8 items from 2014
Axes of Fulfillment: Williams Explores the Lives of Malcontented Young Adults
There’s a certain way to make multiple, intersecting storylines breathe life into a narrative structure, though it’s a rather abused formula of narrative free form often masking the lack of substance at hand. To be certain, director Ryan Piers Williams makes better use of this structure than a variety of recent examples, giving us a quiet, simplistic approach of four interrelated early thirtysomethings in Manhattan instead of bludgeoning with caustic twists a la Paul Haggis. If the material isn’t innately virginal, Williams takes some unexpected turns (not to mention the added attraction of having his wife, actress America Ferrera starring as one of the main characters). At the end of the day, some of their stories in X/Y are stronger than others, but even throughout the more familiar tics, it’s a well-acted quartet, divided »
- Nicholas Bell
Seemingly in the vein of Steve Coogan's 2008 comedy, "Hamlet 2," Jeff Rosenberg's feature directorial debut, "Oj: The Musical" is a mockumentary centered on Eugene, a writer attempting to stage a production of "Orenthal: The Musical" with the help of his friends. "Orenthal: The Musical" is a modern-day adaptation of the Shakespearean drama, "Othello" and takes place during the infamous double murder trial of ex-nfl star Orenthal James Simpson a.k.a. O.J. Simpson. As seen in this exclusive clip, in Eugene's modern-day version of "Othello," O.J. Simpson is to Othello as Nicole Brown Simpson is to Desdemona. Over the past year, "Oj: The Musical" has screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival. Watch the full exclusive clip below. "Oj: The Musical" will be available for download on iTunes and VOD on June 17. »
- Shipra Gupta
The story follows three unemployed women whose economic prospects are looking grim. They decide to hunt down a wanted criminal who has a hefty reward out for his capture. Leslie Mann and Octavia Spencer are likely playing two of the three friends, with the final main role yet to be cast, along with the criminal.
Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous) wrote the first draft of the script, based on her original pitch, with Pam Brady (Hamlet 2) currently performing rewrites. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clarke are producing for Bluegrass Films, although no director is attached at this time.
The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.
An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.
The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »
- Sandra Gonzalez
USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.
The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.
USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.
“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »
- Cynthia Littleton
Over the course of his career, actor and comedian Steve Coogan has garnered fans for a wide variety of projects, from his various tv and movie appearances as Alan Partridge, to his performances in films such as Hamlet 2 and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. One such project was The Trip, in which he co-starred with fellow performer Rob Brydon. The announcement that the two of them would reunite on a sequel was met with excitement from many, with was increased with news that director Michael Winterbottom would also be returning to the project. A new trailer has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Playlist)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sterile Cuckoo: Fleming’s Latest a Series of Rotund Clichés
Director Andrew Fleming returns with his first film since 2008’s neglected Hamlet 2, a road trip/mental illness comedy romance called Barefoot, which happens to be a remake of a 2005 German film directed by and starring Til Schweiger. Odd, cumbersome, and chock full of awkward moments that will have you cringing in embarrassment for certain cast members, Fleming seems to be aiming to hit too many marks, tethering a painfully earnest look at vague mental illness tropes with romantic quirk.
Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman), is a playboy on the skids. He’s about $40,000 in gambling debt and has just been arrested once again, this time for aggravated assault. A janitor in a Los Angeles mental hospital, Jay is seemingly on his last leg and is forced to reconcile with his rich and estranged parents (Treat Williams and Kate Burton) in New Orleans. »
- Nicholas Bell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
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8 items from 2014
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