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Writer/director Spike Jonze brings his distinct style and insight to this modern relationship story, Her, a film that takes an unconventional look at the nature of love. Here’s a look at the brand new trailer.
Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, Her follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right.
Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
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- Michelle McCue
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
The Voice is not the easiest show to recap for a fella like myself, who’s as cozy with snark and bitchery as a Kardashian is with secretly texting her exact whereabouts to the paparazzi. So on what am I supposed to hang my hat now that Season 5 is down to eight vocalists with enough combined talent to fill up an entire major label roster?
Oh sure, I can always find humor in Carson Daly’s attempts to position himself as Coach No. 5 — how I wish I could’ve been in the Sprint Skybox and shouted “Objection! Leading the witness! »
- Michael Slezak
‘Ender’s Game’ movie box office: Adaptation of sci-fi novel by controversial anti-gay author Orson Scott Card tops (modest) domestic box office chart — but will that be enough to spawn a film franchise? (Photo: Asa Butterfield in ‘Ender’s Game’) Written and directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Tsotsi), and featuring Asa Butterfield (the star in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo), Best Actor Oscar nominee Harrison Ford (Witness), Best Actor Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi), two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help), and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), the futuristic adventure drama Ender’s Game will easily top the North American box office chart this weekend, November 1-3, 2013. The Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures release is based on the 1985 novel (itself based on a 1977 short story/novella) by Orson Scott Card, an outspoken author »
- Zac Gille
Gwen Stefani finally confirmed her third pregnancy -- without saying a single word!The No Doubt frontwoman let her baby bump do all the talking last night, as her growing belly made its debut on the red carpet in a gorgeous blue fringe dress.With hubby Gavin Rossdale by her side, Gwen cradled her stomach at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala on Thursday night in Beverly Hills.While Eve spilled the beans back in , the couple have remained silent about Baby #3. The two already have sons Zuma and Kingston.The 44-year-old singer wasn't the only expecting star at the event. Rachel Zoe was also seen showing off her baby bump to buddy Nicole Richie.The party was a celeb-studded affair, with additional guests like Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, Jodie Foster, Amy Adams and many more -- who all stunned at the fashionable event. Check out all the party pics above. »
- tooFab Staff
As we inch closer towards the release date of August: Osage County, the movie adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer winner starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and everyone else I’ve ever loved, it’s time to give props to a dying art: movie versions of great plays. I personally loved Rabbit Hole (2010), but was ultimately underwhelmed by Pulitzer-based films Doubt (2009) and the unbelievably awkward Carnage (2011). To preserve the legacy of kickass play adaptations, here are ten legendary examples of stage triumphs that translated wonderfully on celluloid.
This Academy Award-winning epic (161 minutes) has a dynamic Mozart in Tom Hulce, but it’s impossible to think about Amadeus without first recalling the gripping and one-of-a-kind work of F. Murray Abraham as his adversary Salieri. (Wow, those two words sounds too much alike.) Jealousy is arguably the most recurring theme in great theater, but the command and despair of Abraham »
- Louis Virtel
“The Great Folk Scare” is how the late singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk jokingly referred to the 1960s American folk music revival. But there was nothing to fear Sept. 29 at Manhattan’s Town Hall, where a who’s-who of folkies past and present gathered to celebrate the sounds of the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Entitled “Another Day, Another Time” (after a lyric from Bob Dylan’s “Farewell”), the all-acoustic three-hour concert was organized by the Coens and their longtime music supervisor, Grammy-winner T Bone Burnett, as a benefit for the nonprofit National Recording Preservation Foundation, which preserves and archives historically significant audio recordings from America’s past.
The star-studded lineup, which ran the gamut from folk legends Joan Baez and Bob Neuwirth to rockers Patti Smith and Elvis Costello and latter-day folk/country acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, drew a suitably star-studded crowd including Glenn Close, Jesse Eisenberg, »
- Scott Foundas
‘Prisoners’ movie weekend box office: Best ‘serious’ (non-musical) Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal opening in years (photo: Hugh Jackman in ‘Prisoners’) The nearly two-and-a-half-hour thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, will easily top the North American box office this weekend, September 20-22, 2013. Currently playing at 3,260 locations, Prisoners took in $7.01 million on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Budgeted at a reported $46 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — the Warner Bros. release is expected to collect around $21 million by Sunday evening, as per Deadline.com. How does that compare to previous Hugh Jackman weekend debuts? Setting aside Tom Hooper’s "event musical" Les Misérables and action movies such as The Wolverine, the R-rated Prisoners may turn out to be Jackman’s strongest opening in an "adult (non-musical) film." For comparison’s sake, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- Zac Gille
The almost outrageously intense, kidnapping thriller is hitting this week, and the Prisoners trailer doesn’t pull any punches.
With the possible exceptions of Jake Gyllenhaal (because he is still underrated) and Paul Dano (because not enough people know who he is), the cast of Prisoners should sell the film by itself. The word “Oscar®” follows this movie around like a bad penny.
Hugh Jackman and Terence Howard fill the pivotal roles of fathers whose daughters have been abducted. Gyllenhaal is the lead detective on the case, and Dano plays a suspect who is caught up in the thick of things, but is too mentally challenged to have orchestrated anything as complex as this case seems to be.
- Marc Eastman
The Weinstein Co.’s “August: Osage County” had its world premiere Monday night at Roy Thomson Hall, the last of the big awards hopefuls to debut at Toronto. And the verdict: big thumbs up.
The audience ate it up, applauding several times, laughing a lot and gasping at all the right moments. There was an unusually long standing ovation.
Early buzz on the film was mixed, but it’s a clear awards contender in multiple categories.
Kudos advantages: Classy material (Tracy Letts adapted his Pulitzer-winning play), with many juicy roles for actors. (Between SAG Awards and a hefty branch in the Academy, this is a big asset during awards season.) The film’s big names means voters will make a point of seeing it, even in a busy season when they’re inundated with options. Another advantage: Every voter has a family and every family is dysfunctional, so everybody can relate to this film. »
- Timothy M. Gray
From Alcon Entertainment comes Prisoners, a Warner Bros. Pictures release starring Oscar® nominees Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”), under the direction of Denis Villeneuve, who helmed the Oscar-nominated foreign language film “Incendies.”
How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The best lead is a dilapidated Rv that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release.
As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how »
- Movie Geeks
Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the release date of Spike Jonze’s romantic drama Her. The film will now open in limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on December 18, 2013, and wide on January 10, 2014. Her will be premiering at the New York Film Festival as the Closing Night Gala Presentation on October 13.
With its new December opening, the move now places the film in key awards consideration.
Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the release date of Spike Jonze’s already much anticipated romantic drama “Her.” The film will now open in limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on December 18, 2013, and wide on January 10, 2014. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The move comes on the heels of strong positive reactions coming out of early screenings. “Her” has also just been announced by the New York Film Festival as its selection for the prestigious Closing Night Gala slot. The date change allows the studio to take full advantage of word of mouth resulting from the Festival screening, placing the film in the key awards consideration corridor and positioning it for its December opening and wider launch in January.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Spike Jonze has created an unconventional love story that is thought-provoking and reflective of our modern age. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Doug Hughes will direct the production, which will be staged at New York's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre beginning Jan 2, 2014.
- Amith Ostwal
Smash may be canceled, but Debra Messing will still be hanging out in the theater district. Come January, she’ll make her Broadway debut in the world premiere play Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy from writer John Patrick Shanley and director Doug Hughes, the Tony-winning team behind Doubt. In the limited 11-week engagement, Messing will star opposite Brian F. O’Byrne, a Tony winner for Frozen whose four additional nominations include Doubt. They’ll play two introverted, eccentric neighbors in rural Ireland. He’s shy and prefers cattle to humans, and she’s determined to have him — even if his »
- Mandi Bierly
"Will and Grace" star Debra Messing will make her Broadway debut in "Outside Mullingar," a new play by Tony and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley, producers said Friday. It is the first time Shanley has been back on Broadway since sweeping most of the major theatrical honors and nabbing the Pulitzer Prize for his 2005 sexual molestation drama "Doubt." In addition to Messing, the play will reunite Shanley with his "Doubt" star and director, Brian F. O'Byrne and Doug Hughes. The playwright drew on another of his most famous works to describe »
- Brent Lang
Man of Steel 2013 box office: $250 million milestone in North America (photo: possibly after his Man of Steel workout, Henry Cavill chats with director Zack Snyder) Directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Henry Cavill, Man of Steel passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Monday, July 1, 2013. On that day, Man of Steel added $3.04 million, for a domestic cume of $251.62 million, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. After adding another $2.78 million on Tuesday, July 2, the Superman reboot’s domestic total currently stands at $254.4 million. Not adjusted for inflation, Man of Steel is no. 28 on Box Office Mojo’s chart of the fastest movies to reach $250 million at the North American box office: 18 days. The no. 1 title is Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, with 6 days. Other movies that also took 18 days to reach $250 million — years ago, when ticket prices were lower — are Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers »
- Zac Gille
From Alcon Entertainment comes the new trailer for Prisoners, starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”), from director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated Rv that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release.
Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging »
- Melissa Thompson
Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Henry Cavill Man of Steel to trail Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3 [See previous post: "Man of Steel Weekend Box Office: June Record May Not Be Broken."] As long as it grosses at least $100 million by Sunday evening — and that’s a given — Zack Snyder / Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel will boast the second-biggest opening of 2013, behind only Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $174.14 million in early May according to Box Office Mojo. As mentioned in the previous post, Man of Steel is expected to score anywhere between $115-$140 million. Note: Figures for both Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 include Thursday evening shows. (See updated posts: “Man of Steel trailing Original Iron Man” and “Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past.”) (Photo: Henry Cavill Superman in Man of Steel.) For comparison’s sake: without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges or Thursday evening screenings, the Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man debuted with $98.68 million »
- Zac Gille
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