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Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
 It's been about five years now since Zac Efron became a household name thanks to High School Musical, and for the last few of those he's been attempting to branch out with more serious, grown-up roles. Unfortunately, he hasn't had much luck in that department so far. Though Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles received favorable reviews, it failed to draw much of an audience, and the schmaltzy Charlie St. Cloud didn't do him any favors. I haven't seen Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve yet, but it's probably safe to guess that won't do much to boost Efron's career, either. Next year's looking a little more auspicious for the former Disney star, with Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, and the Dr. Seuss adaptation The Lorax all lined up -- but first, he's got one more crappy-looking drama to get out of his system. »
- Angie Han
IFC Films has acquired from Myriad Pictures the U.S. distribution rights to director Nathan Morlando’s elegant bank robber action/drama Edwin Boyd, starring Scott Speedman (Underworld, Barney’s Version, Good Neighbours), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Me and Orson Welles ), Kevin Durand (Real Steel, Legion) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, X-Men 2). Based on true events, Speedman plays title character Edwin Boyd, one of Canada’s most notorious bank robbers, who became famous and a pop-culture hero for his charm, good looks and ability to elude the police and break out of jail. The film is produced by Allison Black, Morlando’s partner in their company euclid 431 pictures. Myriad Picture’s CEO Kirk D’Amico (Margin Call) and Daniel Iron (Away From Her) are Executive Producers. The deal was negotiated by D’Amico, Cassian Elwes, and Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Production, for Sundance Selects/IFC Films. Edwin Boyd »
- MIKE FLEMING
Title: My Week With Marilyn Director: Simon Curtis Cast: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper and Judi Dench Being in awe of celebrity is reason enough to write about that experience, especially if it was a personal and long-lasting experience. This is not a new theme explored by Hollywood. The latest one that comes to mind was Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” this experience gains a bit of insight to celebrity, catching the figure in an honest light. In the new film from Simon Curtis, “My Week With Marilyn” explores intimate moments between the author of the source material, Colin Clark »
- Rudie Obias
My Week with Marilyn premiered this morning at the New York Film Festival (Nyff) and is earning instant comparisons to The King's Speech as well as the 2009 charmer Me and Orson Welles and even this year's buzzy Best Picture contender The Artist. Oddly enough, one Speech comparison comes from a critic that would appear to still be sour the period piece took home the Best Picture Oscar, but I have a feeling The Weinstein Co. is grinning ear to ear at such news.
If you didn't know, the film depicts one week in the life of Marilyn Monroe (played by Michelle Williams), which she spends with 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), an assistant to Olivier who is directing Monroe's latest film, The Prince and the Showgirl. The film focuses on the time Clark spent with Monroe when her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller, leaves England and Colin is able »
- Brad Brevet
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The press screening for Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn” was held Sunday morning in Manhattan ahead of the film’s Centerpiece screening at the New York Film Festival, and reactions were largely favorable.
Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who will be honored at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the end of the month, lights up the screen as icon Marilyn Monroe, who falls into a whirlwind romance with a young suitor (Eddie Redmayne) while filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” alongside Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
Nyu student Danny King agreed, calling it, “Lovely old-fashioned entertainment. Pre-hyped Oscar talk for Williams and Branagh fully justified. Both wonderful.”
While film journalist Peter Labuza added, “Very similar to Me And Orson Welles, »
- Sean O'Connell
A common trick often employed by storytellers – when dealing with a highly influential artist and/or one with a larger-than-life personality – is to examine said individual from the perspective of a more relatable everyman character. It’s an approach that’s been put to good use many times before, be it to tell either a fictional story (see: Me and Orson Welles) or one more rooted in truth (see: the Leo/Lev Tolstoy biopic, The Last Station).
This year’s My Week with Marilyn looks to use that same narrative formula to tell a true-life story that involves famed (or, rather, infamous) troubled Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe. But, based on the film’s trailer, does the final product look promising?
The answer is “thankfully, yes,” if only because the legendary Lady Monroe is being played by multiple Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams: an ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Sarah Palin cutout, filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Sarah Palin – You Betcha! Anna Faris-Chris Evans-Zachary Quinto/What's Your Number?: One of Worst Box-Office Openings Ever Sarah Palin – You Betcha! is the second Sarah Palin movie to bomb this year. Directed by sometime collaborators Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill, Palin's You Betcha! movie collected an estimated $7,400 at 6 locations in North America this weekend, averaging a disastrous $1,233 per theater. Back in July, Stephen K. Bannon's strong 2012 Razzie contender The Undefeated earned $65,132 at 10 theaters, averaging $6,513 per site. Even though that wasn't too bad for starters — thanks to some strong Tea Party marketing — Palin's The Undefeated movie went on to cume at a dismal $116,381 domestically. Needless to say, outside the United States no one gives a damn about the widely derided hagiography. In sum, Sarah Palin is what back in the days of the studio system, exhibitors would have called Box-Office Poison. »
- Zac Gille
Judging by the intensity and manweeping in the trailer for I Melt With You, Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven and Rob Lowe (along with Christian McKay, who played Orson Welles in Richard Linklater's Me And Orson Welles) jumped at the chance to do some Serious Acting and engage in a bit of debauchery. It obviously wasn't the paycheck -- the experimental indie from director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) only cost about a million bucks. Synopsis: Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan »
- Dave Davis
Hey Los Angeles… grab your popcorn, because Landmark Theatres has announced it’s Fall-Winter film calender for the Nuart Theatre. It highlights limited-run films to avid cinephiles in Los Angeles, offering an essential guide for audiences to discover exciting films that may never enjoy the publicity of nationwide exposure. Included in the mix of programming are documentaries, reissues, features from a variety of foreign countries and other edgy, alternative cinema.
Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles
Showtimes and information: (310)281-8223
Features Friday, October 14 . Thursday, October 20
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
A son’s riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, The Man Nobody Knew uncovers the secret world of legendary CIA spymaster William Colby, who rose through the ranks of “The Company” and soon was involved in covert operations in »
- Melissa Howland
In 1991 two films changed the landscape of indie cinema by making the frugality of the budget a selling point. Where are the microbudget film directors now?
Hollywood has always operated on the principle that more is more: each time the most expensive film ever made arrives in cinemas, budgetary extravagance becomes a major selling point. But 20 years ago, the Us independent sector stumbled upon its own marketing equivalent: the microbudget. Suddenly it became apparent that a film's financial shortcomings could be exploited to its advantage.
In 1991, two films changed the landscape of indie cinema and the way in which it was sold. Richard Linklater's Slacker, which drops in on around 100 misfits and eccentrics during 24 hours in Austin, Texas, and Matty Rich's Straight Out of Brooklyn, a tale of young no-hopers in New York's housing projects, marked the start of a phenomenon – frugality as a marketing hook
Neither were the »
- Ryan Gilbey
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Awards season officially kicks off with the impending release of the first prospective Best Picture nominee, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. An immaculate film in all aspects, this adaptation of John le Carré’s celebrated novel more than lives up to the legacy left by Alec Guinness’ authoritative TV version, carving out two hours of taut, intelligent entertainment that’s likely to see plenty of attention in the coming awards-obsessed months.
Set in the mid-1970s, things kick off with the swift shooting of MI6 agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) during a bungled operation to exfiltrate a prized Czech general. Prior to this, Prideaux confessed to the head of the Circus, Control (John Hurt), that he suspected a mole within MI6’s midst, and thus, it falls to retired-ish agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to uncover the mole’s identity, indicated by one of four codenames; opportunistic »
- Shaun Munro
Paul Dano, best known for playing conniving megalomaniac Eli Sunday in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, will soon play conniving megalomaniac Karl Rove in Richard Linklater's College Republicans, which focuses on the early relationship between Rove and fellow Republican dirty-trickster Lee Atwater. (Origin stories are so popular these days; this is kind of like X-Men: First Class, but with less-attractive mutants.) Dano does sniveling villainy well, so he's well-suited to play the man many credit/blame as the puppetmaster for the George W. Bush administration. As for Linklater, his intellectual curiosity seems to have given his recent career a feckless quality; he hasn't really made a buzzy movie since 2006's A Scanner Darkly. (Did anyone see Me and Orson Welles?) This might be just the ambitious/zeitgeist-grabbing picture to put him back in the [...] »
Here at The Playlist, we’ve been singing the praises of British actress Imogen Poots for a while now. She impressed in Jordan Scott’s boarding school drama “Cracked” and David Levien’s “Solitary Man,” and has been building her presence over the years, with smaller roles in “V for Vendetta,” “28 Weeks Later” and “Me and Orson Welles.” At the close of 2010, The Playlist listed Poots as one of our 15 actresses on the rise, and indeed with roles coming up in the biopic "Greetings From Tim Buckley," the drama "A Late Quartet" (alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and more)… »
British actress Imogen Poots’ career has been picking up steam for a few years now overseas with critically acclaimed roles in Jordan Scott’s (Ridley’s daughter) boarding school drama “Cracked” and the David Levien-helmed “Solitary Man.” Stateside, Poots’ exposure has been brief, with smaller roles in “V for Vendetta” and “Me and Orson Welles” along with her breakout in 2007’s “28 Weeks Later.” Poots’ will have her biggest exposure later this month in the remake of “Fright Night” where she’ll play the girlfriend to Anton Yelchin’s Charley Brewster and the potential plaything for Colin Farrell’s nasty vampire, Jerry. At the end… »
Director Richard Linklater needs a hit. The indie filmmaking icon has been in the cinematic wilderness for a while following a trifecta of films--"Fast Food Nation," "A Scanner Darkly" and "Me And Orson Welles"--that didn't play to many people at all and came and went from theaters in the blink of an eye. However his latest effort, the black comedy "Bernie," certainly has the ingredients to get the director back on the radar. Starring “School Of Rock” star Jack Black and “Dazed & Confused” thesp Matthew McConaughey, the story centers on the titular character (Black), a beloved mortician in small… »
Good news! Charlie Kaufman-esque rich, archly funny meta-comedy He Loves Me has begun filming in Los Angeles. Bona Fide Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures officially announced a slew of A-listed thesps to star in the new dramatic comedy opposite leads Paul Dano and Zoey Kazan – Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, Deborah Ann Woll and previously attached Annette Bening. In addition, The Daily Show veteran Aasif Mandvi is in talks to join the cast as well.
Helmed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), the film follows a writer (Paul Dano) who, in an attempt to overcome writer’s block, scribes a female character he thinks will love him. As the story goes, Dano actually births the character into existence. His real life girlfriend, Zoe Kazan, will embody the character brought to life. Kazan also penned the script.
Let’s start with the end – Mandvi will play Calvin’s agent, »
- Nick Martin
EW had breaking news this week that Hollywood heavyweight and living legend Francis Ford Coppola will make an appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in 20 years (the last time was to preview 1991′s Dracula). He’ll be giving a special sneak peek with scenes and music from his upcoming independent horror flick Twixt (formerly known as Twixt Now and Sunrise) starring Val Kilmer (MacGruber, Gun), Bruce Dern (TV’s Big Love, Monster), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Me and Orson Welles) and Elle Fanning (Super 8)
Coppola describes the film as inspired by authors Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne and apparently came to him during a “vivid dream” in Istanbul The official synopsis gives you an inkling of what to expect from the famed director and the premise does sound promising on paper: “A writer with a declining career arrives in a »
- Alan L
 Richard Linklater has put out several films over the last decade -- School of Rock, Before Sunset, Me and Orson Welles and the upcoming Bernie , just to name a few -- but during all that time, he's been slowly working on another, quietly epic project as well. Linklater began shooting Boyhood (formerly called Growing Up) back in 2002, following one young actor (Ellar Salmon) as he ages naturally from first grade to the start of college. Linklater recently reported that he has three more years of shooting left to go, which, yup, sounds about right -- a six-year-old in 2002 would be eighteen in 2014. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette also star Salmon's parents. Read more about the project after the jump. Boyhood tells the story of a divorced couple (Hawke and Arquette) as they raise their child (Salmon). Linklater's been shooting the project little by little, filming Salmon for short periods each summer, »
- Angie Han
Isle of Man government recouped just £6.3m of its £34m investment in local film industry, according to Treasury figures
The Isle of Man's attempts to generate a self-sustaining film industry have cost the local government upwards of £27m, according to figures released by the Treasury. Since 2007 the Manx economy has invested nearly £34m into 13 productions based on the island. It has recouped just £6.3m.
The news looks likely to tarnish the Isle of Man's reputation as a destination of choice for independent film-makers. Figures suggest that the government-funded production company CinemaNX ploughed £12m into the 2009 Richard Linklater film Me and Orson Welles for a return of only £2m. It also wrote off £2.2m of its £2.9m investment in the Burt Reynolds comedy A Bunch of Amateurs and £717,000 of its £1.4m investment in Heartless, an arthouse horror film by Philip Ridley.
"Film is an industry which is, by reputation, risky," said treasury minister Anne Craine. »
- Xan Brooks
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