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Even after the terrific amount of praise that poured in after Roger Ebert’s death, it still feels like we haven’t adequately celebrated the man who essentially defined film criticism. Since today would’ve been Ebert’s 71st birthday, I suggest we formally discuss the movies we’ve “hated, hated, hated,” as Ebert’s book I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie is an essential part of any movie lover’s bookshelf. I cheekily broached this subject in Weeklings!, but let’s get serious about the beloved movies we totally hated. Here are my five.
1. Moulin Rouge: The summer of 2001 was a critical time for me. I was 14, consuming every single new movie with friends, and realizing, “I can hate popular things! I can!” Case in point: this screaming coloring book. Moulin Rouge is a medley of every song you never needed to hear again. It doesn’t want to entertain you. »
- Louis Virtel
A host of Us shows portray mental health in fun, helpful and realistic ways. It's a good change from the 'straitjacket' days
Mental illness is having quite the year on the small and big screens. The stereotypical images of straitjackets and Frankenstein-inspired psychiatric procedures have been replaced by very human portrayals of mental health problems. We laugh, cry and identify with these characters and their issues. The triumphant Silver Linings Playbook sent a message that those affected shouldn't hide from society and can work with their illness in a positive manner. And a wide variety of TV shows are tackling mental health and mental illness in surprisingly deep ways.
Here are my top 5 American shows depicting mental illness:
1. Wilfred (Season 3 premieres 20 June on the FX channel)
When Ryan (Eljah Wood) succumbs to the stress of following in his father's footsteps as an attorney, he begins to see Wilfred – a man »
- MaryLee Sudworth
Sneaker-shaped slippers were regularly featured on the feet of "Jersey Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi throughout the show's three-year run, but it appears that the (um, interesting?) footwear has finally made its way to Hollywood. Just this weekend, former Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper appeared to be the Sleepiest Man Alive as the "Hangover" actor strolled out of his friend's house in Santa Monica on Saturday wearing blue and white versions of the silly shoes.
The 38-year-old "Silver Linings Playbook" star completed the casual and cozy look with a gray V-neck T-shirt and cutoff red sweatpants -- perfect for the lazy weekend he deserves after wrapping production on the Depression-era drama "Serena" and the con-artist crime flick "American Hustle," both of which are planned for release later this year.
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- Samantha Toscano
The trouble with tackling mental illness in film (or television) is that mental illness itself is a serious, often debilitating issue. Film can be a great medium to broaden awareness of a disorder but it can also be damaging or down right ridiculous. It’s very tempting for film makers to latch on to a mental health disorder to give characters depth or add drama to a situation but either it turns out as a beautiful portrayal or downright stupid.
Hey this character has gone a bit crazy, does not a good drama make.
In my opinion, television is the medium that often nails this, as it allows the opportunity to take the time establishing the situation and lets the audience devote the time they need to observe the character(s) and their situation. For me, one of the best portrayals at present would be Claire Danes performance in Homeland »
- Baz Greenland
A new trailer has been released for Killing Season.
Directed by Ghost Rider and Daredevil's Mark Steven Johnson, the film stars Robert De Niro and John Travolta as two military veterans of the Bosnian war who battle for survival in a remote wilderness.
Travolta and De Niro were first reported to have joined the action thriller back in 2011.
Further release dates, including for the UK, are yet to be announced. »
Here’s one that seemed to come out of nowhere. It’s the first trailer for Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. At first glance, they’re a pair that don’t really seem to fit together, but as it turns out, that seems to be the least of the film’s problems.
Before we get any further, here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Deep in the Appalachian mountains, a reclusive American military veteran (Robert De Niro) and a European tourist (John Travolta) strike up an unlikely friendship. But when the tourist’s true intentions come to light, what follows is a tense battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.
Just from the synopsis alone, there doesn’t seem to be much happening in the film other than these two eventually battling it out. »
- Jeff Beck
While The Weinstein Company presentation at Cannes this year left a bit to be desired (though, it would be pretty hard to top 2012's unveiling of "The Master," "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook") one title that did stand out was the documentary "Salinger." Harvey showed off the trailer for the first time on the Croisette where our correspondent Jessica admitted that "it certainly looks riveting, with...plenty of emphasis on the mysteries and enigmas that surround Salinger’s life and legacy." And now it's here for the rest of us to see, and we couldn't agree more. In the works for at least five years, if not longer, writer/director Shane Salerno has gone deep, putting $2 million dollars of his own personal cash into the making of the movie which tries to figure out the life of literature's most famous recluse (sorry Harper Lee). An absolutely ridiculous list of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Magic Mike actor commented to Cosmopolitan that Oscar winner Lawrence is one of the most interesting stars in Hollywood.
"I wouldn't mind being the male Jennifer Lawrence," Tatum joked, adding: "I think she's incredibly cool."
Tatum also admitted that he finds being a sex symbol quite odd because it is difficult at times for him to control his diet.
"I'm a fat kid on the inside," he quipped. "I love food so much, and I fluctuate about 25-30 pounds between movies. I feel like I have to do a chess movie that requires very little movement at some point, just so I can eat pizza and play chess on the beach all day."
He then teased: "And then [I'd] eat more pizza and cheeseburgers and drink beer. That'd be amazing. I'd give anything for that. I gotta figure that movie out. »
There are a lot of things that last year.s Silver Linings Playbook got right, and the film and its cast and crew have the awards to show for it. Should there have been a category for .Best Reminder of an Actor.s Likeability,. the re-emergence of Chris Tucker would have certainly secured the trophy. The prospect of another Rush Hour sequel still makes my skeleton groan, but I.m happy to pass on the news that his next role will be in an original comedy. Tucker will return to a leading role in Relativity Media.s Second Honeymoon, which will be directed by Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang), no stranger to career hiatuses himself. (You might remember he directed the pretty stellar Punisher: Dirty Laundry short last year.) He.ll be working form a script written by Peter Gaulke, who wrote the mildly disappointing comedy The Babymakers, and Kevin Heffernan, »
• Sandra Bullock passed once on starring in Will Gluck’s update of Annie, but reports surfaced Wednesday that talks may have started up again. The Oscar-winning actress would play the part of Miss Hannigan, the cruel, often drunk head of the orphanage that houses Annie (Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis). Carol Burnett played the role in John Huston’s 1982 version of the musical. Bullock can be seen next in The Heat (June 28) with Melissa McCarthy, and then in Alfonso Curaón’s Gravity (October 4) with George Clooney. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Story follows a married couple who return to Antigua on their second honeymoon in an effort to spice things up. However, the legacy they left ten years ago comes back to haunt both of them, and before they know it, the trip is less about trying to reconnect with their younger, wilder selves and more about trying to get off the island alive.
Relativity Media has worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute the project, which Todd Garner is producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker’s producing partner Karen Bell. Tucker will serve as an executive producer.
After taking a five year hiatus from acting, Tucker has started building up his slate »
- Justin Kroll
On the heels of his supporting role in the TWC hit, Silver Linings Playbook, Chris Tucker has signed up to star in the comedy Second Honeymoon. To be directed by Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang), the film's synopsis, courtesy of The Wrap, reads: Story follows a married couple who return to Antigua on their second honeymoon in an effort to spice things up. However, the legacy they left ten years ago comes back to haunt both of them, and before they know it, the trip is less about trying to reconnect with their younger, wilder selves and more about trying to get off the island alive. Chris will star as one-half of the couple - his first leading role since sharing the screen with »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Chris Tucker is attached to star in Second Honeymoon, a comedy from Relativity Media that Phil Joanou just boarded as director, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Todd Garner, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker’s producing partner Karen Bell are producing. Tucker will serve as an executive producer. Photos: Behind the Scenes of 'Silver Linings Playbook' With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence The story concerns a couple who attempt to jumpstart their marriage by returning to Antigua, where they eloped 10 years earlier after a wild week of debauchery. Their plan to redo everything goes out the window when they're thrown
- Borys Kit
Here's today's latest casting news: Courteney Cox (Friends) is set for her directorial debut, Hello I Must Be Going, which will star Seann William Scott (Goon) and Kate Walsh (Private Practice). Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) will star in the Relativity comedy, Second Honeymoon, for director Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang). Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements. Deadline reports that Cox will direct Hello I Must Be Going from screenwriter David Flebotte (Desperate Housewives). Scott will star as "Ted Morgan, a depressed man who heads back to his hometown to right some wrongs before committing suicide." Walsh co-stars as his sister-in-law Kathleen Morgan. Garret Dillahunt and Rob Riggle also star. Production is set to begin in L.A. later this month. The Wrap has Tucker starring in Second Honeymoon, which will be his follow-up role since returning to the screen in Silver Linings Playbook. The story centers on "a »
- Dave Trumbore
After a five-year hiatus from the big screen, Chris Tucker eased his way back into Hollywood with a well-received supporting turn in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." Now Tucker is ready to return to leading roles, as he has signed on to star in Relativity Media's comedy "Second Honeymoon." Phil Joanou ("Gridiron Gang") will direct the movie and rewrite the script by Peter Gaulke and Kevin Heffernan. Story follows a married couple who return to Antigua on their second honeymoon in an effort to spice things up. However, the legacy they »
- Jeff Sneider
Is there such thing as an anti-promotional blitz? The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that William Morris Endeavor is behind the series of CAAn’T posters that have appeared around Hollywood on Tuesday. The red posters are a clear parody of rival agency CAA’s white-on-red logo, as well as a reference to a May 13 New York Post blind item about an Oscar-nominated director venting about his agency: “They should be called Caan’t! Caan’t, Caan’t, Caan’ttttttt!” That quote has been attributed to Silver Linings Playbook’s famously hotheaded director David O. Russell, a CAA client. Photos: THR's Agent
- Rebecca Sun
There are two keywords in the title of this article, that of “incredibly talented.” All of the actors included here were, at one point, making great movies. But, for some reason or another, they have lost their touch. So, you will not see any actors that have had a lifetime of mediocre work (cough cough Adam Sandler).
In some ways, it’s difficult to tell these guys to stop acting, because we know they still have the potential. They could start making good stuff again, if they only applied themselves differently. And it’s not just old age that has done this. Look at Christopher Plummer, who just recently won an Oscar at the age of 82. What distinguishes the people in this list, then, is the choices they have made. They were once good, but lately have been stuck in a rut.
So, this is my plea. Come back to us, »
- David Fontana
Here’s a first look at Jennifer Lawrence in a full bodysuit on the set of the upcoming comic book movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” by director Bryan Singer (Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men) and starring Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Knights of Badassdom), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Filth, Trance), Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, Movie 43, Real Steel) and Michael Fassbender (Prometheus 2, Assassin’s Creed). Synopsis: The X-Men must travel in time to change a major historical event that could globally impact on man and mutant kind. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
A couple of years ago, Bollywood legend Dharmendra (Sholay) put together a wacky comedy starring himself and his two movie star sons, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. That film was called Yamla Pagla Deewana (Nutty, Looney, Crazy) and was a big hit. The family played a family, the Singhs, with Dharmendra and Bobby essaying the roles of con men on the prowl for a quick buck, and Sunny playing a devout Sikh to whom such shenanigans were anathema. The trio come together, find a girl, fall in love, and attempt to con a different Sikh family, headed by Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook), into marrying their daughter off to Gajodhar (Bobby), in spite of his not being an Nri like the family insists. That film was...
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Booboo Stewart talks about his role in the upcoming comic book movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” by director Bryan Singer (Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men) and starring Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Knights of Badassdom), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Filth, Trance), Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, Movie 43, Real Steel) and Michael Fassbender (Prometheus 2, Assassin’s Creed). Synopsis: The X-Men must travel in time to change a major historical event that could globally impact on man and mutant kind. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from the upcoming comic book movie “X-Men: [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
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