8 items from 2013
For about five years now there's been a script waiting to be produced called Winter's Discontent. The adult comedy has been described as follows: When Herb Winter's wife of fifty years dies, the faithful but sexually frustrated widower moves into a retirement community to start living the swinging single life. Last we heard back in 2009, Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles was on board the project written by first-timer Paul Fruchbom and featured on last year's Black List. But now Deadline has word that In & Out and Death at a Funeral director Frank Oz is at the helm with Billy Crystal attached to lead the comedy. This is exactly the kind of project Crystal needs to reinvigorate his big screen career. The star of such favorites as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers and The Princess Bride has only had Monsters Inc. to keep him relevant. Last year's abysmal »
- Ethan Anderton
How do you get two of cinema’s seminal leading ladies into a car together? Throw some Oscar bait on the backseat. At least, that’s what it looks like from watching the first trailer for August: Osage County. You can check it out below.
An ensemble drama, the film is based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts and directed by John Wells. Letts, who also penned the screenplay, bagged the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 for the original stage outing. Coming from a background already rooted in accolade, the screen adaptation will undoubtedly capture the Academy’s eye. The subject matter is perfect for nods too.
Just looking at the cast attached is like reading an Oscar nominee shortlist. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard and Dermot Mulroney are just some of the starring talent. »
- Gem Seddon
Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington star in Tina Gordon Chism's Peeples. Catch new videos from the comedy also with David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler Williams, Melvin Van Peebles and Diahann Carroll, which opens via Lionsgate on May 10th, 2013. Chism directs and helms the film produced by Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu, Paul Hall and Stephanie Allain. In my opinion, this is way too much like Universal's Meet the Parents and its sequels, starring Ben Stiller. It's like the remake of Death at a Funeral - unnecessary. Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is »
Anghus Houvouras wonders whether there's such a thing as a respectful remake...
Between the release of the Evil Dead remake and the Flickering Myth Reaction to the Carrie trailer, I've spent a lot of time this week considering remakes and weighing their worth.
Fundamentally, I've never been a fan of remakes. So many of them are unnecessary and pointless endeavors. Unoriginal and uninspired efforts that do little to improve upon the original. Not every remake is a travesty. Every so often you find a nugget of gold among the pile of cinematic dirt. Something like David Cronenberg's The Fly or John Carpenter's The Thing. Unfortunately you have to dig through garbage like Clash of the Titans, Straw Dogs, Last House on the Left, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, or The Fog, or The Stepford Wives, or Poseidon, or Arthur starring Russell Brand... I think you see where I'm going. »
- Flickering Myth
A "Game of Thrones" star is heading from Westeros to the world of mutants. Peter Dinklage, a man best known to fans as Tyrion Lannister, has been cast in an undisclosed role in the new movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
"Officially like to welcome #PeterDinklage from #GameOfThrones to #Xmen #DaysofFuturePast Very very excited!" director Bryan Singer tweeted.
Dinklage is a rare new actor to join the cast of the film. Thus far the cast of the movie includes returning "X-Men: First Class" actors James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, as well as original actors Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.
"Days of Future Past," based on the early-'80s comic book story, will alternate between a 20th century world featuring the "First Class" cast and a nightmare version of the early 21st century featuring the older versions of Xavier and Magneto. »
Game of Thrones badass Peter Dinklage is the latest name to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Singer is pretty active on Twitter revealing plenty about Days of Future Past and now he has also tweeted (below) this exciting piece of casting. The Death at a Funeral star will join the ensemble alongside Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and more. The responses to Singer’s tweet tell us that Dinklage will likely play Puck, a mutant from the Canadian super hero group Alpha Flight of which Wolverine was a »
- Nick Martin
"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage is the latest name to join the ever-growing cast of Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past . Singer himself posted the news to his Twitter feed this evening. "Officially like to welcome #PeterDinklage from #GameOfThrones to #Xmen #DaysofFuturePast Very very excited!" Singer writes. Although Dinklage's character has not yet been confirmed, the Death at a Funeral star has long since been a fan-favorite to play Puck, a dwarf member of Canada's mutant team, Alpha Flight. X-Men: Days of Future Past features a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne's comic book storyline that ran in "Uncanny X-Men" #141 and 142 back in 1981. "Days of Future Past" »
Over the last decade or so, a particular trend in Hollywood has arisen: taking a beloved British comedy and Americanizing it. It’s happened to Bedazzled, The Ladykillers and Last Holiday. In the cases of Bedazzled and Last Holiday, major roles were changed from male to female. All three films were updated and modernized to give a more “hip” take on the material. But the reviews were mixed at best. More recent British comedies are not immune to this trend either, as evidenced by the remake of Death at a Funeral.
Maybe there’s just something about British comedy that makes it difficult to be successfully Americanized. That’s why so many American versions of British sitcoms fail and shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son and The Office are the exception, not the rule.
As a lifelong fan of British comedy films, there are some that I »
- Thomas Ahearn
8 items from 2013
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