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If The Face of Love proves anything, it is that Annette Bening is still one of the finest American actors working today. In Arie Posin’s new drama, which boasts shades of Douglas Sirk and an attempted Hitchcockian suspense, she gives everything to the role of Nikki Lostrom, a lonesome widow who pursues a relationship with a man who has an uncanny resemblance to her late husband.
In the opening scene, Nikki sits, sullen and anguished, by the pool of her immaculate Los Angeles home, gripping a glass of wine as she remembers finding her husband Garrett (Ed Harris) dead, strewn on the beach after drowning during a trip to Mexico. Distracted by these harrowing memories, she drops the wine glass. Picking up the pieces of broken glass, Nikki does not even grimace, even when she grips the shards so tightly her hand starts bleeding. Bening is a fearless actor »
- Jordan Adler
This Friday you’ll finally be able to get your hands on a copy of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire via Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View. It’s easily my favorite of the three books and I just loved what they did with the games. Check out the official press release below which includes info on a bonus feature sneak peek at Divergent!
“Spectacular in every sense of the word.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone The Explosive #1 Motion Picture Of 2013 Becomes The Most Anticipated Home Entertainment Release Of The Year The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Second Installment of The Hunger Games Blockbuster Franchise Arrives On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, Video On Demand And Pay-Per-View March 7 From Lionsgate Theatrical Release Has Generated Nearly $420 Million At The Domestic Box Office and over $850 Million Worldwide
Santa Monica, CA (January 24, 2014) – The blockbuster second film of »
- Jess Orso
It’s a locked-plane mystery! The text is coming from inside the plane! Well, actually… maybe it isn’t? There’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick. I’m “biast” (pro): the trailer looked like fun
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you have some ghosts that need to be exorcised — metaphorically speaking, that is, such as, say, the cultural ghosts of 9/11 — and you want them to stay exorcised, you could do worse than to call on Liam Neeson. He has a very particular set of skills, you see, skills acquired over a very long career as an actor. He can be machinelike badass and lip-quiveringly flawed human at the same time. So he makes us moviegoers like him, and more importantly, he makes us trust him.
Trust that, for another instance, he will look for, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
And now another edition of "Where My Girls At?" which occurs whenever Nathaniel is longing for actresses who have temporarily gone missing. I'm focusing this one on the beauties we won't even be seeing at the Oscars this year.
Did you see this photo Jessica Chastain posted to her Facebook account?
Somehow I hadn't clocked this new project but it's an 1980s NY set thriller (so that explains the look) about an immigrant (one presumes that's Isaac, who seems to symbolize any "foreign" element these days to Hollywood) trying to capitalize on business opportunities but beware of Violence! Decay! Corruption! I miss Jes, don't you? I know that's insane since I saw her live »
- NATHANIEL R
The BFI have announced this year’s theme (and new name!) to the London Lgbt Film Festival – going with the wonderful new name of BFI Flare. To coincide with the programme reveal, they also announced the opening and closing films of the festival.
The galas were the first big reveal, with the announcement that Hong Khauo’s first feature Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw, will be opening the festival, while the amazing Sundance smash 52 Tuesdays (pictured) will be closing closing. The Accenture Gala film will be the Cuban film The Last Match.
The ones to watch will definitely be the sub-sections of the festival, following the themes of “Heart” “Bodies” and “Minds”. Each section has been specifically picked to showcase the best of Lgbt features, documentaries and shorts highlighting the best talents from around the world.
- Lucy Cave
You're forgiven if you've long since forgotten that Ellen Page was trying to get a feature version of the Oscar winning documentary short Freeheld (2007) off the ground. She first tried in 2008, shortly after her rise to fame with Juno (2007). The film, based on a true story, is about a lesbian couple, the young Stacie (Page) and her older police detective partner Laurel Hester (Moore) who receive devastating news: Laurel is terminally ill and the government won't let her assign her pension benefits to Stacie. At the time this was first announced it looked like a great Oscar project for Page but nothing ever came of. The good news: It's back on!
But the news gets even better...
Julianne Moore is on board to play Laurel so maybe she's finally got her Oscar role. Not that Oscar is the most important thing here. The important thing is tell good stories about »
- NATHANIEL R
The Oscars are uncomfortably close. We’re less than three weeks away from the big moment where Judi Dench will (hopefully) cackle menacingly as her Notes on a Scandal costar Cate Blanchett picks up a second statue. “You’re a vampire!” Cate will holler from the stage. And I’ll jump into the TV.
The point is it’s time to think about actresses in a big way. Today’s topic: the 10 greatest losing Best Actress nominees of the past 10 years. Forget “winning performances” like Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side or Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line. These are the runners-up whose work also deserved formal, fabulous recognition. (Keep in mind I’m not necessarily saying these actresses should’ve won, but I will tell you who they were up against.)
Natalie Portman’s win »
- Louis Virtel
Two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek Pinault (Savages, upcoming The Prophet) will star in the drama A Three Dog Life, based on thebest-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced today by producers J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster).
The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe (Mini’S First Time), who also produces.
The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights.
When Abigail Thomas’ (Hayek Pinault) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. »
- Michelle McCue
Thomas reinvented her life to live near her husband, who suffered major hallucinations after a near-fatal car accident.
Sales outside the U.S. are by the Solution Group, while CAA and Wme co-represent the film in the U.S.
“Nick has adapted Thomas’ heart-wrenching memoir flawlessly, capturing the intimate details of how her marriage is put to the test following a life-changing accident,” said the Solution’s co-founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel. “John and Salma are the perfect pair to portray this couple’s journey over the course of several years.”
- Patrick Frater
John Travolta and Salma Hayek are set to star in A Three Dog Life, based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas about a car accident that leaves her husband with no memory. J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster) are producing the film, which The Solution Entertainment is shopping to foreign buyers at the European Film Market. Nick Guthe, who is directing from his adapted script, also will produce. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing U.S. rights. Hayek will play Abigail Thomas, while Travolta will play her husband. After the
- Pamela McClintock
Exclusive: Josh Hutcherson, who has starred in The Hunger Games and Journey To The Center Of The Earth franchises, has signed with CAA. He has been in play since recently leaving ICM, the agency that repped the young actor since he was 11 years old and which booked him into those career-making roles as well as The Kids Are All Right. Hutcherson is managed by The Beddingfield Company. He will next be seen in the two installments of the final Hunger Games book Mockingjay as Peeta Mellark. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Q: Tell us about Thanks for Sharing...
Stuart Blumberg: Thanks for Sharing is the story of 3 men who are in a 12 step recovery program for sex addiction in New York City and it tells the story of how through their friendship and their fellowship and their struggles, they help each other recover and be the best people they can be.
Q: Can you walk us through each storyline?
Sb: Sure. There is the character that Mark Ruffalo plays, named Adam, and Adam is a successful environment consultant who has been in the program for about 5 years. And he had a really sort of tough, checkered past, full of lots of sort of dark stuff and when he got into the program he »
- Gary Collinson
Now that it's all over, let's take an Oscar-specific look at this year's Sundance Film Festival, which could very well serve as a partial crystal ball into what will be happening in the awards race a year from now. In the past few years, the best picture-nominated likes of "Precious," "An Education," "The Kids Are All Right," "Winter's Bone" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" all debuted at the festival. Last year's crop, however, was a major exception to the rule: No Sundance film got a best picture nomination or any acting nominations. The only narrative film to get a nod was "Before Midnight" for best adapted screenplay, though Sundance indeed proved mighty in the documentary feature category, with four of five (save "Act of Killing") nominees screening in Park City. So is this year's lineup heading for a Oscar comeback? It's obviously way too soon to know anything for certain, »
- Peter Knegt
To mark the release of Girl Most Likely starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon, Natasha Lyonne, June Diane Raphael, Bob Balaban, Julia Stiles and Cynthia Nixon on DVD and Blu-ray3rd February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig stars in the delightful comedy Girl Most Likely… out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on February 3rd. It’s the perfect gift for a night in this Valentine’s Day! A smart and funny romantic comedy starring Wiig as Imogene who is forced to move home to live with her estranged mother when her career fails and she’s dumped by her boyfriend. Also starring Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) and Glee’s Darren Criss.
Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only
To be in with a chance of winning, simply do one or all of »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire didn’t surprise anyone by taking over the box office, but it surprised me by not only equaling the first film, but actually surpassing it.
Also not surprising, the film is moving to the home market fairly quickly, and hopes to sell you on special features. What some might find a bit surprising is that the release is piling all its eggs in one basket… sort of. Instead of putting the effort toward a slew of bonuses, many of which may be of little real value, this one gives you a nine-part “Making Of” documentary, and a commentary track. Likely the sort of thing that ultimately will prove far more interesting than a padded list of bonuses, some people may find it hard to divorce themselves from the feeling that a big list is somehow giving you more.
At any rate, take a look at »
- Marc Eastman
Going in to the first Sundance showing of The Skeleton Twins, in which Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a troubled sister and brother coping with the legacy of their screwed-up family, I knew nothing about the film except that it was being billed as the movie that reunited the two former SNL teammates but wasn’t a comedy. Glancing at that photo above, I thought to myself: Hmmmmm, I hope it’s not one of those glum dysfunctional-family indie specials in which gifted comedians blank themselves out for the sake of art. I needn’t have worried. The Skeletons »
- Owen Gleiberman
Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.
Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, »
- Darren Franich
• Harrison Ford will star opposite Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) in The Age of Adaline, about a 29-year-old woman at the turn of the 20th century who stops aging after a near fatal accident. She exists in mostly solitary conditions till she meets a man who she’d rather give up immortality for. How, or why this is possible in the context of the movie have yet to be explained. Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) is directing. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
The film festival's 30th edition takes place amid a climate of slumping sales and formulaic movie-making, but it remains a vital showcase for emerging talent
The 30th Sundance film festival kicks off on Thursday in the mountain resort of Park City, Utah, against a backdrop of wintry conditions for the independent motion picture. During the event's 1990s heyday, film-makers flocked to Sundance in search of global fame. Now, say the festival's critics, they come seeking shelter from the storm.
Conceived as an antidote to mainstream Hollywood, Sundance kickstarted the careers of Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and David O Russell and became synonymous with a vibrant and ambitious style of low-budget American cinema. Today, however, the independent film sector has fallen victim to changing business models, slumping sales and the decline of traditional arthouse theatres. A recent report in the New York Times predicts that the pictures launched at this year's »
- Xan Brooks
Since the Sundance Film Festival's inception 30 years ago, the vast majority of the best American independent films by and/or about queer people have screened at Sundance, including "The Times of Harvey Milk," "Longtime Companion," "Poison," "The Living End," "Swoon," "Paris is Burning," "Go Fish," "High Art," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "The Kids Are All Right," "Pariah," "How To Survive a Plague," "Keep The Lights On" and -- last year alone -- "Kill Your Darlings," "Concussion," "Interior. Leather Bar," "C.O.G." and "Pit Stop" (and we could truly go on and on and on). This year's festival -- which kicks of tomorrow -- is primed to add a few more films to that list. Of the 115 feature films screening at Sundance, at least 15 of them feature prominent queer content and characters. Those are ratios that would please Kinsey, and collectively these films should end up becoming a sizeable »
- Peter Knegt
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