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Disney has kicked off production on Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic.
The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.
Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.
Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, »
- Michelle McCue
Disney has kicked off production on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst's 1972 illustrated children's classic. The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits theaters nationwide on October 10, 2014.
Steve Carell (The Way, Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine, the forthcoming Foxcatcher) and Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Juno) star as Alexander's upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (Lost, the upcoming Prisoners) as Alexander's older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV's Ray Donovan, »
Hilary Swank is pleased that cable TV continues to give her movies such strong afterlives.
This month alone, the Cinemax channels are running both of the dramas that earned her Academy Awards for best actress -- "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby" -- and also are featuring her as part of the huge ensemble cast of the comedy "New Year's Eve."
And that's hardly all: Swank also is evident in March showings of "Freedom Writers" (which she also executive-produced) on MTV, "The Core" on IFC, "The Next Karate Kid" on Encore Family, and her pre-Oscars TV movie "Terror in the Family" on The Movie Channel Extra.
"I appreciate all the opportunities I've had," Swank tells Zap2it, "from my early television work until now. Some of that television work might not be the most astute material, but they were great chances for me to grow and to learn as an actor. »
A source tells People magazine that the couple has quietly been working on their relationship in recent months and have ended the separation. "They love each other -- always have and always will," the source, identified as "a friend of the couple," is quoted as saying.
Pics: A-List Couples Kissing!
The couple worked together on the classic sitcom Taxi (1978-1983) and appeared onscreen in the 1996 comedy film Matilda. In 1992, the pair founded Jersey Films, a production company behind many movie hits including Pulp Fiction, Garden State, Erin Brockovich and Freedom Writers.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Though this adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s praised novel is sure to earn instant comparisons to the inconceivably popular Twilight franchise, Beautiful Creatures is in fact a far gamier slice of teen pulp, steeped less in punishing self-seriousness, and presenting characters – specifically a potent female role model – who audiences can root for.
Director Richard Lagravenese (Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You) probably could have shot this material through with the minimum effort and made a modest success out of it because, frankly, there’s definitely one way to make a very boring and familiar version of this film.
The story, of a misfit, Lena (Alice Englert), who arrives in a sleepy southern American town and finds herself torn between the supernatural forces within her and the love of the new boy in her life, Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), more than echoes the narrative of Stephenie Meyer’s vampiric romance, »
- Shaun Munro
Beautiful Creatures, from director Richard Lagravenese (Freedom Writers), is the latest project attempting to conjure box office success in the highly-profitable supernatural romance genre. The source material story of the same name is part one of four installments in the Caster Chronicles (followed by Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption) - a young adult book series from co-authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl about magical beings known as “Casters” locked in a struggle between light and dark.
At first glance, some viewers will no doubt dismiss Beautiful Creatures as Twilight with witches but just because a film includes supernatural elements and a romantic subplot doesn’t outright mean that it can’t deliver an entertaining moviegoing experience for fans outside of its core audience. Does Lagravenese present a movie with enough slick effects, intriguing characters, and worthwhile drama ...
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- Ben Kendrick
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