8 items from 2015
We loved Al Pacino so much in his new film Danny Collins we’re forgiving him for his part in Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill. Pacino is the rock star of acting, and in Danny Collins he proves it once again with the help of an awesome ensemble. Danny Collins is one of those rare movies where everything works well together from the superb acting, a heart-felt story and the soundtrack of John Lennon classics which plays hand-in-hand with the story.
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When she was younger, Katie Holmes offset the fame she achieved from the 1998 TV series “Dawson’s Creek” by appearing in smaller films like 2000’s “Wonder Boys” and 2003’s “Pieces of April.” On Sunday night at the SXSW Film Festival, Holmes returns to those indie roots with the premiere of “Mania Days,” in which she plays a bipolar poet who falls in love with a man that shares her disorder.
The drama, which is set in and out of a psychiatric hospital, was made for less than $1 million, and Holmes worked for SAG-aftra’s low-budget minimum pay. The film’s writer-director Paul Dalio based the movie on his own experiences, after he was diagnosed with manic depression as a teenager.
“I always thought it was going to be a hard project to pull off, because it was a character that was very different than anyone I played before,” Holmes said »
- Ramin Setoodeh
With his tufts of gravity-defying, shoe-polish hair and burnt-orange tan, Al Pacino has been sporting the look of a glammer-than-thou aging rock star for so long now that it’s only fitting he’s finally gotten around to playing one — which he does, exceedingly well, in “Danny Collins.” For his directorial debut, screenwriter Dan Fogelman has crafted a familiar late-in-life redemption narrative, made surprisingly palatable by Pacino’s winning comic bravado, a superb supporting cast, and currents of real feeling that cut through the expected bromides about the emptiness of fortune and fame. Though it’s unlikely to score quite the same home run with the Social Security crowd as the Fogelman-scripted “Last Vegas” did ($134 million worldwide), this March 20 opener should leave the staff of new distributor Bleecker Street humming a happy tune.
This is the second time in a year that Pacino has played a celebrated star in the throes of an identity crisis. »
- Scott Foundas
Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.
Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »
- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge
Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth
Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful »
- Nicholas Bell
Michael Bay is the gift that keeps on giving. The fourth film in his clashing-robots franchise, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," leads the 35th Annual Razzie Awards with seven nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Director (Bay). (Click here for the complete list of nominations.) -Break- This is the third "Transformers" film to reap a Worst Picture bid. In 2007, the generally well-reviewed first film only contended for Worst Supporting Actor (Jon Voight, who was also cited for "Bratz," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," and "September Dawn"), but the first sequel, "Revenge of the Fallen," fell hard in 2009 with seven nominations and a "win" for Worst Picture. The third sequel, "Dark of the Moon," was nominated for eight awards in 2011, including Worst Picture, but it left unscathed thanks to Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill," which made Razzie history by swee...' »
It happens to the best of them. Distinguished actors and actresses in Hollywood can often find themselves in downright terrible movies and roles. Unfortunately, they’re pretty impossible to forget. Despite all of the other amazing performances on their resume, it’s these clunkers and misfires from the likes of beloved stars like Kate Winslet and Ryan Gosling that tend to stand out. We’ve picked 15 of the absolute worst roles by some of the best actors and actresses of our time.
Al Pacino in Jack and Jill (2011)
Honestly, we could do an entire separate list of Pacino’s worst roles, but did any of the Oscar-winning actor’s terrible movies feature the star playing himself while rapping about Dunkin’ Donuts and seducing Adam Sandler in drag? We didn’t think so.
Giving credit where it’s due, Bullock was a good »
We know you’ve been staring at your calendar for months now. But don’t fret, because it’s finally here. Pop culture’s most defining evening — which awards only the finest in entertainment — is finally upon us. We’re not talking about the Oscars, Grammys or Emmys, but rather something much more important and career-changing: The People’s Choice Awards.
The 41st PCAs air tonight at 9 Pm Et on CBS, and anything can happen. This is the night where pop culture enters The Twilight Zone and suddenly films like Grown Ups (2010) win excellence awards and Katy Perry is music’s biggest prodigy. It’s just a tad bit head-scratching, but we wouldn’t have the PCAs be any other way. Hey, Adam Sandler deserves his day in the sun too, right?
Here are 10 things that will probably only happen at the PCAs. Check ‘em out, and let us know »
- Christopher Rosa
8 items from 2015
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