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Ray Willmott reviews Forza Horizon 2…
Once known as special, occasional releases, Forza Motorsport games now come at us annually. Sadly, most people would rather forget last years’ Forza Motorsport V, if not just for the microtransactions. While beautiful and full of detail, the Xbox One launch title could be considered the first real slip-up Turn 10 Studios have made with the franchise.
Fortunately, Forza Horizon 2 puts the franchise back on track and then-some.
Where Forza games are generally recognised for having some of the most beautiful looking cars, Horizon 2 also boasts absolutely glorious scenery and location shots. From Italy to Southern France, players will journey through Europe as part of the travelling ‘Horizon Festival’ and attempt to beat out their competitors and become festival champion.
The attention to detail recreating Nice and Tuscanny and Provence is just astounding. My eyes melted watching these areas unfold while I drove past, almost at the speed of light. »
- Ray Willmott
Hong Kong – NBC is to produce variety travel show “Better Late Than Never,” as a North American version of the hit South Korean series “Grandpas Over Flowers.”
It will feature four veteran actors who go backpacking across Asian countries in the company of a young porter.
The original series is produced by Cj Entertainment & Media, one of the largest media and entertainment groups in Asia.
Cj E&M has aired two seasons of Grandpas on its own entertainment channel tvN, and created spin-offs “Sisters over Flowers” and more recently “Friends Over Flowers.”
It marks the first Korean variety show to be adapted by a national broadcast network in North America.
“Not simply exporting ideas, but selling full package of show formats, »
- Patrick Frater
During the press circuit for The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson revealed to reporters one item that was still lingering on his own – “one more great romance.” Years later that response prompted director Rob Reiner to take another stab at a romantic comedy. Half a century after he directed Meg Ryan’s overenthusiastic climax in a New York Deli, he’s roped in over-60s box office guarantees Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as a pair of lonely singletons in rich, suburban Massachusetts. The ‘sexagenarian shenanigans’ genre clearly has more miles on its wheezing cinematic ticker.
From the screenwriter of As Good As It Gets, And So It Goes breezes on by like an inferior retread of the same story. But without the charm or ingenuity. A bitter realtor, Oren Little (Douglas) is a drunk driving douchebag. Everybody in his apartment complex despises him because he hates dogs that defecate on his lawn, »
- Gem Seddon
On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ went on air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the famous operatic aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change his life from that moment forward.
Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini’s stunning aria, and the unlikely figure with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show’s three judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan – stared in awe at what they had just witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a standing ovation.
Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his »
- Michelle McCue
Somewhere, Billy Joel is cringing. While the title of Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes” seems intended as take-it-on-the-chin affirmation of life’s inevitable detours and potholes, the movie itself feels like a surrender — to the kind of geriatric burlesque that increasingly seems to be the only game in town for A-list stars of Social Security age. Rivaling headliner Michael Douglas’ recent altacocker ensembler “Last Vegas” in its quantity of arthritic slapstick and tearjerking platitudes, this independently financed reunion project for the actor and his “American President” director is being positioned by upstart distrib Clarius as an alternative to the summer’s comicbook blockbusters. But “And So It Goes” will need a Viagara-sized box office miracle to come anywhere near the niche success of the recent “Parental Guidance” ($77 million) and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ($46 million), to say nothing of Reiner’s own “The Bucket List” ($93 million).
Screenwriter Mark Andrus, »
- Scott Foundas
According to director Rob Reiner, the seed for his new movie, And So It Goes, was planted a few years ago at a press junket for The Bucket List. One of the reporters asked Jack Nicholson what was on his bucket list, and the actor replied, “one more great romance.” That stimulated Reiner, the producers, and screenwriter Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets) to build a picture around the idea of a late-in-life love story. With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton cast as the sixtysomething lovers, the film aims to tap an underserved audience.
- Stephen Farber
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic comedy “And So it Goes” starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton!
“And So it Goes,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Sterling Jerins, Annie Parisse, Austin Lysy, Michael Terra, Sawyer Tanner Simpkins, Maxwell Simkins and Maurice Jones from director Rob Reiner (“When Harry Met Sally,” “The Bucket List”) and writer Mark Andrus.
To win your free “And So it Goes” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland. It's the kind of premise that, on paper, could signify treacly hijinks in the vein of "The Bucket List" or "Grumpy Old Men," but Katz and Stephens' film is far subtler »
- Guy Lodge
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
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