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Hello there, handsome and young Brad Pitt! Yes, this is a picture of Angelina Jolie's future hubby, shirtless and wearing only his boxers, from 1989. As much as we'd love to say this blue-tinted locker room shot was one from Brad's personal collection, it's not. It's actually a still from a dream sequence of The Kids Are All Right, an ABC pilot that didn't quite make it off the ground. Brad, then aged 25, played one of four friends in the drama, which followed them as the experienced the ups and downs of growing up. In true, late '80s fashion, his character had a pieced ear and wore a fedora, leather on denim, what appears to be a hunter green crew neck sweatshirt, and a silver medallion »
HBO has released the first full trailer for Olive Kitteridge (the teaser was here), based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same title. It's a portrait of the coastal town of Crosby, Maine, which like all tales of sleepy New England hamlets, is full of secrets, illicit sex, crime, and tragedy. The film, directed by The Kids Are All Right's Lisa Cholodenko, is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of its protagonist played here by Frances McDormand, a junior high school math teacher. Her husband Henry, played by Richard Jenkins is the town pharmacist. Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan are also part of the cast. The four-part mini-series airs in two parts on November 2 and 3. »
- E. Alex Jung
HBO continues to challenge theatrically-released cinema with its roster of compelling small screen serials. Its upcoming “special two-part miniseries”, Olive Kitteridge, aims to maintain their winning streak. In fact, their faith in the success of the show is such that it was granted a screening in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival.
Set across four episodes, the show’s story stretches over 25 years and is told through the experiences of a small New England town and its residents. Headlining the show in the titular role is Frances McDormand, as Kitteridge. She’s a spot-on piece of casting if the trailer is an honest indicator of what to expect. In fact, the whole cast are practically an assembly of my favourite actors. If Kitteridge is the centre of the show’s universe, then Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins are in close orbit. The three of them trade off each other »
- Gem Seddon
HBO has released the first Olive Kitteridge trailer for director Lisa Cholodenko’s (The Kids Are All Right) miniseries adaptation of author Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The story focuses on a retired schoolteacher (Frances McDormand) and the characters that surround her, as the various tales of affairs, suicide, and emotional problems in her small Maine town are told through her eyes. McDormand looks to be quite incredible here as the titular lead, and Cholodenko appears to do a swell job of balancing the darkly funny and dramatic tone. Everything about this looks great, from the cinematography to the supporting cast, and I can’t wait to dive into the four-hour story next month. Hit the jump to watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer and to check out the poster. The miniseries also stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Rachel Brosnahan. »
- Adam Chitwood
Principal photography on Spotlight, the next movie from writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor), began today in Boston. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, and Jamey Sheridan star in the drama. The script by McCarthy and Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) centers on the Boston Globe investigative team who in 2001 fought "to expose the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover up of sexual abuse of children by ordained priests." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Participant Media’S “Spotlight” Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber And Stanley Tucci Goes To Camera In Boston Before Lensing In Toronto John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup And Jamey Sheridan Join Cast (September 25 – Boston, Ma) Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy’s riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart, »
- Brendan Bettinger
The HBO miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s novel, Olive Kitteridge, premiered recently at Venice Film Festival, where Frances McDormand was honored with a Visionary award. The four part series stars Frances McDormand as the titular character and features an outstanding cast of Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ann Dowd. The series is brought to screen by The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko and tells the story of a cold abrasive Math teacher and her mild mannered husband as they live together in a sleepy coastal town in Maine.
The teaser trailer does not reveal too much about the actual plot of the miniseries but looks very promising with a gloomy yet hopeful tone featuring music performed by singer Martha Wainwright. Watch the teaser trailer below.
The first two parts of the miniseries will premiere on November 2nd 2014 to be followed the next night with the closing two installments, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Based on the 2011 Australian miniseries of the same, the Americanised version of The Slap has a couple of new additions to its impressive cast. Zachary Quinto (Heroes, American Horror Story) and Brian Cox (Manhunter) have signed on to co-star in this modern morality tale. Set around an altercation at a family barbeque, the story involves the repercussions after one man slaps a badly behaving child. The kid’s not his, hence the heightened social responsibility aspect, that’s no doubt gonna make Christmas well awkward.
Quinto is in line to play the slapper (ahem), Harry. A married man with a teenage boy, he deals in antiquated European cars. And it would seem punishment, as well. Cox will play the family’s gruff old-time grandpa, Manolis. They’ll both co-star opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Hector, a married man with kids who submits to the advances of a much younger woman; and Mary Louise Parker, »
- Gem Seddon
HBO has released a trailer for Lisa Cholodenko‘s Olive Kitteridge miniseries starring Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The Kids Are All Right filmmaker helms this four-part miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about “the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid […]
- Peter Sciretta
Mark Ruffalo is transforming.
With a string of films, from the lauded AIDS drama The Normal Heart to the musical rebirth tale Begin Again to the upcoming wrestling drama Foxcatcher, the man many know as the Hulk has muscled together a shape-shifting string of roles.
"You push and you work hard, you stay positive and eventually all the stars sort of align," Ruffalo said in an interview. "I feel like I'm kind of in one of those moments where everything converges at one time. It's been an interesting few years for me and kind of tough, just my inner-life. I feel like I had kind of a midlife thing going on. People close to me died. It's just been a really reflective time and a growing time, so where I'm at right now feels like, 'Ok, I'm coming out of the other side of that and I survived it.' »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Women presidents at the Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs is only the third one (photo: Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Brad Pitt) (See previous post: "Honorary Award Non-Winners: Too Late for Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich.") Wrapping up this four-part "Honorary Oscars Bypass Women" article, let it be noted that in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 85-year history there have been only two women presidents: two-time Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis (for two months in 1941, before the Dangerous and Jezebel star was forced to resign) and screenwriter Fay Kanin (1979-1983), whose best-known screen credit is the 1958 Doris Day-Clark Gable comedy Teacher's Pet. Additionally, following some top-level restructuring in April 2011, the Academy created the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the CEO post currently held by a woman, former Film Independent executive director and sometime actress Dawn Hudson. The COO post is held »
- Andre Soares
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
Maya Forbes’ big-screen memoir, Infinitely Polar Bear, is a movie about family that is also sweet enough to be a family film. Dedicated to the writer/director’s parents, it is one of the more accessible titles available that deals with manic depression and mental illness. However, that should not be a slight against it. An outstanding cast, led by a superb Mark Ruffalo and scene-stealing turns from the two newcomers who play his stubborn-headed daughters, elevate the film’s somewhat digestible portrait of bipolar disorder.
Ruffalo plays Cameron Stuart, a free-spirited kid raised with a silver spoon but later kicked out of Harvard. On campus in the late 1960s, he met the bohemian Maggie (Zoe Saldana) with whom he soon started a family. When Cameron comes out of the hospital, »
- Jordan Adler
The race for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar is underway and two men from recent film festival hits have taken an early lead according to our 16 Experts: Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher" and J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash." -Break- Users battle over Best Director Oscar: Bennett Miller ('Foxcatcher') vs. Richard Linklater ('Boyhood') Six experts say Ruffalo is out front. Previously nominated in this category in 2010 for "The Kids Are All Right," Ruffalo appears in "Foxcatcher" as Dave Schultz, a real-life Olympic freestyle wrestler who was murdered by John du Pont (Steve Carell). Earlier this year, the film played at Cannes where it won the Best Director prize for Bennett Miller. Six are also betting on Simmons, who plays a ruthless music teacher instructing an aspiring jazz drummer (Miles Teller) in "Whiplash." The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2014 S »
By Anjelica Oswald
Telluride is over, Toronto is on its way, awards buzz is growing and the fight is on for Oscar hopefuls. It’s just another fall in the film world.
Since opening the 71st Venice Film Festival and making its North American premiere at Telluride, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman has affirmed its place in the Oscar race with rave reviews both overseas and here in the States.
Bennett Miller has made two feature films — Moneyball (2011) and Capote (2005) — that received Oscar nominations for best picture and premiered at one of the fall festivals, Moneyball in Toronto and Capote at Telluride. His third feature Foxcatcher made its American debut at Telluride to high praise, echoing the sentiments from Cannes.
These are just a few of the fall premieres vying for an Oscar nomination, but what about the movies that have made their theatrical debut before September? Sundance takes places in January, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Venice - My goodness, but "Olive Kitteridge" makes creating great TV look as simple as following a recipe. Let's say you want to create a truly wonderful miniseries. A good place to start would be picking great source material that nevertheless comes without too much cultural baggage or a mouthy fandom. An excellent and recent Pulitzer winning novel by Elizabeth Strout would seem to fit the bill. You want great performances? Easy, let's employ some great leads. Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan should do for starters. Oh, you want great support too? Fine, simply round out the cast with the likes of Peter Mullan, John Gallagher Jr. and Brady Corbet. Of course you'll need a director. Apparently Lisa Cholodenko of "The Kids Are All Right" fame is free. Perfect. Jeffrey M. Werner, the editor Cholodenko worked with on that self same film, is available too. And for your cinematographer, »
- Catherine Bray
After several cast changes and an eight-year journey to the screen, Matthew Weiner’s feature directorial Are You Here finally made its Hollywood premiere last night at the Arclight on Sunset Blvd. This Friday, Millennium Entertainment will unspool the film, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, in limited theaters as well as on DVD.
“Like most of what I do, this is a genre-less film,” Weiner told the audience before the projector rolled, “Laugh where you want to laugh.”
Despite his reputation for creating the monumental, award-winning period TV drama Mad Men, Weiner’s uphill battle to get Are You Here made further underscores the challenges of getting adult feature dramas off the ground. With its comedic star wattage cast and a set-up that involves a crazed stoner (Galifianakis) inheriting a farm after his father’s death with his weatherman philandering friend along for the ride (Wilson »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Breaking: A new major independent film distributor has emerged, just in time for Toronto. Andrew Karpen, the longtime co-ceo of Focus Features, has unveiled Bleecker Street, a New York-based distribution company that has backing from 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava.
Karpen has long been a well regarded part of the independent film strata, but he left Focus last March. That was the final piece of a restructuring by Universal Pictures that began in October with the exit of CEO James Schamus, and saw the closing of the Focus Gotham office when the pieces of Peter Schlessel’s FilmDistrict were combined with Focus. Schlessel took the reins of that company and kept some key Focus executives like Jeb Brody, who has been running point on the label’s biggest film Fifty Shades Of Grey. Schlessel wanted to keep Karpen, but after initially running FilmDistrict with key execs Bob and Jeanne Berney on the opposite coast, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Exclusive: In a new take on the life and lore of Frankenstein authoress Mary Shelley, Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner (Barely Lethal, Alone) has been cast as Shelley herself opposite Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Stonewall) as Percy Shelley. Scripted by Deborah Baxtrom, Mary Shelley’s Monster tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own “monster” of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring) is attached in a supporting role as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.
The real Shelley first published her Gothic horror classic Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21 after marrying the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Monster envisions her life as “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way,” per producer Rose Ganguzza, who produced »
- Jen Yamato
With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice. Briefly: She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots. The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman. Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation »
- Adam Chitwood
NBC has enlisted two acclaimed actors to star in its provocative upcoming miniseries The Slap. Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard will headline the complex family drama about what happens after a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. “The seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it,” according to the show’s official description.
- James Hibberd
“’Scandal’ is something that was one of the most important career moves of my life and it was incredible. The cast will always be family to me,” he told Variety.
Bucatinsky opened the gala last night at »
- Nikara Johns
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