19 items from 2014
Shirley MacLaine is now set to join Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Judd Hirsch and Billy Connolly in Wild Oats, the Andy Tennant-directed comedy that just got underway in Spain. Blythe Frank and Hilary Shor are producing and Michael Mailer is executive producer. Written by Claudia Myers and Gary Knew, with revisions by Kenneth Lonergan, the film is about a widow (MacLaine) who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law, in a cross between The Bucket List and Thelma And Louise. The Weinstein Company is distributing domestically and Sony overseas. […] »
There are good tearjerkers that earn their emotional impact on audiences and bad tearjerkers that exploit them. Cancer dramas dance across this line with particular frequency. For every smart, balanced portrait of living with illness like Jonathan Levine’s insightful “50/50,” there’s the grating form of bottled sentimentalism found in “The Bucket List.” But it’s not always that cut and dry. “The Fault in Our Stars” provides an inoffensive, if largely underwhelming, counterexample: An adaptation of Josh Green’s bestselling 2012 novel, it straddles the line between earnest weepie and a savvy deconstruction of one, partly because everyone involved seems to resist its inevitable direction. Starring Shailene Woodley as a dying teen who finds love with a fellow cancer patient played by her “Divergent” co-star Ansel Elgort, the movie hits all the obvious beats that are primed to make you cry, from the shouting matches that devolve into tears to »
- Eric Kohn
Like Something’s Gotta Give and As Good as It Gets, And So it Goes comes straight from the senior rom-com title blender. But the most crucial element of this trailer for the romantic comedy, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, is this phrase: “From the Director of The Bucket List.” This is another Aarp-empowerment tale starring some of your parents’ favorite actors — and though it might not draw the attention of the under-30 crowd, it’s one of those movies that might make you wake up one day in August and say, “Whoa. When did And So It Goes get to $75 million? »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Crimson Field bounced back in the ratings for its finale episode on Sunday, according to overnight data.
The BBC One drama gained around 700,000 viewers from last week, attracting 5.1 million (21.6%) at 9pm.
Earlier, Countryfile topped the night overall with 6.3m (30.8%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 5.1m (22.4%) at 8pm. Alan Hansen's final ever Match of the Day and the last of the season scored 2.9m (26.3%) at 10.35pm.
ITV's Catchphrase puzzled 3.4m (17.8%) at 6.45pm (139k/0.6% on +1), followed by Off Their Rockers with 3.4m (16.3%) at 7.30pm (142k/0.6%). The latest Vera climbed by around 500k to 5.6m (24.1%) at 8pm (401k/2.0%).
On Channel 4, For the Love of Cars appealed to 1.1m (4.6%) at 8pm (320k/1.4%), followed by the latest Fargo with 1.3m (5.5%) at »
And So It Goes has debuted its first trailer.
The film centres around an ageing and antagonistic real estate agent (Douglas) who is forced to look after the granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew he had.
With the help of his long-suffering neighbour (Keaton), he begins to reverse the misanthropic habits of a lifetime.
And So It Goes will open in Us cinemas on July 11 and in the UK on July 18. »
I'm sure brand new distributor Clarius Entertainment is hoping for a better result with And So It Goes than they saw with this weekend's animated turd Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which will forever enjoy suffering one of the worst all-time openings ever. Luckily for And So It Goes it has a little juice when it comes to its cast in that it stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton and is directed by Rob Reiner. Then again, this isn't the mid-90s and since Reiner directed A Few Good Men and The American President he hasn't exactly been hitting home runs let alone singles or doubles. He did find a little success with The Bucket List, which seems to be what this film will be trading off of (not to mention As Good as It Gets in title and tone) as it centers on a self-centered realtor (Douglas) who enlists »
- Brad Brevet
It's been a long time since we've had the Rob Reiner that made "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Stand By Me." The filmmakers last two efforts were the barely seen "Flipped" and "The Magic Of Belle Isle," while "The Bucket List" was successful schlock. And that seems like that description will apply to "And So It Goes." Starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, it seems this movie will fill your quota of old people jokes that didn't make the editorial cut at Reader's Digest. As for the story, it follows a jerkstore real estate agent who has his life thrown into chaos when his estranged son drops a granddaughter he never knew existed on his doorstep. Uh oh! Surely lots of hijinks follows. Find out how below. "And So It Goes" opens on July 14th. [Vlicious] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oscar 2015: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as Oscar show producers (photo: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the 2015 Oscar ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced yesterday, April 21, 2014. This will mark Zadan and Meron’s third consecutive year as Oscar producers. In the United States, the 87th Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015. Last March 2, the Zadan- and Meron-produced 2014 Oscar telecast brought back Ellen DeGeneres, whose performance as Oscar host drew mixed reviews — some loved the pizza; others hated it. Besides pizza delivery, the Oscar telecast also featured the presence of veterans Kim Novak and Sidney Poitier; musical performances by U2, Pharrell Williams, and Idina Menzel (aka "Adele Nazeem," as per John Travolta); in addition to a tribute to The Wizard of Oz performed by »
- Steve Montgomery
Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce The Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Here's what Cheryl Boone Isaacs had to say in a brief statement.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce The Oscars again in 2015. Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership."
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson had this to say in her statement.
"This year's show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world."
credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”
“This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.
“We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to produce »
- Michelle McCue
To mark the release of One Chance on 24th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada and The Weinstein Company comes One Chance starring BAFTA and Tony award winning comedy actor James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Out on DVD this winter, this life-affirming, British film is about a shy, small town Welsh boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever. James is joined by an acclaimed cast of British and Irish comic actors including Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots). Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), One Chance is produced by Mike Menchel, »
Oscar is holding out for a hero.
The March 2 ceremony will be flexing its muscles this year, with the overall theme being a tribute to movie characters who save the day.
Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan sat down to talk with EW about what they’ve got in store: including an appearance by an iconic Hitchcockian femme fatale, and a tribute to superheroes that they (surprisingly) promise will bring viewers to tears.
- Anthony Breznican
Hollywood is always thinking! If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that they’ll create a trend and then bleed it dry until all that’s left is an empty husk.
For instance, take a look at these four films based on recent trends. You may think that they’re just too insane to be real, but one of them is an actual movie coming out. Can you guess which one?
Cannibal Rat Ship
Syfy is known for their quick turnaround when it comes to buzzworthy horror films, and they’ve already got their latest “ripped from the headlines” epic ready for late February sweeps. Tara Reid stars as an oceanographer who finds herself at odds with salvage operator Antonio Sabato, Jr. when they board a derelict ocean liner. They make a horrifying discovery – a virus has invaded the ship, killing the crew and passengers with literal explosive diarrhea, »
Eight years later, Reiner’s “And So It Goes” is up for sale at Berlin. Produced by Foresight Unlimited in association with Reiner’s Castle Rock, it marks the first time Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton have appeared onscreen together.
Douglas portrays a self-centered real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter, played by Sterling Jerins, whom he never knew. Keaton plays the neighbor of Douglas’ character. The cast is rounded out by Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen.
“We really thought about getting Jack (Nicholson) in the film but he really does not want to act any more,” Reiner said.
Reiner notes that recent films »
- Dave McNary
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:
[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]
Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and »
- Tamika Jones
Credit: Mike Lamonica
Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.
Credit: Mark Hill
In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »
- Michelle McCue
By Mark Pinkert
At the ripe age of 79, Judi Dench could become the second oldest woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. She’s a likely nominee by way of Philomena (2013), a British comedy-drama in which Philomena Lee (Dench) pairs up with an out-of-work journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), to find the son she was forced to give up 50 years earlier. An Academy win would make Dench the second oldest Best Actress behind only Jessica Tandy, who won the award at the age of 80 as Mrs. Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and only the third Best Actress to receive the award while over the age of 65 (Katharine Hepburn won for On Golden Pond (1981) when she was 74 years old).
Dench–known more for her icy, matriarchal roles–is illuminated and humorous in Philomena, and she handles this role with great dexterity. But while she’s an almost guaranteed Best Actress nom, »
- Mark Pinkert
This sometimes improbable comedy hangs on fine performances from its four veteran stars
If you loved The Hangover and adored The Bucket List, you may just look fondly on Last Vegas, Jon Turteltaub's indulgent, high-concept comedy about a band of ageing bulls living it large in Sin City. Here is a film with scotch on its breath and Viagra in its breast pocket; a series of artificial highs en route to the maudlin final clinch. In fits and starts I rather enjoyed it.
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play the faded Brooklyn buddies who reunite to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of their former ringleader (Michael Douglas). "This is the first bachelor party that could be covered by Medicaid," they remark as they weave through the deodorised fantasy land of modern-day Vegas, whistling at the girls by the pool and guzzling alcohol from the breasts of an attractive ice sculpture. »
- Xan Brooks
For a comedy of guilty pleasures, Las Vegas is a fitting backdrop - and you're in good company with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. Like these veteran stars, the story is old and creaky but director Jon Turteltaub doesn't have to try too hard (and takes advantage of the situation) when the chemistry works for this geriatric take on The Hangover.
Douglas plays the one who never grew up, called Billy (the Kid?), who decides to seize the day at a funeral and proposes to his girlfriend in the middle of the eulogy. It's a good start with the droll impropriety only emphasised by the fact his girlfriend is less than half his age - or as Billy puts it, "almost 32". A stag do »
19 items from 2014
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