8 items from 2009
The Drive-In? Whoop-doo!Boos! & Whoop-doos!: A Decade of Glossy Schlock! The Aughts ushered in a new era of glossy schlock that rose quietly from the ashes of the once burgeoning Drive-In scene. The Drive-In Theater has always stood as a temple for exploitive, low-grade cinema. But by 1999, even the most popular of these late night playgrounds had crumbled to dust. They rose to prominence in the late forties and early fifties, and then experienced a quaint resurgence in the late 70s and early 80s. By the time this decade kicked off to shouts of "Y2K", they had all been wiped clean off the face of the Cineplex landscape. But their aura and mystic still lingered around many a DVD shelf like a ploom of stink bomb smoke. If there's one lasting remnant the Drive-In era gave us, it's the Z-grade flick. The second run feature whose only purpose »
As a country, our appetite for stars -- for gossip and photos and red carpet footage -- is greater than ever, but our willingness to shell out to see those stars in the movies for which they're supposedly known seems to have faded a bit. Take "Tenderness," a Russell Crowe thriller that got dumped into a single screen in New York last Friday by a studio who clearly didn't expect legions of Crowe fans to make any kind of larger release worthwhile.
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- Alison Willmore
By Wrap Staff
So why is their latest film, "Tenderness," getting released on exactly one screen on Friday?
The movie is adapted from Robert Cormier’s novel about a teenage girl (newcomer Sophie Traub) who takes off on a road trip with a psychotic young man (Jon Foster) who killed his parents and girlfriend on a medication binge. Crowe, as the cop who put the boy away, fears the girl will become the kid's next victim, so he follow »
- Lisa Horowitz
Eric Poole (Jon Foster) is a charming, attractive high school student with devout, domineering parents. Following an angry outburst from his mother upon her discovery of his promiscuity, Eric maliciously and violently murders both his mother and father.
Years later, Lori Cranston (Sophie Traub), an attractive and audacious young girl who has silently suffered years of sexual abuse from her mother’s revolving door of boyfriends, becomes mesmerized by Eric’s story. Undeterred by Eric’s murderous impulses, Lori flees her mother’s house to find him.
However, while Lori is attracted to Eric’s sinister mentality, Lt. Cristofuoro (Russell Crowe), the officer assigned to Eric’s case, is not convinced he won’t kill again. Cristofuoro goes after him, conflicted about his desire to help Eric – whom he knows has suffered tremendously – and, his knowledge of »
- Allan Ford
Laura Dern will be joining Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson and Jessica Alba in Little Fockers; part three of the series that began with Meet the Parents in 2000 and continued With Meet the Fockers in 2004.Dern will pay the headmistress of the elementary school that Gaylord and Pam's children attend, and that Stiller will no doubt burn down, or flood, or bring disaster to in some hilarious unforseen fashion. Sounds like a fun franchise outing for the actress, who has preferred to stay below the studio radar lately, with appearances in low-key fare like Tenderness and Year of the Dog. She won a Golden Globe for her performance in the TV movie Recount, but missed out on an oscar nomination for Inland Empire, despite David Lynch's high-profile campaign.No news yet on whether Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman are returning for Little Fockers. »
The pay cable network is developing a single-camera comedy to be written by the "School of Rock" scribe and star Dern as a formerly self-destructive woman who, after having a spiritual awakening, becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.
"There are so many dysfunctional types of characters populating cable television, and she is equally as dysfunctional as any of them," White said, "but her impulse is to get healthy, to make the world a better place even though it creates havoc."
HBO approached the actress about a deal. Dern was intrigued but wanted to commit only if she found the right material.
She turned for advice to White, with »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Cologne, Germany -- Swiss-based film group Ascot Elite Entertainment has acquired all rights in German-speaking territories for Steve McQueen's BAFTA Award-winning drama "Hunger" and Jon Foster's cop thriller "Tenderness," starring Russell Crowe.
The double pack follows a busy Berlin for Ascot, which picked up German rights to half a dozen titles at the European Film Market, including writer-director Julian Gilbey's upcoming action thriller "A Lonely Place to Die" starring Franka Potente; Korean creature feature "Chaw" from Jeong-won Shin; Sci-fi horror title "The Thaw" starring Val Kilmer; Jamie Thraves' "Cry of the Owl"; Gerald McMorrow's "Franklyn"; and soccer hooligan tale "The Firm," directed by Nick Love. »
- By Scott Roxborough
- Picked up by Lionsgate Films exactly two years ago, despite having an unsexy Russell Crowe in the lead, John Polson's Tenderness has been collecting dust and judging by the film's trailer below, it could be argued that this looks like straight to video fair than an improvement on Swimfan and Hide and Seek. Until now it hadn't seen the day of light having been showed solely in market festival screenings, but a recent submission to the MPAA board for ratings purposes and a world preem back in Sydney means we can expect this to hit theaters. Based on writer Emil Stern's adaptation of Robert Cormier's teen serial killer novel, set in New York State, the story centres on the release of juvenile murderer, Eric Poole, who at 18 is set free with an expunged record. Crowe’s character, the arresting detective Cristofuoro, is sure Poole is a serial killer who will reoffend, »
8 items from 2009
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