13 items from 2013
Keri Russell has been a shining light on TV thanks to Felicity and FX's The Americans, but she's never quite managed to catch fire on the big screen. Where Waitress should've provided her with a career springboard, it instead sent her into a series of thankless second-string wife or love interest parts. Russell's name sits above the title in new romantic comedy Austenland, but what a shame then that it's a huge waste of her considerable talents.
Based on Shannon Hale's chick lit novel, it follows an American singleton obsessed with all things Jane Austen who cobbles together her life savings to take a trip to an Austen-themed resort in the UK. Dress up, role play and comical British accents are the order of the »
Jane Austen fans, do not be afraid of "Austenland." With the 200th anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice" approaching, screenwriter-turned-director Jerusha Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") worked with novelist Shannon Hale to bring her book "Austenland" to the screen. This movie about a mousy Austen escapist who plunks her hard-earned money on a getaway to the English countryside where actors pretend to be part of a real-life Regency romance is hilarious. (No mobiles allowed.) And it functions as a sharply observed comedy of manners. Central to "Austenland"'s success is actress Keri Russell, who at 37 is having a fabulous year. She is in her prime, as Miss Jean Brodie would say. For one thing, the actress, who broke out in J.J. Abrams' "Felicity" in 1998, is fussy about the parts she does. This is why you're more likely to see her in a tiny indie than a big bad studio rom-com. She is »
- Anne Thompson
"I am single, because apparently the only good men are fictional." Though Keri Russell has been dealing with darker edgy material with appearances in films like Dark Skies and her FX series "The Americans," she took some time for another charming indie, not entirely unlike her alluring turn in Waitress from years ago. Austenland is a romantic comedy about a young woman obsessed with Jane Austen's seminal romance Pride & Prejudice, specifically, the leading man Mr. Darcy as brought to life by Colin Firth. Hoping for an escape, she heads to a getaway inspired by Austen's work, and just may find the man of her dreams. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Jerusha Hess' Austenland, originally from Yahoo: Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directs Austenland from a script he wrote with Shannon Hale, based on her own book of the same name. Thirtysomething, single Jane (Keri Russell) is obsessed with Mr. »
- Ethan Anderton
Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
Tribeca Film Institute has announced recipients of the 10th Annual Access Awards, which offers year-round support for burgeoning filmmakers and their incomplete projects. In the narrative category, the political drama "The Lobbyists," directed by Terence Nance ("An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"), took an All Access Creative Promise Awards. Nance's experimental "Oversimplification" played at Sundance last year, and won a Gotham Award. Chosen from 11 projects, this film will receive $10,000 in funding. Two documentary projects also nabbed Creative Promise Awards: Lyric R Cabral and David F Sutcliffe's "(T)error" -- about an FBI counterterrorism operation gone awry -- and Erik Parker's "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary about the rapper Nas. A number of grants were also doled out by Tfi, including the Adrienne Shelley Foundation Filmmaker Grant -- named after the late "Waitress" director and frequent Hal Hartley muse -- which supports women in film. Afia Nathaniel's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Happy Pi Day! It's that once-a-year occasion when the calendar aligns with the first three digits of the mathematical number and allows us to look back on pi (and pie) movies of all kinds. Waitress No numerical run-ons here, just lots of creative and delicious-looking pies. This Indie Spirit Award winner stars Keri Russell as a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep South who concocts various pies based on her emotions. If you're interested in baking one of them up, here are a few recipes. The Help Who could forget Minny's "Chocolate" Pie filled with a "special ingredient" from this Oscar-winning drama? Here's a highlight featuring a slice of pie you definitely don't want to eat. There are a few s-bombs in this uncensored...
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The upcoming film will be set 15 years later, in a world where mankind has been driven to the brink of extinction by the super-intelligent apes.
The human resistance movement grows in San Francisco, while Serkis's Caesar tries to maintain harmony in the apes' new world order.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will begin filming in the spring and is scheduled for release on May 23, 2014.
Watch a trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes below: »
Though actress Keri Russell launched her career with the TV series "Felicity," lately the star has taken kindly to much more adult fare like Waitress, Mission: Impossible, and Dark Skies this year. In addition, Russell is also leading the cold, and thrilling spy series "The Americans" on FX, but Variety reports she'll return to the big screen with the female lead in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes which has director Matthew Reeves (Let Me In) stepping in for Rupert Wyatt. Russell joins other new cast members like Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman, for the 2014 sequel. All we know so far is that the sequel will take place 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes with part of the film focusing on a group of human scientists trying to survive in San Francisco while the »
- Ethan Anderton
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News: Keri Russell is joining the cast of Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. She joins Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Gary Oldman in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The film is set to be released on May 23, 2014.
Thoughts by Tsr: Well, I guess this settles it. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is my new favorite movie. Sure, I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but just look at this cast! Last month we learned about the involvement of Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke. Clarke, Andy Serkis returning as Caesar, and Matt Reeves directing would have been enough for me. Then Gary Oldman joined the cast as leader of the human resistance, thus boosting my excitement even higher. Now we have Keri Russell’s casting to cement this as an »
- Shane T. Nier
In this weekend's "Dark Skies," Keri Russell plays a mother who battles relentless demons wreaking havoc inside her family's suburban home. On top of that, the deadly creatures possess their bodies and make them do some seriously unusual things. It's a far cry from Russell's days as a wholesome, sweet-faced member of the once popular "Mickey Mouse Club."
Yep, that's right. While everyone from Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have made the internet rounds with their oh-so-cute footage as singing, dancing kiddies on "The Mickey Mouse Club," Keri Russell somehow slipped under the radar when she made the shift to acting back in the '90s.
While her roles in indie films like "Waitress," or the big-budget action flick "Mission Impossible III," didn't put her triple-threat talent to good use, we found video to remind everyone just how skilled someone had to be in »
- Joanna Varikos
Now that Abu Nazir is dead and Nicholas Brody is wandering around Quebec at least until September, viewers need some new duplicitous characters to shake up our TV dramas, preferably ones operating on U.S. soil. The Americans, a Homeland-meets-The Wonder Years thriller premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX, gives us Elizabeth Jennings, mom, homemaker – and Kgb spy. A resolute Soviet officer living in 1981 Washington, D.C., Elizabeth has so successfully infiltrated Beltway suburbia with her impeccable accent and way around a brownie pan, even her FBI agent »
Another day at the Sundance Film Festival has passed and two more movies have sold (or are close to selling) with Jershua Hess' Austenland , produced by Stephenie Meyer of "Twilight" fame, going to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions (for release by Sony Pictures Classics), and the coming-of-age comedy The Way, Way Back , by Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, being picked up by Fox Searchlight. Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, Austenland stars Keri Russell, who starred in the Sundance hit Waitress , as Jane Hayes, a New Yorker who is obsessed with Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," particularly the BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. This leads to her visiting an English resort where Austen-crazed women can »
Keri Russell has another potential Sundance hit on her hands. Six years after the debut of her indie breakout "Waitress" at the 2007 edition of the Park City festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired "Austenland" (review), a comedy in which the actress stars as a "Pride and Prejudice"-obsessed woman who travels to a Jane Austen-themed resort to find the "perfect gentleman." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony acquired the Jerusha Hess-directed film for north of $4 million following a fierce bidding war. Based on the book by Shannon Hale (who co-scripted with Hess) and co-starring Jj Feild and Jennifer Coolidge, »
- HitFix Staff
13 items from 2013
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