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- Today’s Top Ten looks at the best director/actor pairings of the year. More specifically, we are looking at directors and actors who have continued to foster their relationship over the years in the cinematic field - providing us viewers with examples of magical collaborations on screen. I could cite at least 250 other significant relationships of the sort from the past 9 decades of film history, everyone from Dietrich and von Sternberg, Fellini and wife Giulietta Masina, Hitchcock and his slew of muses aka leading ladies, Bergman and Ullmann, Antonioni and Monica Vitti and to Scorsese and DeNiro or Scorsese and DiCaprio. Note sequels and trilogies were not taken into consideration. Enjoy the list!10. Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen The first met in the late 90’s when Seth Rogen was one among many actors starring in the short-lived NBC television series called Freaks and Geeks. Flash forward to 2005, and »
Plot: By the team that brought you the comedy “Talladega Nights” comes the story of singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), who leads a hard life, has ups and downs trying to survive in the music industry, and reinvents himself many times over. Who’s it for: If you like your comedy wacky and without boundaries, you will definitely have fun with this film. It’s definitely not for the kids though, with sex, drugs and violence being the center of the jokes. Expectations: I really liked “Walk the Line” and “Ray” and as soon as I heard about “Walk Hard” I thought this could be a great satire. Plus, giving John C. Reilly his first starring role with Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up”) as the screenwriter, I »
17 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lending its imprimatur to the tradition of the year-end 10-best list on Sunday, the American Film Institute announced its eighth annual list of the 10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of 2007.
The films earning the AFI's seal of approval are Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Into the Wild, Juno, Knocked Up, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Ratatouille, The Savages and There Will Be Blood.
The awards are reserved for narrative features with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States, although the films need not be presented in English as was the case with the French-language Diving Bell.
The designated TV programs are Dexter, Everybody Hates Chris, Friday Night Lights, Longford, Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, The Sopranos, Tell Me You Love Me, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. Dexter and Friday Night Lights also earned a spot on the AFI's 2006 list.
The awards, which will be officially presented at a luncheon on Jan. 11 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, recognize the entire creative ensemble behind each film or TV show.
For the second consecutive year, Hewlett-Packard, which sponsors the awards, has created 20 scholarships, one for each honoree, to the AFI Conservatory. »
17 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After a barrage of downer movies filled with gore, war and other bleak subject matter, finally there's a holiday release that's all about making spirits bright.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a pitch-perfect musical comedy that at long last moves the talented John C. Reilly up the billing ladder from second banana to top banana.
Sprinting through the decades like Forrest Gump with a gee-tar, Reilly's blissfully oblivious Dewey Cox and the Jake Kasdan film (co-written with some guy called Judd Apatow) is just plain, undemanding fun.
Along the way it takes playful jabs at familiar music biopics, especially Walk the Line, against a soundtrack of terrific original tunes that channel everyone from Johnny and June, Roy Orbison and Dylan to the Beatles and beyond.
The unmistakably adult-oriented results -- this is one comedy that really earns its R rating -- will nevertheless play to a wide-reaching demographic from the younger-skewing fans of Apatow's summer treats Knocked Up and Superbad to boomers who will get a kick out of all those '60s and '70s pop culture references.
Audiences should find themselves laughing hard well into the new year.
Utilizing that familiar screen bio bookend device of starting just before the end and then flashing all the way back to the central character's earliest memories, Walk Hard dutifully traces Dewey's formative years as a young boy (Conner Rayburn) growing up poor in '40s-era Springberry, Ala.
The fateful die is cast one day when Dewey accidentally cuts his older brother, Nate (Chip Hormess), in half real bad while play-dueling with their dad's collectible machetes.
With the family physician unable to save Nate, declaring it "a particularly bad case of somebody being cut in half," the already guilt-ridden Dewey will forever be reminded by his father (Raymond J. Barry) that the wrong son died.
Determined to make something of himself, Dewey, who discovers an aptitude for playing a mean blues guitar, later puts a band together along with drug-dabbling drummer Sam (never funnier Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows), bass player Theo (Chris Parnell) and guitarist Dave Matt Besser), ultimately impressing the suits at Planet Record studios (a trio of Hasidic Jews, played by Harold Ramis, Phil Rosenthal and Martin Starr) with their signature song, Walk Hard.
Soon Dewey and the boys are cranking out hit records as fast as his wife, Edith (Kirsten Wiig), is popping out babies, but life yields its share of temptations, most notably in the form of the lovely Darlene (Jenna Fischer of The Office), his virtuous new backup singer.
Along the way, Dewey gets swept up in the protest movement (taking up the cause of women and midgets), '60s psychedelia (meeting up with the Beatles in India, with an unbilled Paul Rudd and Jack Black respectively playing a bickering Lennon and McCartney), Brian Wilson-style excess and, ultimately, redemption.
While this type of parody can be hard to sustain, director and co-writer Kasdan, who demonstrated a nice satiric touch with The TV Set, keeps things humming along quite efficiently.
Granted, there's a bit of a lull in the middle -- one too many rehab sequences -- but Walk Hard quickly gets back up to speed, propelled by Reilly's fearless, tour-de-farce performance, not to mention those wacky cameos: Frankie Muniz as Buddy Holly? Jack White as Elvis? Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Jewel, Ghostface Killah and Eddie Vedder as themselves?
Add in those Christopher Guest-worthy song parodies contributed by composer Mike Andrews, Dan Bern, Mike Viola ("That Thing You Do!") and even the legendary Van Dyke Parks, and you've got yourself a holiday Walk that's refreshingly on the wild side.
WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
Columbia presents in association with Relativity Media
a Nominated Films production
Director: Jake Kasdan
Screenwriters: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan
Executive producer: Lew Morton
Director of photography: Uta Briesewitz
Production designer: Jefferson D. Sage
Music: Michael Andrews
Music supervisors: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe
Costume designer: Debra McGuire
Editors: Tara Timpone, Steve Welch
Dewey Cox: John C. Reilly
Darlene Madison Cox: Jenna Fischer
Sam: Tim Meadows
Edith Cox: Kirsten Wiig
Pa Cox: Raymond J. Barry
L'Chai'm: Harold Ramis
Ma Cox: Margo Martindale
Theo: Chris Parnell
Dave: Matt Besser
Schwartzberg: David Krumholtz
Running time -- 96 minutes
MPAA rating: R
14 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
List of nominees
'Massive sweep' for Focus
'Damages' leads TV pack
Strike curbs enthusiasm
"Atonement", the tony British drama of love, lies and war, led the pack with seven nominations -- including best drama and acting noms for its two leads, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy -- as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Thursday morning announced its nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes.
"Charlie Wilson's War", a comic look at the roots of the U.S.' involvement in Afghanistan, followed with five nominations, including best comedy or musical.
On the TV side, the top contenders with four nominations apiece are the FX dramatic series "Damages", which revolves around a lethal legal case, and the HBO telefilm "Longford", which looked at a crime and its punishment in Great Britain. NBC's comedy "30 Rock", HBO's "Entourage" and ABC's freshman entry "Pushing Daisies" both scored three noms, as did the HBO telefilm "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee".
But this year's wide-open film awards season didn't get much narrower as a result of the Globe nominations as the HFPA chose to include a whopping seven films in its best drama category. In addition to "Atonement", the crowded list includes several looks at criminal behavior, "American Gangster", "Eastern Promises" and "No Country for Old Men"; two very different takes on American business, the oil-struck "There Will Be Blood" and "Michael Clayton", with its corporate intrigue; and the inspirational college drama "The Great Debaters". According to the HFPA, the expanded category came about because three films tied for fifth place.
That should make the competition for prime tables even tougher when the Globes ceremony, broadcast live by NBC, is held Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton.
In the case of the best comedy or musical category, the HFPA was a little more selective, nominating three musicals -- the Beatles-inspired "Across the Universe", the '60s-inflected "Hairspray" and the bloody "Sweeney Todd" -- along with two comedy-dramas, "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Juno", a wry look at an unexpected teen pregnancy.
With just five nominations in the best directing category, the contest suddenly got fiercer. On the dramatic side, brother filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for "No Country" along with Ridley Scott for "Gangster" and Joe Wright for "Atonement". The only director with a film from the musical category is "Sweeney Todd"'s Tim Burton. The fifth nominee is Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which also was nominated for best screenplay and best foreign-language film.
Cate Blanchett scored a double-header, picking up a best dramatic actress nom for her regal turn in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and supporting actress recognition for her Dylanesque performance in "I'm Not There". With best dramatic actor and supporting actor noms for, respectively, "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War", Philip Seymour Hoffman was much in evidence. Clint Eastwood, though he didn't appear on film this year, also earned two nominations for his score and song for "Grace Is Gone", the study of an Iraq War widower.
Still, for all their largesse, the 82 voting members of the HFPA ignored several possible nominees. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" was left out in the cold, save for score and song nominations. "Knocked Up" and "Superbad", which were both critical and commercial hits, also got the cold shoulder. Laura Linney, who stars with Hoffman in "Savages", wasn't awarded a nomination like her co-star. Tommy Lee Jones, lauded by critics for performances in both "In the Valley of Elah" and "No Country" wasn't mentioned. And the 3-D "Beowulf" didn't make an appearance in the Globe's new animated feature category, which encompasses just "Bee Movie", "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie".
With co-productions figuring prominently on both the studio and indie fronts, there were plenty of bragging rights to go around. »
Actress Katherine Heigl has defended labeling her smash hit movie Knocked Up "sexist," insisting the comedy was the "best filming experience of my career". The film, in which Heigl plays a TV journalist who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with Seth Rogen's unemployed slob, was a massive hit earlier this year and helped Heigl's earnings jump from $300,000 to $6 million per picture. But in a recent interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Heigl said, "It's a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It was hard for me to love the movie." And Heigl has now come forward to clarify the context in which she was quoted. She tells website People.com, "It's important to me to take a minute and clarify the quote about Knocked Up in Vanity Fair. I was responding to previous reviews about the movie the interviewer brought to my attention. My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it's a broad comedy. Although I stand behind my opinion, I'm disheartened that it has become the focus of my experience with the movie. The truth is, it was the best filming experience of my career. Every person that was a part of making Knocked Up helped to encourage, support and inspire me. I never intended for anyone to think otherwise." »
5 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Director-writer-producer Judd Apatow will be honored with the ICG Publicists' motion picture showmanship award, officials said Tuesday.
"Judd Apatow is one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business," said Henri Bollinger, awards committee chairman. "He has been closely associated with many of the biggest comedy films as well as among the most critically acclaimed films in recent years."
30 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Amid the rush to announce year-end film and TV nominees, the Los Angeles-based International Press Academy has nominated The Lookout, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Away From Her, Eastern Promises, No Country for Old Men and 3:10 to Yuma as best motion picture drama for the group's 12th annual Satellite Awards.
Because the IPA had a voting deadline of Nov. 20, a number of prominent films, which have just begun screening for the media this week, did not figure in its choices. For best comedy or musical, the group nominated Hairspray, Juno, Shoot 'Em Up, Lars and the Real Girl, Knocked Up and Margot at the Wedding.
In all, the IPA offered nominations in 34 film and TV categories, six DVD categories and four game categories.
It announced several special achievement awards, which included Mad Men, best TV ensemble; Before the Devil, best film ensemble; and Julian Schnabel, director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, auteur award.
Winners will be announced Dec. 16 at awards ceremonies at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. »
Former Friends star Matthew Perry is to play a grown up version of High School Musical's Zac Efron in a new body-swapping comedy. In Seventeen, Perry will play a father who becomes a teenager overnight - and turns into Efron. Knocked Up star Leslie Mann will take on the role of Perry's confused wife. »
16 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
NEW YORK -- Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks and Jason Mewes have signed on to star in writer-director Kevin Smith's raunchy new comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno for the Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films.
Producer Scott Mosier's feature casts Rogen and Banks in the title roles, childhood friends who ask their buddies to make a porno to get them out of debt. Soon everyone begins having sex with everyone, leading the previously platonic Zack and Miri to re-evaluate their chaste relationship. Longtime Smith ensemble player Mewes (Dogma) plays a supporting role.
"Getting Seth in this flick is like suddenly growing an extra six inches in the crotch," said Smith, who wrote the role especially for Rogen. "And as if that wasn't awesome enough, we scored the comedically and aesthetically gifted Elizabeth, too." »
24 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Mann will play Scarlett, the wife of the adult character played by Efron.
17 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
FunnyOrDie.com is adding writer-director Judd Apatow as a partner.
FunnyOrDie has worked with Apatow onscreen; he played himself in clips purporting to feature behind-the-scenes conflicts on the set of Knocked Up, in which Apatow berates a series of uncooperative actors.
The injection of new comedic energy makes good on FunnyOrDie's stated intention to expand the site's creative contributors. Since exploding onto the scene in April with the viral video The Landlord, FunnyOrDie has seen its traffic steadily taper off in the ensuing months. In September, the site attracted 1.4 million unique visitors, according to ComScore Media Metrix, up from nearly 900,000 the previous month.
In a video posted Tuesday to FunnyOrDie to introduce the partnership (posted below), the trio joke about introducing porn to the site. »
10 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Related story: 'Yuma' remake O.K. at boxoffice corral
Handily outdrawing an eclectic mix of fading holdovers and early fall newcomers, "The Bourne Ultimatum" reclaimed its No. 1 spot on the international circuit during the weekend with an estimated $16.5 million from 3,660 screens in 37 markets.
The espionage thriller starring Matt Damon hiked its overseas gross to $98.8 million, and distributor Universal International predicts that the total will exceed $100 million by Monday. The film's worldwide tally stands at $308.9 million.
"Bourne", which topped the overseas charts on the weekends ending Aug. 19 and Aug. 26, opened in the No. 1 spot in each of five new markets, including Germany (an estimated $5 million at 702 screens), Austria ($850,000 from 91 dates) and Mexico ($1.5 million from 376 spots). It easily outpaced the comparable gross figures in these territories recorded by the first two series titles, "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy".
In Australia, "Bourne" was in first place for the second consecutive weekend, with $3.1 million from 246 screens, for an 11-day cume of $9.9 million. It placed No. 3 in its fourth U.K. frame with an estimated $2.2 million from 444 situations for a 24-day total of $40 million. In all, Universal during the weekend placed three titles in the U.K.'s top four ("Atonement", "Bourne" and "Knocked Up"), taking a 50% market share.
Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille" came in second for the weekend with an estimated $8.5 million yield from $2,809 screens in 34 markets, bringing its international total to $200.9 million. The animated title became Disney's 25th to cross the $200 million mark overseas and the 18th to gross more than $400 million worldwide (its global gross is $403 million). »
27 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Universal International's The Bourne Ultimatum finished No. 1 on the international circuit over the weekend, grossing an estimated $14.4 million from 2,100 screens in 25 territories. The film's overseas total stands at $55 million, and its worldwide tally is $240.1 million.
It is actually the second consecutive weekend in which the action sequel starring Matt Damon has topped the overseas charts. Revised final figures released Sunday by Universal International show that Bourne belatedly emerged as the No. 1 title for the weekend ending Aug. 19, outgrossing the previously declared winner, The Simpsons Movie, $22.6 million to $22.3 million.
For the weekend ending Aug. 12, Simpsons and Warner Bros. International's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tied for No. 1 with $24.1 million each when all numbers were counted by WBI.
Tied for second place during this past weekend -- with estimated tallies of $11.6 million each -- were Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille and 20th Century Fox International's Simpsons, which played 6,500 screens in 52 markets and lifted its international total to $290 million.
Finishing No. 3 was Phoenix, which grossed an estimated $10.5 million from about 5,400 screens in 58 markets.
The overseas gross total Phoenix has accumulated over seven weekends stands at $613.3 million, putting the latest Potter ahead of the two previous titles in the series: 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($606 million) and 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($546 million). WBI said the latest Potter is "nearly on par" with 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($617 million).
No. 4 on the weekend was Universal International's Knocked Up, grossing an estimated $7 million from 1,628 screens in 19 markets and lifting its international total to $25.6 million. »
19 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Judd Apatow comedy combine has struck again. Sony Pictures' rude, R-rated teen sex comedy "Superbad" burst out of the starting gate Friday, grossing an estimated $12.2 million in 2,948 theaters. Following in the wake of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up", which Apatow directed, the new film that he served on as producer looks as if it will exceed initial expectations for the weekend, grossing in the high $20 million range, possibly even hitting the $30 million mark.
The weekend's other two wide arrivals, however, hardly created a ripple at the boxoffice.
Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Invasion", the latest remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and officially directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, debuted in fourth place with a weak, estimated $2 million.
The Weinstein Co.'s "The Last Legion", a twilight-of-the-Roman-Empire action pic directed by Doug Lefler and produced by Dino De Laurentiis Prods., finished outside of the top 10 with a meager estimated tally of $883,000. »
17 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Does summer 2007 have room for just one more breakout hit? As an overheated summer season draws to a close in North America, Sony Pictures is betting that it can eke out yet one more chart topper with the new R-rated teen sex comedy "Superbad".
By contrast, the weekend's other new wide arrivals -- Warner Bros. Pictures' sci-fi remake "The Invasion" and the Weinstein Co.'s fall-of-the-Roman-Empire actioner "The Last Legion" -- are shaping up more like traditional, late-summer entries, which aren't expected to burn up the boxoffice.
While "Superbad" has taken its time in building awareness, the film comes from the comedy machine surrounding writer-director Judd Apatow, who already knocked one out of the park with this summer's $147 million grossing "Knocked Up". On "Superbad", Apatow serves as one of the producers. Additionally, Seth Rogen, who starred opposite Katherine Heigl in "Knocked Up", penned the screenplay along with Evan Goldberg.
"Superbad" stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as high school buddies bent on sampling that good ol' American Pie. Although neither are household names, their mugs are hovering on the periphery of fame -- Hill has had supporting roles in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Evan Almighty" and "Rocket Science", while Cera appeared on Fox's "Arrested Development". Directed by Greg Mottola (who made his directorial debut with 1996's "The Daytrippers"), the film traffics in the same raunchy terrain as "Knocked Up", though it is not expected to scale the same boxoffice heights. »
Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse don’t know where they had dinner last night. Really, the last few weeks are a blur. For the stars of the movie “Superbad,” the high school comedy about friends, parties and foul language, it’s been a wild ride. They’ve appeared on Letterman, traveled across the country and, in September, they’ll be in Europe promoting the film. Hill, of “Knocked Up” fame, is the oldest at 23 and definitely seems to be the leader of the three. Mintz-Plasse, who steals the show in “Superbad” as McLovin, is a first-time actor. And Cera is best known as George Michael from “Arrested Development.” I sat down with the three on a rooftop in Wrigleyville. Three other reporters joined and we talked about everything from Comic-Con to Seth Rogen »
- Jeff Bayer
- The jury composed of Walter Carvalho, Saverio Costanzo, Irène Jacob, Jia Zhang-ke, Romuald Karmakar and Bruno Todeschini gave out a bunch of leopards on the weekend. Masahiro Kobayashi (see pic above) won the Golden Leopard for his film Ai no yokan (The Rebirth). Best Director was awarded to Capitaine Achab by Philippe Ramos (France) and the Special Jury Prize went to Memories (Jeonju Digital Project 2007) by Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki and Eugène Green. Spanish actress Carmen Maura and the French actor Michel Piccoli both received an Excellence Award (Michel Piccoli also received the prize for best actor in Sous les toits de Paris, joint winner was Michele Venitucci in Fuori dalle corde). And finally (and not surprisingly), Death at a Funeral (the Brit comedy by Frank Oz) won the audience award – this making it the 5th or 6th time that it has walked away from an international festival with such honors. »
Actor Seth Rogen is in awe of British funnyman Simon Pegg - because he can't believe how good his movie Shaun Of The Dead is. The Knocked Up comedian had a similar movie idea to Pegg's 2004 zombie comedy, but was pleasantly surprised when he found out he had been beaten to the big screen by the Hot Fuzz star. He says, "When I first saw Shaun Of The Dead, I thought, 'F**k! F**k those guys!' I'd been thinking of writing a zombie movie about two dudes, and then that came along. I couldn't believe it! Not only are these guys quicker, they're better than me, too!" »
Jeong, who made his feature film debut in the summer hit Knocked Up, will play Angus, a news producer for CNN who travels with Steve (Cooper) and the rest of the crew.
Fox 2000's Maria Faillace is shepherding the project for the studio.
Jeong, known as Dr. Ken, is an M.D. and veteran stand-up comedian whose credits include The Office, Entourage Boston Legal and The Shield. He recently wrapped a supporting role in The Pineapple Express, produced by Judd Apatow and starring Seth Rogen. »
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