6 items from 2016
There are films you highly anticipate at the Cannes Film Festival, and then somewhat unexpected films that organizers on the Croisette seem to love. Not that we have anything against Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, but it sort of smacks of a preaching-to-the-choir self-righteousness that needs to be handled with utter finesse to work. But international festival organizers seem to relish when American filmmakers make scathing indictments of America (see Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” winning the Palme d’Or) and sometimes have funny ideas of what a good American film is (see Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). Read More: 20 Films We Hope To See At The 2016 Cannes Film Festival And so while not officially confirmed by Cannes or Sony, THR reveals that Foster’s “Money Monster” — about a loudmouth financial TV show host taken hostage by a man »
- Edward Davis
Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema's and Village Roadshow Pictures' thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty, being helmed by Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Dear Diary, The Devil Wears Prada). The film has been slated for release on December 16, 2016. The drama will be going up against Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this December.
Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (upcoming Suicide Squad, Concussion), Edward Norton (Birdman), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Michael Peña (The Martian), Naomie Harris (Spectre), and Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) and Helen Mirren (The Queen, Trumbo).
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way. David Frankel »
Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty, being helmed by Oscar-winning director David Frankel (“Dear Diary,” “The Devil Wears Prada”). The film has been slated for release on December 16, 2016.
Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (upcoming “Suicide Squad,” “Concussion”), Edward Norton (“Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Michael Peña (“The Martian”), Naomie Harris (“Spectre”), and Jacob Latimore (“The Maze Runner”), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (“The Reader,” “Steve Jobs”) and Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Trumbo”).
When a successful New York advertising executive (Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.
- Kellvin Chavez
It's funny to remember that at one time, "Collateral Beauty" was in dire straights. Originally, it was set to star Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, with "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon behind the camera. But first Jackman left, only to be replaced by Will Smith. Then Mara and Gomez-Rejon both exited, and the project seemed to be in peril. But man, has it ever bounced back. Read More: Watch 15-Minute Talk With Will Smith And 'Concussion' Filmmakers Kate Winslet has joined the ensemble which now includes Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris. Dang. It's certainly the biggest roster of stars that David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Marley & Me"), now tasked with directing, has ever worked with. And it perhaps indicates that Allan Loeb's ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "Just Go With »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here’s a good sign of momentum: weeks after a documentary premiered at Sundance and received its first wave of fine reviews, the figure known as Jt Leroy is having their life story turned into a feature film. THR tell us Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly (the Franco-led I Am Michael) will team for Jt Leroy, which examines the eponymous figure — itself the outlet for a writer and actor who fooled the world with “a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.”
If contracts are arranged, Carter and Stewart will respectively star as Laura Albert and Savannah Knoop, Leroy’s writing and public personas. There are many directions in which this narrative can reach, evidenced by the fact that writer-director-actress Asia Argento, who adapted Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, »
- Nick Newman
Josh Brolin, like his "Hail, Caesar!" co-star George Clooney, came into his own as a movie star after years of trudging through less than fab B fare. Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coen brothers and Oscar-winner "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit." Brolin has been on a roll (with the occasional "Jonah Hex") ever since, shooting Gus Van Sant's "Milk" (landing a supporting actor nom), Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers—see Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." He played a cop with a flat top in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," and 2015 brought strong turns »
- Anne Thompson
6 items from 2016
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