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There's more than one Little Miss Sunshine in Hollywood. In fact, in the last week or so there are five gals vying for that title. First up, Emma Stone. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actress wowed us in a marigold Atelier Versace gown at the flick's London premiere. She paired the gown with a stunning pink lipstick shade (no doubt by Revlon since she is the face of the beauty brand). Next was Jessica Simpson, who flaunted her post-baby bod in a lemon-colored sheath by Yigal Azrouel. You've got to give the mom-of-two extra points for how amazing her toned legs looked in the frock! Similar to Jessica, Kate Middleton opted for a solid yellow sheath but her Roksanda Ilincic's dress featured a white »
Greg Kinnear is the perfect actor to star in Heaven is for Real, an adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller of the same name. The guy from Flash of Genius and Little Miss Sunshine is the one you want for another character struggling in life and trying to convince people of something. He has sad eyes but a charming smile. And in movies like this, no matter how you feel about the message at its core, you’ll like the person he’s playing and want him to succeed. If Tucker: The Man and His Dream or Field of Dreams were remade today, Kinnear would be a great choice to play either’s protagonist. Heaven is for Real is actually quite reminiscent of the latter. It’s set in the Midwest farmlands and deals with a man about to lose everything, it involves a father/son relationship and, most importantly, it involves the afterlife. Yet »
- Christopher Campbell
Little Miss Sunshine! Jessica Simpson was a bright spot on the red carpet at the John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit on Sunday, April 13, in West Hollywood, where she turned heads in a short, canary yellow dress by Yigal Azrouel. The sexy, slim-fitting frock showed off the 33-year-old Weight Watchers spokeswoman's super-fit figure and toned, muscular legs. She paired it with sky-high white platform Saint Laurent heels and simple silver jewelry. The mom of two (to daughter Maxwell, 22 months, and son Ace, 9 months) officially reached her [...] »
Little Miss Sunshine is all grown up…and now it's official! Abigail Breslin turns 18 today! Although the young actress has displayed that she's way beyond her years, she is now a young adult. From innocent and heartwarming roles in films like Little Miss Sunshine to playing a teenage accomplice to murder in Perfect Sisters, we've seen major transformations from the former child star. Growing up before our eyes, we've witnessed the maturing of this actress both on and off screen. At age 16, Breslin shocked all of us with her risqué and sexy photo shoot with Tyler Shields and, and she did so again at age 17 when she posed provocatively for his The Dirty Side of Glamour author's »
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
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- Jeff Labrecque
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe – that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.
Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award-winner Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly, Flight, Sherlock Holmes) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared for what happens next — Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. »
- Movie Geeks
With a career that has spanned both film and television, Toni Collette has garnered a number of fans from appearances in In Her Shoes, About a Boy, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as a leading role in the series United States of Tara. Her addition to a project thus brings with it the interest of those who follow her work, which held true for her latest feature as well. Titled Lucky Them, the film is directed by Megan Griffiths, with a screenplay by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko. Collette stars in the film alongside Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, and Ryan Eggold. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight also saw this film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.
(Source: Women and Hollywood)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Thirty years ago, Ren McCormack fought for his right in Footloose. “This is our time to dance,” he argued. “It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.” As Kevin Bacon put on his old sweats and threw an old cassette on the stereo for Jimmy Fallon last week, we were reminded in the resonating power of dance scenes… Only, we often remember the most polished dance sequences and forget that “from the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons.” Though lists like to remind us over and over of the usual suspects – the films boasting carefully rehearsed choreography ((500) Days of Summer), musical numbers (Singin’ in the Rain), practiced moves (Dirty Dancing), and audacious comedy (Little Miss Sunshine) – there are many memorable dance sequences that break the barriers. Most »
- Monika Bartyzel
(via Kevin Hart’s Facebook page)
The movie is scheduled to open nationwide on Friday, March 27, 2015.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to ‘get hard’ and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
- Michelle McCue
One of the 2014 Oscar contenders I’m most looking forward to is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. I’ll be getting more in depth into that one later on this year, but after the news this week that Carell has also added another project to his slate that screams “nominate me”, I’ve started to think about where his career could be headed. In short, could Carell be an Oscar nominee and/or a winner within the next year or two? This new project that he’s involved in is called The Priority List and is a drama about a teacher dying of cancer attempting to go on the road and reconnect with his students while making the most of his last days. If there was ever a plot that seems tailor made for a Best Actor nomination, it’s this one. »
- Joey Magidson
Steve Carell will star in an upcoming cancer drama from Warner Bros. titled Priority List. Based on the memoir of the same name, the film will find the comedic actor putting away the laughs to play David Menasche, a teacher who is diagnosed with brain cancer and given just a few months to live. He undergoes multiple surgeries to extend his life, but when a seizure ends his teaching career, he hits the road on a “cross-country journey to reconnect with former students, come to terms with his illness and learn to live fully in the present.”
Though he’s primarily known as being one of the funniest actors in Hollywood, Carell has done drama before, with more serious films like Dan in Real Life and Little Miss Sunshine. His most extensive foray into dramatic territory, however, will be in the upcoming Foxcatcher, in which he plays a schizophrenic murderer. »
- Matt Joseph
An uneven, but still strangely appealing, look at mortality, second chances and family dysfunction, the SXSW indie "Sequoia" may resemble a less joyful, arguably more honest version of the "Little Miss Sunshine" narrative, but it still has its own charms despite having many disagreeable characters. Reilly is one of them (Aly Michalka, perhaps best remembered as Emma Stone’s squeaky best friend in "Easy A"). A young, beautiful 23-year-old, she should have her whole life ahead of her. But she’s moody, sarcastic and cynical for good reason: mortally debilitating obstacles rest heavy on Reilly’s soul. She’s reached a stage three level of sarcoma carcinoma mouth cancer. And so, with the situation looking bleak (the removal of her lower jaw being an option if she reaches stage four), she decides to pack it all in with one last trip to Sequoia National Park. But Reilly’s planned suicide isn’t going very well. »
- Rodrigo Perez
To celebrate the release of A Long Way Down (in cinemas 21st March) Hey U Guys are giving three lucky readers the chance to win the perfect night in with friends package including a bottle of champagne, chocolates as well as a DVD bundle and copy of the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby.
In A Long Way Down Four lost souls – a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso – decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve.
When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.
With an all-star cast including Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia! »
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2014) – Following 12 Years A Slave’s historical Academy Award® win for Best Picture, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a campaign to celebrate Fox Searchlight’s 20th Anniversary. The “We Have Your Story” anniversary event will spotlight Fox Searchlight’s collection of more than 140 smart, thoughtful and distinctive films including award-winning favorites Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Slumdog Millionaire, 500 Days of Summer, Juno, The Last King of Scotland, Once, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways and Boys Don’t Cry, which together won 23 Academy Awards and garnered 90 Academy Award nominations. The campaign »
- Pietro Filipponi
Abigail Breslin's Little Miss Sunshine days seem like a distant memory now! In Perfect Sisters, the 17-year-old actress and The Chronicles of Narnia star Georgie Henley almost get away with murdering their alcoholic mother, played by Mira Sorvino. The film is actually based on the true story of Toronto's media-dubbed "Bathtub Girls," two sisters who reportedly used prescription pills and alcohol to kill their mom in the bathtub in 1998. The Perfect Sisters trailer, which premiered Monday on Yahoo Movies, shows Abigail and 18-year-old Georgie's characters trapped in what appears to be a hopeless situation. First their parents split, and then their mother loses her job and enters into a »
The “Known For” widget on a performer’s IMDb page isn’t perfect. It occasionally spits out results that are almost patently wrong, but the more current someone’s career is, the better and more spot-on they are. Case in point: Abigail Breslin, whose IMDb page tells us that she is “Known For” films like Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, and Signs. Despite completely spacing that Breslin is the H2O-happy kiddo in Signs (a personal problem, surely), this is a fully agreeable assessment of the most popular and mainstream titles on her resume. And that would be fine if Breslin was doing those kind of films today – Little Ms. Sunshine? – but the former child star has recently started loading up her schedule with some very different fare. In short, it’s chockfull of horror titles, from the little-seen (Haunter) to the hotly anticipated (Maggie), establishing Breslin as an offbeat pick for the genre’s newest scream queen »
- Kate Erbland
Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley star alongside one another as the Perfect Sisters. Based on the true story of Beth and Sandra Andersen, the films sees two teenage girls raised by an alcoholic mother. With their mother returning to the bottle and taking a new abusive lover, life becomes even harder so the girls plot with their friends how to execute the perfect murder. The girls were later sentenced to 10 years in prison and were released in 2008 under new names.
The film looks to be a very tricky piece, and that’s no bad thing. Obviously people will empathise with the girls’ situation, but the fact it seems to show the teenagers enjoying the idea also brings about many questions. The trailer seems to show a great mix of drama and horror, which often go hand-in-hand. Stanley M. Brooks makes this his directorial debut after many years producing. The casting also seems very daring, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It’s been a long-time established fact that the Sundance Film Festival has acted as a career springboard for a number of now firmly-established directors, and throughout the years, has brought attention to many well-loved feature which may have otherwise slipped through the net. Having conquered Hollywood with his updating of the Batman myth, it’s easy to forget that Christopher Nolan’s first route into that world was due to distribution being acquired after his mind-bending thriller Memento was shown at the festival. Outside of the screening programme, the Sundance Institute even formed a training grounds of sorts for one Quentin Tarantino, who work-shopped his script for debut Reservoir Dogs there, under the tutelage of directors Terry Gilliam and Monte Hellman. Films and filmmakers have found success at Sundance through many different avenues and in unexpected ways.
- Adam Lowes
Wamg is giving away 5 DVDs of the new action thriller Wicked Blood.
The film stars Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County, Little Miss Sunshine, Haunter) Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills) Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Age of Heroes) James Purefoy (“The Following,” John Carter, Ironclad) and Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, Lawless, Unstoppable).
Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah – a teenage girl desperate to free her family from the corrupt Southern underworld of violence, guns, meth and biker gangs that surrounds them. A chess-wiz, Hannah lives with her older sister, Amber (Alexa Vega), and her drug-addicted Uncle Donny (Lew Temple) and they all live in fear of “Uncle Frank” (Sean Bean) Stinson, who runs the powerful crime organization in a ruthless manner.
But when »
- Movie Geeks
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
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