12 items from 2014
From Tommy Lee Jones directing himself and The Swank we turn to another far more accomplished actor-turned-director. Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars in his career from two films (Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) but the 83 year old director has had a bit of a rougher run than usual in recent years, critically speaking. He's back with Jersey Boys based on the Broadway jukebox hit about the Four Seasons.
Let's divvy up our reactions to the trailer.
• There will be a lot of music
• Counterprogramming in the blockbuster realm of summer movies could help with critical reception so that's a smart move.
• Newish handsome actors in plum star-making position (if the movie is good and they ace it)
- NATHANIEL R
From director Clint Eastwood comes the trailer for the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film opens in theaters on June 20th.
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.
These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.
- Michelle McCue
I can understand the appeal of a jukebox musical on Broadway. In a way, it’s just a concert, albeit for cover artists, with a little bit of story thrown in for fun — like skits on a rap record. On the big screen, though, they just can’t be as enjoyable. There’s no live performance and, unless you find just the right movie theater or wait a number of years for a Drafthouse sing-a-long screening, there’s none of the same audience vibe you get with the real deal. I’m sure the stage incarnation of Jersey Boys is a really good time. The movie version, on the other hand, looks like a real bore of a biopic with an imitation soundtrack. It seems so generic that they’ve probably even thrown in a token sibling death for Frankie Valli. This evening we got our best look yet at the adaptation, directed »
- Christopher Campbell
Clint Eastwood has hit a bit of a rough patch in his directing career. Since getting his last Oscar nomination in 2007, his work has ranged from the underwhelming (Changeling, Gran Torino, Invictus) to downright bad (Hereafter, J. Edgar). Given the the star's status as a Hollywood icon, one truly hopes that he can turn things around before he is ready to retire, and today we get our first look at his latest effort. Apple has debuted the premiere trailer for Eastwood's upcoming musical Jersey Boys, and you can watch it embedded above. Based on the true story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken, Jersey Boys is an adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name. The story begins in 1960s New Jersey and follows the various members of the rock group as they came together »
Over the course of her career, Angelia Jolie has earned a number of critical accolades and fans in the filmgoing community for a diverse set of roles in movies such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Changeling, Alexander, and Beowulf. Many were excited to hear that her next role would see her taking on the role of a classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale villain in a retelling of the story from a different perspective. Titled Maleficent, the movie is directed by Robert Stromberg, and Jolie is joined onscreen by Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Peter Capaldi, Miranda Richardson, and Imelda Staunton. A new trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)
- Deepayan Sengupta
London, March 5: Angelina Jolie has revealed that she was "very, very moved" by the support and kindness she received from the public after her double mastectomy surgery.
The 38-year-old actress said that her experiences have brought her closer to other people battling health problems as they want to share their stories with her, the Mirror reported.
The 'Changeling' actress had both of her breasts removed after tests showed that she carried the BRCA1 gene, which increases her chances of contracting breast cancer.
Jolie had the genetic test because her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer in. »
- Leon David
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
Universal has released a first look, Olympics trailer at Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini and his journey from Olympian to World War II prisoner of war. Narrated by Tom Brokaw this Olympics preview introduces Zamperini's story using news reel footage alongside footage from the upcoming film, based on Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption". If you don't know the story, this is a great place to start and reason enough to look forward to the film. amz asin="B003WUYPPG" size="small"The one thing I find interesting is the cinematography, which was handled under the careful eye of Roger Deakins. The film looks a lot like something Tom Stern or another one of Clint Eastwood's DPs might have shot. I wonder if Jolie was inspired by Stern's work on Changeling and asked for something in that same vein. »
- Brad Brevet
I don't know where to begin with Jason Reitman's Labor Day. Adapted from the novel by Joyce Maynard, you could have told me it was a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and I wouldn't have second guessed the statement. I can't tell if Reitman is having fun with his audience and has actually made a parody of a Sparks adaptation or if he takes this schlock seriously. Either way, it doesn't work. To begin, Labor Day has something of an identity crisis as it's unsure which character it wants to focus on. The voice over that introduces the film is read by Tobey Maguire playing an older Henry Wheeler, the young 13-year-old (Gattlin Griffith) seen throughout the entirety of the film, and son to Adele (Kate Winslet), a woman that has retreated within herself forcing Henry to be the man of the house. Adele was left by »
- Brad Brevet
Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet and Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin join Academy Award® nominated director Jason Reitman for the gripping drama Labor Day, based on Joyce Maynard’s best selling novel of the same name.
As Labor Day weekend approaches, thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler and his mother Adele venture to the store to buy Henry clothes for the upcoming school year. Life has not been easy for Adele, a divorced, single mother, who rarely ventures further than her house these days.
Wandering the aisles, Henry encounters an injured man named Frank, who solicits Henry and Adele’s help. He is charismatic and intimidatingly persuasive. Reluctantly, Adele agrees to take this stranger home. In so doing, she sets in motion a series of events over this fateful holiday weekend that will make them confront their past and define their future, forever changing their lives.
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- Movie Geeks
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Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence.
On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a »
- Melissa Thompson
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
12 items from 2014
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