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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious Sf of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
post-turkey Thanksgiving treats
Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video] The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pieces of April: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Lovefilm, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand.
cool moustaches to wrap up Movember
The Godfather: epic saga about Marlon Brando and his moustache ruling the criminal underworld [my review] [at Netflix] O Brother, Where Art Thou?: George Clooney and his moustache on a bona fide quest for Dapper Dan hair pomade [my review] [at Netflix] Nacho Libre: Jack Black and his moustache do Mexican wrestling and save an orphanage [my review] [at Netflix] Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Johnny Depp and his moustache sail the high seas in search of adventure [my review] [at Netflix] There Will Be Blood: Daniel Day-Lewis and his moustache corner the early oil markets [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
20th Century Fox Animation and Reel FX Animation Studios have announced casting for the companies’ animated comedy The Book Of Life, which 20th Century Fox releases in theaters everywhere one year from today - October 17, 2014.
Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo and Ron Perlman star in the film produced by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez. Gutierrez also wrote the screenplay with Doug Langdale.
Also joining the cast are Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo and legendary tenor Placido Domingo, plus Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), radio personality Ricardo (“El Mandril”) Sanchez, and Danny Trejo (Machete).
An animated comedy with a unique visual style, The Book Of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. »
- Michelle McCue
Aside from directing visually striking adventure movies like Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has also developed a reputation in animation as a producer. Having worked on Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Legends of the Guardians, del Toro is gathering together a star-studded voice cast for his newest animated endeavor Book of Life. THR reports Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Christina Applegate have signed on to topline the film, while Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Cheech Marin, and Danny Trejo will co-star along with Kate del Castillo (Under the Same Moon, Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing, opera singer Placido Domingo, Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias, and radio personality Ricardo .El Mandril. Sanchez. You may have noticed much of this cast is made up of Hispanic performers, which is a savvy move »
Does anyone think it's counter productive for Channing Tatum to be leading the voice cast of 20th Century Fox Animation/Reel FX's Book of Life? Of course, Tatum is a fine actor but he's also, well, fine...so it kind of seems like a waste to his fans to only hear the G.I. Joe actor. But's he's also the voice of Superman in The Lego Movie so I guess, so it goes.
Anyway, Book of Life is from Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and is about honoring the past while looking to the future. Also starring is Star Trek's Zoe Saldana (who maybe the female equivalent to Tatum in the looks department), Christina Applegate ("Up All Night"), Ice Cube (Are We There Yet?), and Diego Luna (Elysium). Rounding out the cast is Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim), Gabriel Iglesias (Planes), Cheech Marin (Cars movies), Danny Trejo (Machete movies), Hector Elizondo »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana will lend their voices to 20th Century Fox Animation and Reel FX Animation Studios’ animated comedy “The Book of Life,” the companies announced Wednesday. Guillermo del Toro is producing the movie, which Jorge Gutierrez is directing from a script he wrote with Doug Langdale. Also Read: Comic-Con 2013: Channing Tatum Will Be Superman in ‘The Lego Movie’ The rest of the voice cast includes Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo and del Toro favorite Ron Perlman, as well as Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera (“Nacho Libre”), Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions. »
- Jeff Sneider
Remember the butterfly feelings you got the first time you saw Mr Darcy – aka Colin Firth – dive into the lake at Pemberley and emerge on the other side, all wet and troubled in the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? If no goofy smile creeps over your face, this crazy comedy will have no bearing on you whatsoever – or, you’re a straight male who had to endure the sighs of another while watching this iconic moment of dreaminess in the 1995 TV mini-series.
Austenland tenderly mocks the avid Austen fan in a harmless, frivolous and screwball manner. It’s adapted by Gentlemen Broncos and Nacho Libre writer Jerusha Hess and Austenland author Shannon Hale, thanks to funding by Twilight author-turned-film-producer Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films; the company’s aim being to translate authors’ works for the big screen. With Hess’s quirky comedic background and Meyer’s knowledge »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
★★☆☆☆ When you think of Jane Austen, the typical image that immediately springs to mind is of dashing gents emerging from lakes in billowing white shirts. However, in Jerusha Hess' Austenland (2013), the first-time director attempts to contemporise the queen of Georgian literature, blending Austen's dry wit with a nerdish charm. The film follows the fortunes of Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a thirtysomething obsessed with the eponymous Austen. In particular, she adores the writer's best-loved novel, Pride and Prejudice, hoping to one day find her very own Mr. Darcy - especially after hearing about an Austen-themed retreat.
On a whim, Jane decides to throw caution to the wind and spends all of her savings on what is guaranteed to be a life-changing trip. Once there, the bullish Mrs. Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour), lady of the picturesque stately home, drills her guests daily in a series of period-specific activities - ranging from archery »
- CineVue UK
Long before she directed the summer comedy The To Do List, Maggie Carey was a Division I soccer player at the University of Montana. That was back in the 1990s, when for the first time in her life, she had a female coach.
“It was really refreshing to see a woman in a leadership role and that kind of clicked with me – maybe there was something missing that I wasn’t aware of. And I think seven of the girls went on to coach,” Carey says.
Now, as a film director, Carey finds herself at the helm in a profession also historically dominated by men. »
- Laura Hertzfeld
It's been nine years since screenwriter Jerusha Hess introduced the world to the now cult classic "Napoleon Dynamite." Following the success and critical acclaim, she co-wrote two more features -- "Nacho Libre" and "Gentlemen Broncos" -- with her husband and writing partner Jared Hess. After this trio of "dude-centric" movies, she's making her directional debut with "Austenland," a movie that is positively for the ladies. Adapted from the novel by Shannon Hale, "Austenland" centers on a Jane Austen-obsessed woman (Keri Russell) who takes the trip of a lifetime to an Austen reenactment resort. Rounding out the cast are Jennifer Coolidge, Jj Feild, Bret McKenzie, James Callis, Georgia King and Jane Seymour. The film had its premiere at Sundance and is opening in theaters August 16. Indiewire recently sat down with Hess in New York to discuss "Austenland," its place on Jane Austen fan culture and what girls can learn about love from the film. »
- Madeline Raynor
Sony Pictures' Austenland has new 7 fresh clips for the comedy romance starring Keri Russell, Jj Field, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Georgia King, James Callis, Jane Seymour and Ricky Whittle. Written and directed by Jerusha Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite), Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, singe Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. »
Feature James Clayton 12 Jul 2013 - 05:42
I like Guillermo del Toro. I like kaiju monsters. I like robots and high-tech AI contraptions. I like it when giant robo-contraptions fight giant kaiju monsters for cinematic sci-fi fantasy battles (these occasions are too rare). Add 'em all together and it equals something awesome that's of great interest to me. I like Pacific Rim a lot.
At the time of writing I haven't seen the movie. I don't need to see it to know I love it. I haven't even watched a trailer or looked at any screenshots from the fresh rock'emsock'embuster aside from a few that decorated a single print feature article, and I only read that because it was written by the director himself. I'm trying to go in cold »
Here's the first trailer for Keri Russell's new comedy, Austenland. The movie is based on Shannon Hale's novel, and was adapted for the screen by Jerusha Hess, the wife of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre director Jared Hess. The movie premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and here's what Eli had to say about it in his review:
"Austenland is a cute comedy with an interesting premise. Mixing role playing actors and real lovelorn women can, as the movie states, 'become a complicated thing,' but it keeps your interest and keeps you laughing - even though the predictable twists don't always keep you guessing."
So it might be something worth eventually checking out. Here's the synopsis:
Jane’s life-size paper doll of Mr. Darcy and her “I Love Darcy” tote may be tattered, but even in her thirties, she hasn’t grown out of her obsession with all things Jane Austen. »
- Joey Paur
Before the Trailer, We Thought: Jane Austen 'superfans' signing up to relinquish all modern possessions and immerse themselves in an Austen reenactment boot camp? Sign us up. Or maybe we'll just watch (and laugh) at how it works out for Keri Russell's character in "Austenland," the feature debut of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre” co-writer Jerusha Hess. The comedy premiered at Sundance where it got picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. It opens August 16. And Now? We get a peek at her Mr. Darcy shrine of a bedroom. She even has a life-size cardboard cut-out of Colin Firth. We get an even more in depth look at the strict rules of Austenland. We get a delightful taste of Jennifer Coolidge's well-meaning but ditzy best friend character. And we get to see Russell start to shed her fangirl geekery and transform into a beautiful, poised Regency butterfly ready to snag a marriageable man. »
- Madeline Raynor
The goal of finding the perfect man seems to be the driving force for most run-of-the-mill romantic comedies, but it's given a bit of a twist in "Austenland," the feature debut of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre” co-writer Jerusha Hess. You see, the perfect man in this movie isn't exactly real but he is famous... he's Mr. Darcy, the heartthrob in Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice"... Really.... Based on the novel by Shannon Hall, the film is led by Keri Russell, and tells the story of an Austen/Darcy-obsessed young woman who travels to England to a full-blown theme park dedicated to the author, but of course, nothing is quite as she thought it would be. But naturally, the strings of romance are plucked and comedy and love ensues. It looks like a pretty cutesy, girls-night-out kinda flick with Russell doing her charming best. Full disclosure weren't too fond of it at Sundance, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As I compiled this list of musical scenes written or improvised by the actors who performed them, I quickly realized that I could never cover everything. The amount of music written by the actors in Christopher Guest films alone would more than double the size of this article. So I tried to limit myself to scenes and movies that I'd be able to give some fun insight on.
I literally got goosebumps rewatching some of these musical scenes. I hope you're inspired to give some of these movies a whirl in the DVD/Blu-ray player afterwards with a new sense of appreciation for the work that went into these musical moments.
The Return of The King (2003) - "The Edge of Night"
- Eli Reyes
The film will tell the true story of four Southerners who stole $17 million from an armed Loomis Fargo truck in 1997. It's based on the book, Heist!: The $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft, by Jeff Diamant.
Loomis Fargo sounds like it will make for a great film, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Here's a breakdown of the story from the book:
The audacity of the act was breathtaking.
On October 5, 1997, FBI agents gathered at the Loomis, Fargo & Co. warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, to watch a security videotape »
- Joey Paur
The as-yet untitled up-coming project (previously known as Loomis Fargo) from director Jared Hess has announced it’s two leading men today. The comedy pairing of Owen Wilson and Jim Carrey will be teaming up for the heist flick; penned by Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. Hess has tested the comedic waters with Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre and this next project sees him working with two comedy greats who have never actually worked alongside each other before!
Here’s what we know about the plot so far: a disgruntled gun-wielding truck driver takes the chance of a lifetime and plans to rob $20 million from a bank vault to set him up for the life he’s always wanted. Unfortunately for him, once the deed is done, his fellow thieves turn on him leaving him stranded in Mexico while they enjoy the fruits of the heist. Sounds like someone is »
- Victoria Bull
Some time ago, Jim Carrey joined Loomis Fargo, the true story of four not-bright guys who successfully robbed a bank of $17 million. The now-untitled film has added Owen Wilson as one of the foursome. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) is directing, Lorne Michaels is producing, and the original screenplay came from Up All Night creator and onetime SNL staff writer Emily Spivey. (It also received a Danny McBride/Jody Hill rewrite.) In other Carrey-adjacent news, the Dumb and Dumber sequel is still probably never happening. »
- Zach Dionne
Owen Wilson, who appears in this past weekend's The Internship , is set to star opposite Jim Carrey in the Relativity Media action comedy formerly titled Loomis Fargo , Deadline reports. The project, directed by Jared Hess ( Napoleon Dynamite , Nacho Libre ), is based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey ( Up All Night ) and written by Chris Bowman ( The Wrong Brother ) and Hubbel Palmer ( Humble Pie ). Inspired by true events, Loomis Fargo tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who is ready to take a chance and risk it all for love, money, and a life he's only dreamed of. Teaming up with his work crush, they conspire to rob the financial institution. Together with their accomplices, the inexperienced criminals nab nearly $20 million - leaving a trail of evidence »
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