13 items from 2015
The last two really good movies Jennifer Aniston was in are The Break-Up and Friends With Money. Both films are almost ten years old. Since then, she’s appeared in quite a few broad comedy hits, but few movies that show what she’s fully capable of. Fortunately, we may see Jennifer Aniston in What Alice Forgot, a literary adaptation for which she is in talks to star. […]
- Jack Giroux
We don't want to get involved in the whole 'Poor Jen' narrative - painting her like some kind of modern day Ophelia - but it's true that the recently married actress has struggled to replicate her success outside of Friends (not that's she's alone there).
But among the laboured romantic 'comedies' and dramas rank with the stench of pathos, Aniston has actually appeared in a few cinematic gems. We've searched out these tranquil islands in the sea of Metacritic reds and yellows:
A cult comedy with a dark edge but soft heart, Mike 'Beavis & Butt-head' Judge's Office Space was a flop on release in 1999 but has rightly become a cult classic in the years since. Peter, Samir and Michael are three programmers stuck in an office job from hell, which only gets more hellish with the arrival of a pair of consultants looking to "downsize".
A mishap at »
Amy Berg is a rising filmmaker who started her career on a documentary hot streak with the docs West of Memphis and Deliver Us From Evil, and now she’s adapting her first full feature with a story that’s ripped from the headlines.
Every Secret Thing is a Fincher-esque thriller starring Dakota Fanning as a teenager just released from prison after having kidnapped a baby when she was just a young girl. Now a new child has gone missing just three miles from where the first kidnapping took place, and a detective (Elizabeth Banks) suspects Fanning. Here’s the full synopsis:
Every Secret Thing is a psychological crime thriller produced byAcademy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo), which premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) and written by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Enough Said »
- Brian Welk
Fresh from the Tribeca Film Festival where it played to full screens comes Every Secret Thing, a new thriller starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning. The film has a first trailer that you can watch below. Just click the big ‘play’ button and let it weave it dark, trailer-y spell. Directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by Frances McDormand, this thriller has a female focus the genre is not always known for. For screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, director of Enough Said and Friends With Money, this is a shift into darker terrain with a story of child abduction that sees Banks as a detective investigating a missing child. Fanning plays the prime suspect in the abduction, 18-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Fuller. Danielle Macdonald is her fellow prime suspect, Alice Manning. Lane plays Alice's mother, bristling as Banks' 'tec comes knocking, suspecting the worst of her daughter. »
The first trailer for director Amy Berg’s (An Open Secret, Prophet’s Prey) feature debut Every Secret Thing has arrived online, which you can check out below. The film stars Dakota Fanning (Night Moves), Diane Lane (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Nate Parker (About Alex), and Common (Selma).
Every Secret Thing is a psychological crime thriller produced by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo), which premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) and written by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Enough Said), it is based on a 2004 novel of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman about the chilling consequences of the secrets we keep. The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald, Nate Parker, and Common.
Detective Nancy Porter (Banks »
- Scott J. Davis
Out of the vast quantity of movies produced for mass consumption, a staggeringly low percentage hail from female directors, screenwriters and producers. This sad-but-true fact brings to light the very matter of representation in one of the most profitable and high-profile industries, and so when films such as Every Secret Thing come along, they’re worth investigating. And, as it goes, the latest effort from director Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) centers around a police investigation in a small American town.
In addition to its director, Every Secret Thing has a wealth of veritable female talent attached to its production. It’s based on the novel by Laura Lippman, was adapted for the screen by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), is produced by Frances McDormand (Fargo), and stars Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald. With the movie’s release date not due for another month, there »
- Gem Seddon
Somewhere in 2015-16, Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore could fall on hard times. The actress is attached to take on the role of Lee Israel (this NYTimes piece paints the picture on an interesting career choice for the biographer in question) in Nicole Holofcener’s sixth feature film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? for Fox Searchlight. Anne Carey who previously executive produced Holofcener’s Friends with Money will produce. Holofcener is probably on the last drafts of the project and we can almost guarantee that muse Catherine Keener is being considered for a supporting player part.
Gist: Based on the 2008 memoir by Lee Israel, Israel was a respected biographer who fell on hard times and turned to counterfeiting the letters of deceased writers and celebrities (Humphrey Bogart, Ernest Hemingway and a laundry list of other greats) in order to pay her rent. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned »
- Eric Lavallee
After many years of almosts and nearlys, February saw Julianne Moore finally win an Academy Award for her performance in Still Alice. Now, the actress is setting about picking her post-Oscar projects, with Variety reporting that the actress may have found one in the lead for the adaptation of Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Lee Israel’s 2008 memoir of the same name. In addition, Enough Said and Friends With Money director Nicole Holofcener is set to helm the film.
Published by Simon & Schuster, the original books synopsis is:
Before turning to the criminal life, running a one-woman forgery scam out of an Upper West Side studio shared with her tortoiseshell cat, and dodging the FBI, Lee Israel enjoyed a celebrated reputation as an author. When her writing career suddenly took a turn for the worse, she conceived of the astonishing literary scheme that fooled even many of the experts. Forging »
- Scott J. Davis
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
With Oscar voting in progress, let's talk costume design. With Best Picture contenders hogging all the conversation, we remain ever hopeful that the guilds remember to look beyond the films as a whole to the specifics of their particular craft when they scribble down their nominations. One of the most influential costume designers working today is Michael Wilkinson who regularly pushes the envelope in terms of costume technology (see Tron Legacy) and I'm not talking about the miraculous cleavage feats of American Hustle which won Wilkinson a well-deserved Oscar nomination last year. This year you can even see the influence of his 300 costumes in those Maze Runner harnesses (Fun fact: Christine Bieselin Clark, one of the costume designers on that film, was once Wilkinson's assistant!)
- NATHANIEL R
Clearly drunk on Netflix’s mass uploading of all 10 "Friends" seasons, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Friday evening that Jennifer Aniston would earn its Montecito Award. The fest’s prestigious accolade reconigzes a performer who has "given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her and whose style has made a major contribution to film." Previous winners include Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bradem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening. Sbiff honors Aniston for her "inspirational performance" in "Cake." "Once in a while a performer who we thought we knew gets outside of his or her comfort zone and shows us the unexpected,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling in a statement. “When that happens it is cause for celebration – and this is why the 2015 Montecito Award is bestowed upon Ms. Aniston." Aniston’s career is worthy of praise, though »
- Matt Patches
Continuing her awards season heat, Jennifer Aniston has just been named recipient of this year’s Montecito Award, to be presented on Friday, January 30th at the historic Arlington Theatre, during the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Aniston has already been nominated for a SAG Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her acclaimed performance as a woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake. The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is currently in the midst of a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles. It opens formally on January 23rd.
Aniston follows a long list of actors who have received the Montecito Award including Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and last year’s recipient Oprah Winfrey. The festival says it was created in “recognition of a performer »
- Pete Hammond
13 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners