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Writer/director Richard Curtis once assured me that About Time was actually an anti-time-travel time-travel movie. As it turns out, he was right: About Time is less about the mind-bending elements that come along with time travel and much more about what you’d expect from the man behind Notting Hill and Love, Actually (spoiler: matters of the heart).
I both love and hate time travel movies — much in the same way I hate outer space but love and fully appreciated Gravity. (Know your enemy!) I fear my brain — and yes, I was an English major — is too puny to »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Earlier this week, Variety chief film critic Justin Chang wrote about time travel romance films in response to the new Richard Curtis movie, About Time. It’s a fair reading of the genre, focusing narrowly on Somewhere In Time, The Lake House and The Time Traveler’s Wife (which like About Time stars Rachel McAdams). These are all cinematic equivalents of the time travel romance novel (two are actually adaptations), of which there are hundreds of examples, and they’re all pretty sappy, whether they have sad or happy endings. Of course, they’re concentrated on not only love stories, but ones putting the ideas of destiny and its obstacles to the extreme of temporal distance. So either concluding in a final parting (death) or union (finally getting together forever), there’s going to be a great sentimental power breaking through the tension at the end, a power that probably leaves its audience in need of a »
- Christopher Campbell
“About Time,” Richard Curtis’ third and final film as a director, is — wait a second. Today’s theme being time travel, let’s suspend that thought and return to the not-terribly-distant past — specifically, to the fall of 1980, when Universal (the distributor of “About Time”) was launching a very different sci-fi love story in theaters. That film was “Somewhere in Time,” a now cult-beloved weepie that starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour as lovers whose passion transcended time, sense and the derision of most critics. Faced with a work of such swooning preposterousness, Roger Ebert could only shrug and ask, “Isn’t it a little futile to travel 68 years backward in time for a one-night stand?”
See Also: Film Review: “About Time”
In his Variety review, Joseph McBride proved kinder than most, writing that “Somewhere in Time” “harks back to such 1940s Hollywood romantic classics as ‘Portrait of Jennie’ and ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, »
- Justin Chang
The Pope will be the subject of two upcoming films.
The Argentinian and German movies will cover different periods in Pope Francis I's life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Writer and director Alejandro Agresti's film - tentatively called Historia de un Cura (History of a Priest) - will centre around the future pontiff's life as a young man in Argentina.
Meanwhile, German writer and producer Christian Peschken is working on a $34 million (£21 million) production under the working title Friend of the Poor.
Pope Francis I has transformed into a media darling since becoming pontiff earlier this year, gaining both praise and criticism for his outspokenness about a number of issues facing the Catholic Church. But now His Holiness is set to play an entirely different role: biopic subject.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that there are currently two films in production that center around the life of Pope Francis. One, out of the pope's native Argentina, will focus on his life as a young priest, when he was still known by his birth name, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The movie, written and directed by Alejandro Agresti ("The Lake House"), will be called "Historia de un cura" ("History of a Priest"), and star Rodrigo de la Serna ("The Motorcycle Diaries") as the young Bergoglio.
Meanwhile, in Germany, writer and producer Christian Peschken is working on a $34 million feature about Pope Francis called "Friend of the Poor. »
- Katie Roberts
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
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Argentina's Alejandro Agresti is to bring the life story of Pope Francis to the big screen, reports Variety.
Rodrigo de la Serna, best known for his award-winning role as Che Guevara's travelling companion Alberto Granado in The Motorcycle Diaries, will play the world's first Argentine pope. The film, titled Historia de un cura (A Priest's Tale) will tell the story of the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio from his youth to his election in March as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Born in 1936 as the grandson of Italian immigrant parents in Buenos Aires, Francis became the first pontiff from the southern Hemisphere and the first of Jesuit origin earlier this year, as well as the first from any Latin American nation. Agresti's movie will tell »
- Ben Child
Pope Francis is a man of firsts: the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first non-European, the first to be in a selfie, and the first to utilize Twitter, among other things. And all this while only being in power since March. So it's perhaps only fitting that the Holy Father will already get his own biopic, to be filmed in his native Argentina. Alejandro Agresti (The Lake House) is set to direct Historia de un cura (A Priest's Tale), which will follow the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio from childhood to the papacy »
We’ve all been fascinated by the newest leader of the Catholic church and with good reason: Pope Francis blesses motorcycles, performs accidental exorcisms, washes women’s feet, and is doing it all with only one lung. The man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio is so exceptional in fact that it was only a matter of time before the film industry got interested. And that time is now: It was announced Sunday at the Venice Film Festival that Argentinian director Alejandro Agresti (The Lake House) will take on the biopic Historia de un cura (A Priest’s Tale), which focuses on the life of Pope Francis from his childhood in Buenos Aires through the election that made him head of the Catholic Church. Rodrigo de la Serna (The Motorcycle Diaries) will play the pontificate.Agresti told Variety: “More than a rapid biopic of key events, I’m more concerned with getting inside this very singular person, »
- Delia Paunescu
Venice – Habemus a pope pic. And from Pope Francis’ native Argentina.
One of its most international directors, Alejandro Agresti (“The Lake House”) will direct “Historia de un cura” (A Priest’s Tale), a biopic of Jose Mario Bergoglio from his childhood through to election in March as the head of the Catholic Church.
Bergoglio became the first Jesuit pope, the first from the southern hemisphere and the first from North or Latin America.
“A Priest’s Tale” is set up at Argentina’s Pampa Films (“Chinese Take-Away”) and Spain’s Pentagrama (“Before the Fall”).
Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens,” “Son of the Bride”), one of the architects of Argentina’s film renaissance, will produce with Pentagrama’s Jose Ibanez whose credits include Oliver Stone’s “Comandante” and Emir Kusturica’s “Maradona by Kusturica. »
- John Hopewell
The Us is full of iconic filming locations … ideal for a road trip. From Alaska to Texas here are 10 of our favourite movie sights
The Lake House (2006)
So many Chicago hotspots were showcased in this movie – the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, Michigan Avenue, Grant Park, the bridges over the Chicago river. One scene takes Kate (Sandra Bullock) on a walking tour, past stunning examples of local architecture. Christopher Plummer, who plays Alex's (Keanu Reeves) architect father, has one of my favourite lines. He says the most important quality in architecture is "always the light. Always." Take an architecture tour for your own light-filled experience.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
The scenes in this movie that were filmed in Belltown, Pioneer Square and the Roosevelt Hotel all pull you into this great Pacific Northwest city. »
- Salena Lettera
Being the movie capital of the Western world, Hollywood has always sought ideas from other cultures to use for its own nefarious ends. Be it the straight-forward twisting of the story of Arabian Nights to the sprinkling of racism that peppers most Disney animations, the practice became solidified as a grade-a money-spinner in a big, award-winning way with the release of Martin Scorsese’s 2007 film The Departed.
A stylish remake of the Chinese original Infernal Affairs (2003), the film’s numerous Oscar nods proved that there was a mainstream market for Us remakes, and since then that trend has continued unabated. There are remakes planned for Chan Wook-park’s Vengeance trilogy; a Hollywood adaptation of Death Note; another remake of Seven Samurai; Akira (now unlikely); Battle Royale; there was talk of a remake of The Host, but details have dried up; the list goes on.
This article is going to focus »
- Rob Batchelor
The movie world is rejoicing because Iron Man 3 opens wide today! Robert Downey Jr’s character Tony Stark may be a super hero, but that’s not all: He also has one of the most super kickass houses in cinema history. It’s pretty amazing- but still, no one can stay in one place forever. What’s he going to do when he wants to pack up his iron suit in a U-Haul and find a new abode? Maybe one that will give him a shorter commute to world-savings. Well don’t worry Tony, we’ve going through the film real estate listings and came up with 10 spots that are almost as cool as your current spread. And we won’t even charge you a brokers fee. Read on and check out the 10 coolest (fictional) houses in movie history!
10. Kid’s Kingdom from Blank Check (1994)
Recently come into some serious cash? »
- Jordan Runtagh
Chicago – With Mother’s Day around the corner, Warner Bros. has released another one of their stellar DVD box sets built around their 100th anniversary — “Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Romance.” It may not be the best gift set for everyone but it does offer a strong package for those who like a little emotional manipulation with their popcorn. There are some undeniable classics in this set (along with some questionable choices) but it’s the sheer “something for everyone” quality of the release that makes it memorable.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
Seventy years of romance from 1938’s “Jezebel” to 2008’s “Nights in Rodanthe” are included in this set that includes a book with plot descriptions for each of the films and all of the special features from previous releases. That’s essentially what this is — previous releases compiled into one box set. Literally. The DVDs are the same - transfers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Keanu Reeves loves pandas! And Jackie Chan loves posting pics of Keanu Reeves loving pandas! And pandas love Rush Hour (though they're split between whether they love Jackie Chan or Chris Rock more). Pandas did not love The Lake House. Jackie (who goes by "成龍 Jackie Chan" on Facebook) posted this photo today with the caption, "Keanu and I both love pandas!" See, we told you. This is also apparently what Keanu Reeves looks like when he's...happy? Oh geez. We almost prefer sad Keanu and his pigeons (Keanu does not love pigeons). Though Jackie posted this picture mere hours ago, it appears that it's actually from 2011 when the »
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed David Auburn, best known for writing the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, and adapting it into the Miramax film. Auburn, who signed with Robert Bookman, most recently scripted A Discovery Of Witches, an adaptation of the Deborah Harkness supernatural fantasy novel. His script credits include The Girl In The Park (which he directed), and The Lake House. His most recent play was The Columnist, which starred John Lithgow on Broadway. Auburn continues to be managed by Code Entertainment’s Rich Freeman. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Director: Todd Berger Title: It’s A Disaster Starring: Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, David Cross (TV’s ‘Arrested Development’), Rachel Boston (‘The Pill’), Blaise Miller (‘The Scencesters’), Erinn Hayes (TV’s ‘Children’s Hospital’), Jeff Grace (‘Super Zeroes’) and Kevin Brennan (‘The Lake House’) Maintaining the perfect public image, particularly with long-term friends who believe you have the perfect life, is an important goal many people set to maintain. Often times it takes a life altering, catastrophe event that forces people to publicly face the inevitable and admit their mistakes and shortcomings. Struggling to cope with such an sudden and unexpected change is the emotional conflict in the new comedy ‘It’s A Disaster.’ The [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
The collection includes Casablanca (1942), one of our favorite movies of all time as well as Jezebel (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director’s Version (1951), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Splendor in the Grass (1961), Doctor Zhivago (1965), A Touch of Class (1973), A Star Is Born (1976), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Bodyguard (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Two Weeks Notice (2002), The Lake House (2006) and Nights in Rodanthe (2008).
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Warner Bros. has picked up rights to Julie Kibler's debut novel Calling Me Home, which hit shelves on February 12th.
The book, described as in the same vein as Driving Miss Daisy and The Help, tells the story of the relationship between an eighty-nine-year-old woman named Isabelle McAllister and her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. The elderly woman asks her friend to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas to a funeral taking place in Cincinnati. During their trip she reveals that she secretly fell in love with her family's black housekeeper when she was younger.
Roy Lee is producing the project. The studio is currently seeking out a writer to adapt the story for the big screen. The producer is best known for his Oldboy remake and The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.
No production schedule has been released. »
Recently, the intrepid co-hosts of Sound on Sight radio asked me to help host a podcast devoted to Keanu Reeves. I had been hoping for a long time that they would have just such a podcast, and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain a little bit more about why I find Reeves to be such a fascinating figure, and why I have spent so many hours of my life thinking about him and enjoying his films. It’s already fairly common knowledge that Reeves is a pretty spectacular human being. In terms of recounting his personal awesomeness, this article (http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-greatest-_true_-keanu-reeves-stories-ever-told/joanne) does a better job than I ever could. Give it a glance. But being an amazing human hasn’t necessarily won Keanu the accolades he deserves in the artistic world. And so, in terms of arguing for his value as a film star, »
- Kate Rennebohm
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