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★★★☆☆Just as Miranda Priestly admonishes her assistant Andy at the end of The Devil Wears Prada (2006), it seems that everybody does indeed want "to be like us". However, if you can't afford the lifestyle of a fashion mag editor, the next best thing it seems is to live it vicariously through films like Matthew Miele's Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013). Films such as Lagerfeld Confidential (2007) have lain bare the lives of the people who clothe the elite (in that case Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld), whilst The September Issue (2009) and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) have shown us where dreams come from.
- CineVue UK
Ever wonder what the fashion world's really like, how the Pyramid builders slaked their thirst, or what it's like to work as a junk hauler? Our staffers are finding out. Let us know what you think of the books they're engrossed in - and tell us what you're reading.Taylor Bryant, StyleWatch Reporter Her Pick: The Asylum by Simon Doonan This collection of autobiographical essays is a love letter from Barneys creative ambassador Doonan (known for those insanely beautiful window designs) to the fashion industry. From how he got started to the time he saw a ceiling fall on Anna Wintour »
Female villains in the movies can usually be placed into two categories; the mentally deranged psychopath and the provocative seductress. This isn’t always the case of course, but it’s a fairly accurate basis to draw on. In honour of the nasty and glamorous sorceress Mizuki in 47 Ronin – the samurai epic out this December starring Keanu Reeves – we’ve reminisced on our favourite on-screen feminine scoundrels in cinema history. Mizuki has a tendency to turn into a dragon and go on rants about corpses and rivers of blood. In this list she joins the conniving, the insane, the alluring and the devilishly sexy. They’re all here, and we just love to hate them.
Mizuki – 47 Ronin (2013 Dir. Carl Rinsch)
Best Line: “Mountains of corpses will not stand in our way”
Morally dubious on the largest possible scale, this shape-shifting witch in upcoming action-fantasy epic 47 Ronin has the ability to »
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
Given the packed schedule of movies in December/January, it.s not surprising that distributors unloaded a bunch of short-run films last weekend, including One Chance, Carrie, Magic Magic and Austenland.
Unsurprisingly, the dominant title was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which dropped by 46% in its second weekend, raking in $6.75 million, bringing its total to a lucrative $22.7 million.
The only other title to gross more than $1 million was Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which rustled up $1.1 million in its third frame (off 36%), propelling its total to a juicy $7.85 million.
One Chance tells the true story of Paul Potts, the shy, bullied shop assistant and amateur opera singer who won Britain's Got Talent. Directed by The Devil Wears Prada.s David Frankel, the movie musical bombed in the UK but the Australian opening was a bit more respectable at $706,000, released on a very wide 263 screens.
Carrie, Kimberly Peirce.s remake of the »
- Don Groves
New York, November 27: Meryl Streep has revealed that she been smoking and staying up late drinking red wine to prepare for her next role.
The 64-year-old American actress has been indulging in "a lot of smoking and bad posture and staying up late drinking red wine with Margo Martindale" to prepare for her role as a very badly behaved Oklahoma matriarch in 'August: Osage County', the New York Post reported.
'The Devil Wears Prada' actress was spotted with Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, director John Wells and writer Tracy Letts at the AMC Lincoln Square event. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
Paul Potts movie ‘One Chance’ wins 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award (photo: James Corden as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ hit Paul Potts looking at Brad Pitt photo in ‘One Chance’) Among the winners at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival (Sdff), which ran November 6-17, was David Frankel’s One Chance, the story of Paul Potts, a timid shop assistant and amateur opera singer who eventually topped "Britain’s Got Talent." James Corden plays Potts, while Julie Walters and Colm Meaney are his parents. Director Frankel’s best-known movies are The Devil Wears Prada (2006), which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Anne Hathaway’s style-conscious boss and nemesis, and the sentimental blockbuster Marley & Me (2008), toplining Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. A 2012 reunion with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, did only moderate business. This year’s Starz Denver »
- Anna Robinson
Movies about golf have been done before, and movies about children have also had their turn. But the two of them combined? The makers of “The Short Game” took on that challenge in their documentary, the first to be exclusively available through Netflix. At a Nov. 19 screening at the Soho House in West Hollywood, the filmmakers discussed their process, as well as how they dealt with their talent’s temper tantrums.
The doc follows a group of some of the most talented golfers in the world, all at the ripe ages of 6-8. Producer Rafael Marmor said that David Frankel, known for films including “Marley and Me” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” brought the subject to his attention because Frankel’s own young twins are involved in the world of youth golfing.
However, despite the joy of working with kids, there were plenty of challenges thrown their way.
“When kids lose at something, »
- Alex Stedman
The Drama Queen premiered Sunday night (Nov. 17) on E! and it was….well, just really rambunctious.
Now don’t construe this as good, people; The Drama Queen probably won’t become the next guilty pleasure reality kitsch it hopes to be (à la Keeping Up With the Kardashians). Instead, it tastes like too-sugary cotton candy or a very strong cocktail—difficult to digest and ultimately leaving you nauseated, dizzy and regretting every last bite.
This is partly due to the show throwing every reality show trick at viewers but the kitchen sink. The show is a caffeinated hybrid of Dance Moms, America’s Got Talent and The Devil Wears Prada. But when it comes to blending that critical blend of camp and vulnerability, The Drama Queen rests solely on the former. And the results are loud.
Too loud. Marki Costello, Hollywood royalty and Hbic of Creative Management Entertainment Group, »
- Christopher Rosa
"The Book Thief" might be flying under the Oscar radar, but it's still a gentle gem worth considering. True, it's old-fashioned and sentimental while contemplating the vicarious power of storytelling. But it's a unique Holocaust story told from a child's point of view as well as Death's (adapted from the best-seller by Markus Zusak). And that's what attracted Dp Florian Ballhaus, best known for comedy ("The Devil Wears Prada"), and the son of the great cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (who's worked with both Fassbinder and Scorsese). "I enjoyed how it dealt with innocence and guilt through the eyes of children and their everyday lives," Ballhaus says. "In a way it legitimizes the simplicity or the sense of brutality that is shown from a kid's point of view in that world." Directed by Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") with attention to innocence, Ballhaus insists that it was important not to be confined to one look. »
- Bill Desowitz
While the story’s lesson illustrates the power of the written word, the sentiment behind it defines the philosophy of one of Hollywood’s most successful executives, Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000.
“I believe in the power of writing and telling stories,” Gabler tells Variety.
In an era when the Hollywood majors are obsessed with producing prequels, sequels and comicbook adaptations, Gabler has, for the past 14 years, run the only studio division that’s largely devoted to bringing popular and often challenging literary properties such as “Life of Pi,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Water for Elephants” to the bigscreen. “The Book Thief,” which opened Nov. 8 in limited release, and will expand its run in the coming weeks, is Gabler’s latest test. »
- Andrew Stewart
Interesting thing about the movies I (we?) tend to watch again and again: They are often the most formulaic. I’ve seen The Devil Wears Prada, a tragicomedy about Anne Hathaway‘s bangs, more times than I recited the Nicene Creed in Sunday School, and that movie is almost Disney-esque in its adherence to familiar plotting. That’s just what I like in rewatchable cinema: a gentle retread of everything I understand to be a normal, comforting movie arc. Sigh. I want to pop corn just typing that.
Enter Strictly Ballroom, Baz Luhrmann‘s debut film that cannot hit you hard enough with “ugly duckling” movie tropes. If we judged this movie based on plot alone, we’d be hard-pressed to find anything resembling the unexpected. It even concludes with a triumphant dancefloor lift, a la Dirty Dancing. But what matters — and this goes for Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge »
- Louis Virtel
Writer and director Neil Labute has an interesting filmography ranging from The Shape of Things and The Wicker Man to Lakeview Terrace and the remake of Death at Funeral with Chris Rock. Now he seems to be getting back into territory reminiscent of his stage production days. Some Velvet Morning follows Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games) and Alive Eve (She's Out of My League, Star Trek Into Darkness) as they embark on a sexually tense game of cat and mouse after not seeing each other for four years. This looks extremely compelling, and seems to unfold in a confined timeframe and location. Here's the first trailer for Neil Labute's Some Velvet Morning, originally from Yahoo: Young and beautiful Velvet (Alice Eve) is enjoying a relaxing morning in her New York brownstone when Fred (Stanley Tucci) interrupts. With suitcase in tow, he enters the apartment with great expectation. »
- Ethan Anderton
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
Happy 53rd birthday to Stanley Tucci, who started out his career playing Italian-American tough guys but is probably best-known for his roles in nuttier Meryl Streep fare like The Devil Wears Prada and Julie and Julia, not to mention his Oscar-nominated turn in The Lovely Bones. He was also gay and jilted in Burlesque, which I hope you all remember.
And more importantly, I hope you remember he is so damn hot.
Here are my favorite five examples of his legendary hotness.
#1: This Levi’s ad where he is scorching.
2. Right here. Oh yes, right here. (I think it’s from his short-lived CBS series 3 lbs.)
3. This awesomely gaudy getup from Shall We Dance
4. This magazine cover, oh yes yes yes.
5. And oh yes, this still from Undercover Blues.
Happy 53 to Miranda Priestley’s unflappable second banana! What’s your choice for Tucci’s hottest act?
The post Happy Birthday To Stanley Tucci, »
- Louis Virtel
Jeff Stockwell has written the adaptation of the popular children’s novel.
“Edward Tulane,” published in 2006 by Candlewick Press, follows a vain china rabbit given to a 10-year-old girl in the 1930s who enjoys a pleasant life until falling overboard from the Queen Mary. He loses his vanity as he spends 297 days on the ocean floor until a storm frees him, leading to a succession of owners including a fisherman’s wife, a hobo and his dog and a girl with pneumonia.
- Dave McNary
The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close tonight, but not without some special discoveries to be seen. I was lucky enough to catch the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, and was glad I took a chance on Wolfskinder, a worthy nominee in the “New Directors Competition.” After hearing Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider joke about Dracula 3D at Cannes 2012, I finally got to witness its craptitude with my own eyes. Reviews for the films are below.
Working the festival beat, I also partook in some interviews ready in the near future, including chats with David Frankel (director of The Devil Wears Prada and now the Paul Potts biopic One Chance), and the Polsky Brothers for The Motel Life, starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch. If all goes right tomorrow, I will also have an interview with Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. »
- Nick Allen
The story of Carphone Warehouse manager turned international opera tenor Paul Potts is the subject of this feel-good drama from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel. James Corden proves inspirational casting as Potts, delivering a poignant performance as the working class youngster who overcame crippling shyness - and the thumbs down from Pavarotti himself - to persevere with his dream. Scene-stealing support comes from Mackenzie Crook as his loyal boss and buddy while Colm Meaney is the disappointed father who wanted him to follow his footsteps into the local steelworks. »
We are excited to announce the premiere of the new music video from One Chance with Taylor Swift. Watch as the pop country superstar sings 'Sweeter Than Fiction' against scenes from this Simon Cowell produced biopic about Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for Britain's Got Talent. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win Britain's Got Talent and the hearts of millions. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in "One Man, Two Guvnors," BAFTA winner James Corden stars as Paul Potts.
One Chance comes to theaters December 27th, »
Weinstein Co have released an exclusive Taylor Swift video from their upcoming One Chance comedy drama starring James Corden. This is a film I'm very keen on watching after following Paul Potts moving performance on Britain's Got Talent, a truly heartwarming experience. Also in the cast of of the film from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel, are Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook, James Corden, Simon Cowell, Jemima Rooper, Alexandra Roach, Kathryn Drysdale, Chris Cowlin and Alessandro De Marco. This is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win 'Britain’s Got Talent' and the hearts of millions. »
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