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The career of Sharon Stone has been nothing if not unpredictable. From big screen blockbusters, such as Total Recall and Basic Instinct, to independent fare such as Broken Flowers and Bobby; from awards-fodder such as Casino, to diabolical travesties, such as Catwoman – Stone has continued to keep us on our toes. Her latest creative venture, titled Agent X, is headed to the small screen – courtesy of TNT and a 10 episode series order – and Stone is on board as both star and executive producer.
The show is written by William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity), and directed by Peter O’Fallon (Legit), with Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One) joining Sharon Stone in executive producing. Her supporting cast will feature Jeff Hephner (Chicago Fire), Gerald McRaney (House Of Cards), Mike Colter (The Good Wife), Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and John Shea (Gossip Girl), among others.
Taking the lead role, Stone »
- Sarah Myles
"Did you know that Bill Murray doesn't have an agent? He just has an 800 number and answering machine." I remember exactly where I was when I heard about how Murray manages his career, just like some people remember when they first heard about Keith Richards snorting his dead dad's ashes. It's one of the best pieces of Bill Murray folklore, right up there with how he's always crashing house parties. But it hasn't helped his work much. Just look at his recent filmography. If you forget about his work with Wes Anderson and flukes like Get Low and Zombieland, it's been a pretty dire stretch since 2005's Broken Flowers — The Lost City, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, City of Ember, The Limits of Control, Passion Play, Hyde Park on the Hudson, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, The Monuments Men, and his latest, the treacly dramedy St. Vincent, »
- Jesse David Fox
For Bill Murray, the idea of attending Bill Murray Day sounded like punishment. So at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, the comedian was having serious trepidation about the special day designated to showing his classic films “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” followed by the premiere of his latest comedy, “St. Vincent.” The celebration unfolded like a cross between Comic-Con and a political rally, with an army of fans in Bill Murray masks marching en route to the screenings.
“The whole thing gets more complicated as it draws closer, and you feel such dread about it,” Murray says in an interview at his hotel before the hoopla begins. “I’m nervous. All I can think is I feel like the Statue of Liberty covered with maggots. I feel like I am going to be assaulted! Why am I doing this?”
Prior to his trip to Toronto (from an island he »
- Ramin Setoodeh
"I thought, 'Well, I better not be crying when the lights come up,'" Murray recalled in an interview shortly after the film's Toronto International Film Festival debut. "That would be bad for my image."
For an actor who has worked irregularly and often in smaller roles, St. Vincent, is his most challenging part in years. It's a technically demanding role that includes a coarse Brooklyn accent and portraying the aftermath of a stroke. His character, Vincent, gruffly but tenderly mentors a shy boy next door (Jaeden Lieberher), teaching him an upper-cut, not to mention how to play the trifecta.
While popping jelly beans in a hotel room, Murray reflected on his newfound ambition, his Oscar hopes and how he stays relaxed.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
The British star will collect the Actor Tribute and Miller the Director Tribute at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 1.
Swinton most recently appeared in Snowpiercer and her credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Broken Flowers, The Deep End, Orlando, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Michael Clayton, which earned her a best supporting actress Oscar in 2008.
“Swinton’s broad and iconoclastic body of work permeates the indie film landscape, thrilling and challenging audiences. Miller’s films, both narrative and documentary, have similarly »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Channel 4's latest, arrestingly titled, comedy series begins with a rude awakening. Dylan Witter has tested positive for chlamydia and he doesn't know from whom he contracted it. Along with his lothario best friend Luke, he must build up the courage to contact all of his sexual partners and inform them. You could see it as a new take on My Name Is Earl but with STDs instead of karma.
Let's deal with the elephant in the room here. There are going to be a lot of people taking one look at the name and possibly writing this series off based on that alone. It's obviously going to be the first question I asked series creator and writer, Tom Edge. "It was kind of a joke for the producers. »
For whatever reason, comedians have never received the same degree of respect as their dramatic counterparts —that is, until they take on more serious material. The road to critical esteem is littered with actors making the transition from comedy to drama (think Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine" or Bill Murray in "Broken Flowers"), and the latest pair to cross over are former ”Saturday Night Live” stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, both delivering impressive turns as a pair of depressive siblings in the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” The film opens with concurrent, unsuccessful, suicide attempts from the two: Maggie (Wiig) is a dental assistant living in the small New York town she grew up in, while Milo (Hader) is a struggling actor in La whose recent breakup sent him off the deep end. Though the pair have not spoken in 10 years, Milo’s situation brings him back home to stay with his sister, »
- Cory Everett
Toronto — You may find this hard to believe, but the last time the world was treated to a movie with Bill Murray in a leading role was 2005’s “Broken Flowers.” The legendary comedic actor has kept busy since then in supporting roles, but much to his fans' chagrin, he hasn’t really been at the center of the action. That has all changed with the new comedy “St. Vincent,” which debuted at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Friday night. The feature directorial and screenwriting debut of industry veteran Theodore Melfi, “St. Vincent” finds Murray playing Vincent (without the "St." at first), a 68-year-old cantankerous, inebriated and financially unstable “old man.” Vincent is in debt with a reverse mortgage, owes a bookie a hefty sum after bad bets at the racetrack and just seems to be the victim of a lot of self-induced bad luck. The only positives in his »
- Gregory Ellwood
Telluride — There is a moment near the end of "Wild" where Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) runs into a young boy and his grandmother out on a weekend hike. Strayed has walked hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to deal with personal, emotional pain that has plagued her most of her young adult life. After learning of Strayed's heartbreaks the young boy (Evan O'Toole) sings her the song "Red River Valley." In the hands of a lesser director this scene could have been overly saccharine and misplaced. But director Jean-Marc Vallée makes it as artful and touching as it needs to be. Clearly, we should not have doubted him. Vallée was one of the main creative forces of "Dallas Buyers Club," but did not earn a Best Director Oscar nod. Instead, he made due with an editing nomination. This was disheartening in some respects because there »
- Gregory Ellwood
For Toronto moviegoers currently suffering from summer blockbuster fatigue, the Tiff Bell Lightbox is offering just the solution with "Strange Paradise: The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch," the first comprehensive retrospective of the cult director's films in Canada.
Presented by Tiff Cinematheque and programmed by Brad Deane, the series runs from July 24 to August 16, covering the indie icon's entire career. All 12 of Jarmusch's films are being brought back to the big screen, from his Nyu film studies Master's thesis "Permanent Vacation" and breakout Cannes Film Festival darling "Stranger Than Paradise" to his most recent offering "Only Lovers Left Alive," for anyone who missed the quirky vampire love story during last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
An acclaimed art house auteur minus any of the off-putting pretension -- case in point: just watch the near-prison riot started by Roberto Benigni chanting "We all scream for ice cream" in "Down By Law" -- »
- Rick Mele
Estonian film Cherry Tobacco has its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary. Laurence Boyce talks to the married director Andres and Katrin Maimik about influences, first love and dumpling faces.
Married directing duo Andres and Katrin Maimik mark their debut feature together with Estonian film Cherry Tobacco, due to have its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West Competition.
For Katrin Maimik, it represents her first foray into the world of feature film after directing well-regarded shorts such as Foto. For Andres Maimik, known to Estonian audiences as an actor and journalist, it represents a return after such films as documentary Kuku: I Will Survive and the popular domestic hit Farts of Fury.
Cherry Tobacco follows young girl Laura who embarks on a camping holiday in the Estonian countryside. There she falls for the charms of 40-something Joosep and young love blossoms.
A lyrical and moving piece about first love, the film drips »
If there’s one thing most film lovers can agree on is their love of Bill Murray. Since the late 1990′, Murray has produced some of his best work, with his turns in Lost In Translation, Broken Flowers and many Wes Anderson collaborations, proving just how much talent the funnyman has.
His newest film, St. Vincent, is due out later this year, and the first trailer for it is below for your viewing pleasure. Murray stars as the titular St. Vincent, a war veteran, whose misogyny and hedonistic world is turned upside down by his new, 12-year-old neighbour, who soon finds himself introduced to drinking, gambling, hookers and St. Vincent’s friend, a local prostitute.
While it may seem all very familiar in terms of story and tone, it’s hard to ignore Murray when he is in this type of form. Co-starring Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Chris O’Dowd (Calvary), Terence Howard »
- Scott Davis
Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" and Cannes entries Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" and Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," to Spike Lee's upcoming "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." He's also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lee's "Do the Right Thing." Kilik is a prolific producer whose films are primarily based on his relationships with filmmakers. His goal is to serve and nurture his directors as he helps them to make the best possible film. He has remained an independent New Yorker through his entire career. He has worked with Lee on 14 films, as well as Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell & the Butterfly"), Gary Ross ("Pleasantville," "Hunger Games"), Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Babel," "Biutiful"), Jim Jarmusch ("Broken Flowers"), Robert Altman ("Pret-a-Porter") and »
- Anne Thompson
Bill Murray became a movie star 35 years ago this week, upon the release of "Meatballs" on June 29, 1979. His lead role as the head counselor at a sub-par summer camp marked a number of firsts: his first of four movies with director Ivan Reitman (the others were "Stripes" and the two "Ghostbusters"), his first of six movies with writer Harold Ramis (the four Reitman films, plus "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day"), and his first taste of mega-stardom beyond his TV fame on "Saturday Night Live."
Since then, his career has taken on a trajectory unique in the history of film, one in which he's gone from comic goofball to dramatic thespian, from universally beloved to acquired taste, and from manic cynic to soft-spoken spiritual seeker. Through it all, however, there have been a few constants; no matter whether he's a grubby groundskeeper or a morose mogul: Murray's character is always the coolest »
- Gary Susman
They’re not the type to tackle you in the snow and rip your throat out. No, the two main vampires in director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive are a far cry from the vicious fanged pack of 30 Days of Night. Sure, they still drink blood, but they don’t take it from unwilling innocents. You can see these eternal blood sippers ponder life and each other on Blu-ray and DVD before summer’s end.
Slated for an August 19th home media release, Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston. The Blu-ray / DVD release comes with a few bonus features for fans to savor, as well as cover art that depicts the two lead actors kicking back like mellow vamps:
Culver City, Calif. (June 16, 2014) – “Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from Director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Only Lovers Left Alive, will debut on Blu-ray™, DVD and DigitalHD Aug. »
- Derek Anderson
If you're anything like me, you've been wondering when you're going to be able to see Jim Jarmusch's vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive (review), which has to date only been given a limited theatrical release. That all changes this August, when the bloodsuckers come home. Read on for release details!
From the Press Release
Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Only Lovers Left Alive, will debut on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film is the apotheosis of American independent film and underground music, full of Jarmusch’s laconic sense of humor. Only Lovers Left Alive stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, 2008, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) alongside co-stars Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and John Hurt (Harry Potter).
Set against »
- John Squires
Jim Jarmusch's very well reviewed "Only Lovers Left Alive" led a considerable batch of indie openers at the box office this weekend. The story of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two retro cool vampires, "Only Lovers" grossed $96,976 from 4 theaters for a potent $24,244 average. The debut sits in between the performances of the director's last two films (both of which also featured Swinton). Jarmusch's last film -- 2009's "The Limits of Control" -- averaged $18,607 from 3 theaters, while 2005's "Broken Flowers" took in a very strong $28,904 per its 27 opening screens (before going on to gross $13,744,960 and become Jarmusch's top overalll grosser by far). Either way, the numbers for "Lovers" are promising for distributor Sony Pictures Classics, who will expand the film next weekend. Not fairing quite as well was The Weinstein Company's release of "The Railway Man." The film took in $64,506 from 4 theaters, which made for a $16,127 per-theater-average. Directed by. »
- Peter Knegt
Loners and outcasts have no greater cinematic patron saint than Jim Jarmusch, the fiercely independent writer-director who's spent over three decades chronicling urban fringe-dwellers, road trippers, rockabilly tourists, Zen hitmen and, now, vampires. The 60-year-old filmmaker's latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, centers on a centuries-old couple (played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) who like their Type O served neat, though its a far cry from the recent wave of vampire chic; it's really a languorous romance in which two lovers struggle with immortality-engendered ennui. It may be Jarmusch's first foray into horror films, »
After his droll yet audience-friendly quirkfest Broken Flowers took home the Grand Prix at Cannes ’05 hit, Jim Jarmusch returns to the Croisette (after his sharply divisive The Limits of Control eluded the festival circuit) with another quintessentially Jarmuschian affair – this time about vampires. Typically shapeless, loquacious, and deeply concerned with artifacts of yester-generations’ hip kids (viz., wicked guitars and an eclectic record collection), this notably un-horrific take on the genre comes on the heels of Amy Heckerling’s under-appreciated comedy Vamps to form a unique diptych of films more concerned with certain basic ideas of immortality than in generating jump scares.
Featuring a pair of rather sophisticated undead named Adam and Eve (Tim Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton), the Detroit-set Only Lovers Left Alive is propelled, ever so deliberately, by the two leads’ recollections and souvenirs, their personal »
- Blake Williams
Editor’s note: Our review of Only Lovers Left Alive originally ran during this year’s SXSW, but we’re re-posting it as the film opens theatrically. Director Jim Jarmusch‘s (Broken Flowers, Dead Man) films have never been for everyone. They’re experimental in a variety of ways, but, for good or bad, they are always Jim Jarmusch films. However, sometimes too much Jarmuschiness can agitate even his own fans. His last film, The Limits of Control, never shied away from testing its audience’s patience in part because its awareness of itself was far too often distancing. That’s not the case with his latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, a movie that maintains its focus, emotional investment, and laughs from start to finish. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been lovers for hundreds of years. They’re true romantics, but they are on opposite sides of the world. Eve »
- Jack Giroux
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