie Outlook, Nochimson discusses her fascinating theories regarding Lynch’s work, her enlightening conversations with physicist David Albert and the invigorating, often overlooked message that the director wishes to convey to his audience. Other recent stories on Indie Outlook include two in-depth interviews with Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We were extremely curious to find out what kind of content YouTube’s new talent-driven channel Jash would produce with the combined brilliance of Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts. Even though a Michael Cera-directed short film adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman’s 1966 story Brazzaville Teen-ager seems a bit out of the box, we’re kind of delighted that Jash is pushing the boundaries of what a comedy channel can be. It’s not just parodies and sketches.
Cera’s 19-minute treatment of the classic short tells the story of Gunther, a young man hoping to connect with his sick father. »
- Lindsey Bahr
"The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in. Film at eleven." – 'The Kentucky Fried Movie' (1977)
Greetings from the apocalypse! If you lost some fingers to frostbite while walking down the driveway to get your mail, don't panic, that's perfectly normal for this time of year … on the east coast, anyway. A few bits of drudgery opening at the multiplex will numb your brain even more than the cold, but lucky for you I've scouted out some alternative routes towards weekend moviegoing satisfaction.
Friday, January 25
There was a minute or two in the late '90s/early '00s when The Farrelly Brothers were the undisputed heavyweight champions of comedy, but after round-one knockouts like "The Heartbreak Kid" and "The Three Stooges" they're officially classified "punch-drunk." Now it seems Peter Farrelly has made a movie so bad even his brother Bobby's not involved, and it's called "Movie 43." Taking »
- Max Evry
Peter Farrelly is best known for the raunchy comedies he directed and produced with his brother, Bobby, including Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, There's Something About Mary and The Heartbreak Kid. Peter is the producer and one of 12 directors of Movie 43—a multi-episode comedy with a huge ensemble cast, including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell and many more. The title comes from an Internet rumor about a mythic movie that was supposedly so extreme and outrageous that it was impossible to find. It turns out that's because there was no Movie 43… until now. We sat down with the 56-year-old director as he chatted candidly about pushing the envelope with Movie 43, what Halle Berry did with her...
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13 items from 2013
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