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Grandma comes to the screen from director Paul Weitz, the American filmmaker who has filled his career with American teen comedies with the genre defining American Pie, solid British comedy fare in About A Boy, writing the animated bug movie that wasn’t A Bug’s Life in the 90s (Antz), and the more recent third movie in the Fockers franchise, Little Fockers. With Grandma, which he also writes, Weitz delivers his smallest, most indie film to date; a character-driven comedy drama featuring a career-best Lily Tomlin in the title role.
Tomlin stars as Elle, a sixty-something poet living on the outskirts of Los Angeles, who is going through a break-up with her girlfriend on four months, Olivia (Judy Greer). On the same morning of the break-up, Elle’s teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner) rolls up to her »
- Paul Heath
In recent times, Hollywood has enjoyed going back into the 1990s to come up with belated sequels to previous hit movies. So, we finally got Dumb & Dumber 2, for instance, whilst a third Clerks, a second Mallrats, a new Sister Act and a Naked Gun reboot are being cooked up somewhere. Further belated sequels? Zoolander 2 finally arrives next year, and Anchorman 2 celebrates, quietly, its second birthday this Christmas.
It was only at the end of the 1990s that comedy sequels suddenly really took off. There were exceptions beforehand of course, but few things raise the eyebrows of Hollywood high brass than lots of cash. This, whilst the enormous box office takings of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me were in part down to an utterly inspired marketing campaign, »
Chicago – Actor Sam Eliott will make you smile. The distinctive voice, his famous mustache and his character presence in a film or TV show increases any potential in the production. He recently was in Chicago with director Paul Weitz, as they teamed up in the film “Grandma,” starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin.
“Grandma” has a very unique premise. Tomlin is the title character of Elle, who is visited by her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner). The girl is seeking an abortion, and her feminist poet grandmother seems like the right fellow traveler on her way to the procedure. Sam Elliott portrays Karl, Elle’s ex-husband – she left him for a same sex partner – who harbors a resentment toward circumstances in their relationship. The two meet along the way to the clinic, and the resentment boils to the surface.
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Straight Outta Compton fell 56% in its second weekend but still managed to take first place on the box office charts with $26.8M. It's Universal's 13th weekend with a film in the #1 position. Meanwhile the other new titles did little to turn around an August that can't compete with the record-breaking, $1B results of last year and the top 12 was down 10.46% from the same frame last year.Universal added 268 venues to the hit biopic's 2,757 venues, for a total of 3,025, which feels like a bit of a tacit admission by the studio that they should have opened Compton wider its first week. They increased the theater count for Jurassic World only 17 screens its second week, but that brought it to a whopping 4,291. Furious 7 was only given 18 more screens its second week but that brought it up to 4,022. Still, Compton's per screen average (psa) its first week was $21,835, while Jurassic World astonished »
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Happy Birthday Robert Anthony De Niro Jr, born on this day 1943. Arguably the greatest American actor of his generation, Robert De Niro has, in recent years, become a prime contender for the "should have retired years ago" cone of shame. Roles in films like Analyse This and Meet the Parents encouraged an ageing De Niro to steer more towards comedy - where he could continue to demand substantial salaries while putting in notably less effort than some of his earlier, more physical roles. Not that anyone can blame him either. He's an old man, but when the guy who gave us Travis Bickle, Vito Corleone, Jake La Motta and Jimmy Conway pumps out a string of dross that includes comedies Little Fockers and The Big Wedding,...
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It's understandable if Dustin Hoffman, whose recent films have included roles in "The Cobbler," "Little Fockers," and voice-acting in the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, has a dim view of the current state of cinema. And in fact, the seven time Oscar nominee (he's won twice) has a particularly grim assessment as such. However, he's much more bullish on the small screen. “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been —in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” he told The Independent. Zing. Read More: 5 Of Dustin Hoffman's Most Underrated Performances Certainly, Hoffman's recent roles perhaps suggest he hasn't had the choicest crop to choose from, and it is telling that the meatiest role he's had in recent memory was on Michael Mann's HBO series "Luck, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In a recent interview, Dustin Hoffman said we are at an all-time cinematic low. Is he correct?
While Hollywood is enjoying a record-breaking summer at the box office, not everyone is having a great time at the cinema. In a new interview, Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar, Little Fockers, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has lamented the state of cinema, calling it the worst it’s “ever been”.
But what do you think? We want to know about your best and worst years at the cinema. Did you have a memorable 1999 watching Fight Club, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, All About My Mother and Being John Malkovich? Or was 2003 a disaster for you enduring Daredevil, Boat Trip, The Cat in the Hat, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Dumb and Dumberer?
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- Benjamin Lee
“Nantucket has been a creative refuge for decades,” multihyphenate Ben Stiller says. “The festival has coalesced the film-writing community and celebrated individuality — in a way that is part of being on the island: independent, isolated (so as to) foster risk-taking.”
A Nantucket Film Festival board member, Stiller often attends the fest, which turns 20 this year. He regularly hosts a lively, Sro All-Star Comedy Roundtable that has welcomed Mike Myers, Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Brian Williams, among others.
The event will kick off June 24 with A24’s David Foster Wallace drama “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Documentary “The Best of Enemies” about the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential election, »
- Thelma Adams
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
Too much of a good thing? Gwyneth Paltrow gets a lot of flak for being, well, Gwyneth Paltrow, but her mom, for one, thinks that's just proof of how great the actress really is. During an interview on the Today show to promote her new movie, I'll See You in My Dreams, Blythe Danner told Natalie Morales that she thinks her daughter attracts criticism because people are "intimidated" by her success. By her own admission, the Little Fockers star, 72, doesn't keep up with everything that's written [...] »
Jessica Alba has been slowly building an impressive company while acting and being a mother.This Golden Globe-nominated actress, whose career includes roles in films such as “Fantastic Four” and “Little Fockers,” as well as television series like “Dark Angel,” “The Office” and “Entourage” is a California native who comes from modest beginnings. Alba is actively involved with charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, One, Habitat for Humanity, Project Home and more. But her role as a mother of young daughters (4-year-old Honor and newborn Haven), have focused Jessica to create products that ensure a safe home, nutritious formula and body products for […] »
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Fans of fast-moving red objects that aren’t Superman, rejoice. A movie about the life of Ferrari founder and motorsport grandee, Enzo Ferrari, is heading our way and Robert De Niro is aboard to play the Italian racer/engineer in a film entitled simply Ferrari.The Guardian, which picked up the news from Il Messaggero, has the film spanning 1945 to the 1980s, a period of Ferrari’s life that saw him emerge from a racing career to spearhead the Ferrari team’s successes in ensuing years. "It is an honour to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionised the world of motor sport,” De Niro told the Italian broadsheet. "The film will go into production soon, mostly in Italy, and has absolute priority over all my other projects.”That’s bad news for another hoping to see Little Fockers 2 – both of you – but an indication of the kind »
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
13 items from 2015
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