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The production, which comprises 10 hour-long episodes, will be a highlight of Sky Italia’s 2015 slate.
It is set in the midst of the political turmoil in Italy at the beginning of the 90s, which led to the collapse of the First Republic and the launch of the “Mani Pulite” (Clean Hands) operation. As police and prosecutors dig deep into a web of illegal money transfers and organized crime, the power vacuum paves the way for new players, who seems to be mysteriously linked to one another.
“1992” is based on an idea of the Italian actor Stefano Accorsi (“The Last Kiss”), who also stars along with Guido Caprino (“War Story,” “In Treatment”), Domenico Diele (“All Cops Are Bastards”), Tea Falco (Bertolucci’s “Io e te”), Alessandro Roja (“Romanzo Criminale”) and Miriam Leone. The directors »
- Leo Barraclough
Next month sees the UK release of Wish I Was Here, former Scrubs star Zach Braff’s first directorial offering since 2004′s Garden State, and Koch Media Films has dropped a new UK poster for the Kickstarter-funded comedy drama, which we have for you here…
Wish I Was Here opens in the UK on September 19th, with Braff joined in the cast by Kate Hudson (The Killer Inside Me), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Josh Gad (Frozen), Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Michael Weston (The Last Kiss), the late James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). Watch the trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
Today marks the release of actor/filmmaker Zach Braff’s second directorial outing in Wish I Was Here, and it’s only his second film in a decade, after making his writing and directing debut with Garden State. During the past decade, he hasn’t even done too much in the way of movies, even after he left his hit television show Scrubs. Still, he’s got a new flick in theaters and I’m thrilled to have him back. Oddly enough though, a few articles this week have sort of bemoaned his return, so I wanted to counteract that negativity with some positivity, since I’m quite fond of his talents and hope he’s here to stay now. So, once again, I’m providing the optimist’s counterpoint. Braff spent the past ten years trying to get different projects off the ground, but they just never came to pass. »
- Joey Magidson
Most people probably remember Zach Braff from his long tenure on the now-defunct NBC sitcom Scrubs. Almost as many recollect his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State. (And no one thinks about 2006′s The Last Kiss, which Braff starred in and did uncredited rewrites on.) At present, though, people may best recognize Braff for the swelling kerfuffle over his decision to fund his latest effort, Wish I Was Here, through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter; it’s a case of contextual brouhaha overtaking actual discussion of the film itself.
A first glimpse of the movie via last month’s teaser trailer changed that somewhat; now, with the release of Wish I Was Here‘s full trailer, seen above, we may finally get around to talking about what Braff has up his sleeve and whether or not it’ll be worth watching. If anything, Wish I Was ...
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- Andy Crump
Focus Features has debuted the first full trailer for Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-financed comedy-drama Wish I Was Here, which is scheduled for release on July 18th in the Us and in the UK on September 19th.
Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about his way of life, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
- Scott Davis
Not content to defy credulity, The Last Kiss — an astonishingly vapid 1932 play by the justly forgotten team of Erbmann, Landor, and Marmel — dares to defy mathematics as well. After all, a big fat zero of a script like this should not be divisible by three. And a mere handful of bad actors should not be able to manufacture, as they have in the revival just opened in New Haven, a lifetime’s worth of theatrical disaster. Or so a reviewer might have responded to the dreadful play-within-a-play that makes up the first act of Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss, opening now — in reality — at Playwrights Horizons. Happily, I can report that Stage Kiss itself is a gift and a rarity: a superb new romantic comedy that does justice to both sides of the genre equation. It’s moving, smart, and flat-out hilarious.What’s especially wonderful is how it gets »
- Jesse Green
For Italian director Gabriele Muccino, making movies in Hollywood has been a roller-coaster ride that began at the top, working with Will Smith as helmer of “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Seven Pounds,” and came hurtling back to earth with 2012 train wreck “Playing for Keeps.”
“I started out on the top of Mount Everest, and then I fell flat on my face,” is how Muccino sums it up.
No high-profile Italian helmer, including Bernardo Bertolucci, has worked within the U.S. studio system as much as Muccino, who still makes movies in Italy.
- Nick Vivarelli
7 items from 2014
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