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Have you ever noticed how Brad Pitt eats a lot in his movies? Most notably, his character in the Ocean's franchise, Rusty Ryan, is munching on something in nearly every scene he's in. There have been supercuts devoted to the actor's munching, and in 2011 Vulture managed to list every single food item he'd dined on through that year's Moneyball. Now a publishing company has taken it another level and compiled a cookbook inspired by Pitt's trademark. Titled Fat Brad - The Cookbook, it's described officially as "a definitive exploration into the on-screen eating habits of William Bradley 'Brad' Pitt; part fan fantasy, part filmic study,” and features recipes such as "Bloodied Roast" inspired by Mr. and Mrs...
- Christopher Campbell
Jonah Hill, who first made a strong impression on viewers with roles in such Judd Apatow projects as Superbad and Knocked Up, has been making a bid for serious respectability in recent years with subdued turns in classy films like Moneyball, for which he nabbed an Oscar nomination, and Hail, Caesar! But the scruffy star will probably never lose his reputation as a big-screen stoner clown, even if he spent the next decade only doing sober dramas about the civil rights movement, the collapse of the housing market, and Bosnian genocide. The guy’s simply said too many fucked-up things in too many fucked-up movies for that to happen. Some people are just put on this Earth to be total goofballs and amuse the hell out of everyone else. To prove it, the supercut maestros at WorldWideInterweb have taken the liberty of piecing together a montage of Hill’s best »
- Joe Blevins
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. This week sees the release of three vastly different movies, with the true story war comedy War Dogs, the animated Kubo and the Two Strings, and the remake of the classic film Ben-Hur. None of them are expected to set the box office ablaze, but let’s see if any of them are worthy of your time.
What we are excited about:
The main thing we are excited about is the two leads, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Jonah Hill is known for his over-the-top comedy (21 Jump Street, Superbad, This is the End) but he also can pull off some dramatic acting as well (as seen in his Oscar-nominated performance in Moneyball). It looks like War Dogs is asking him to do both, and with the up-and-coming Miles Teller by his side, »
- Scott Davis
A comedy only in the bleakest way, satire only in the sense that the whole world has become a parody of itself. Appalling and amusing in equal measure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source article (and I like it)
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War Dogs was originally called Arms and the Dudes, which is a clever title, except it makes the movie sound like some sort of stoner comedy about bumbling weapons dealers from the guy who made the Hangover movies. And it’s not that at all. Oh, it is directed and cowritten by Todd Phillips, who wrote two and directed all three of the Hangover flicks, and it is about young arms dealers who frequently partake in illegal substances. But it’s not The Hangover with Guns. War Dogs is a comedy only in the darkest, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I don’t think that Jonah Hill quite gets the appreciation that he deserves within the industry. Yes, he’s been cited by Oscar twice with Academy Award nominations in Best Supporting Actor (the first for Moneyball and the second for The Wolf of Wall Street) and has anchored a hugely successful comedy franchise, but still, he comes off as under-appreciated. Perhaps when he makes his directorial debut in a year or so that will change, but for now, he’s still underrated in my book. This week, he has a new film out in War Dogs, which could be another hit on his resume. He also has last week’s successful Sausage Party, an animated movie in which he is one of the voices. He certainly keeps busy, right? For those of you who are curious, War Dogs is dramedy about two young men who became unlikely gun runners. »
- Joey Magidson
Top 5 baseball movies to celebrate Baseball Fan Day!Top 5 baseball movies to celebrate Baseball Fan Day!Amanda Wood8/12/2016 10:00:00 Am
If there’s one sport that’s synonymous with summer, it’s baseball. Few things scream summer more than cheering on your home team in the stands with a hotdog and popcorn.
Today is Baseball Fans Day, which celebrates the millions of baseball fans around the world. Our collective love for the sport has naturally spilled over into Hollywood, where scores of movies have been made over the years celebrating the boys (and girls) of summer and the excitement of the game.
In honour of Baseball fans day, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite baseball movies. Check out the list below to see if your fave made the cut, and then head outside to play it yourself!
Field of Dreams (1989)
We obviously had to include this Kevin Costner classic. »
- Amanda Wood
Ryan Lambie Aug 22, 2016
Todd Phillips sits in a London hotel, feet up, coolly puffing away on his e-cigarette. He looks more like an American on holiday than a tired film director on the junket trail for his new movie, but Phillips has good reason to look content: the crime drama War Dogs is easily his best film in years.
A decidedly Scorsese-esque film based on a pair of Miami hustlers who make a fortune selling guns to the Us military, it has more than a few comic flourishes - as you’d expect from the director of Due Date and the Hangover trilogy - but War Dogs also has something serious and troubling to say about the way governments and corporations generate wealth through conflict. »
Before portraying former international arms dealer Efraim Diveroli in the new Warner Bros. film “War Dogs,” Jonah Hill got some advice from his “Wolf of Wall Street” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio on the subject of playing real people in movies. “He said, ‘Always meet them if you can, take what you want and leave what you don’t,'” Hill said during a panel conversation hosted by The New York Times on Thursday. “It’s great if you can [meet the person]. You just have to do a lot of editing of who they actually are.”
Hill wasn’t able to heed DiCaprio’s advice in the case of “War Dogs,” as Diveroli was serving a prison sentence at the time of filming and wanted nothing to do with the movie. It wasn’t the first time Hill has encountered resistance »
- Graham Winfrey
Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
- Movie Geeks
The thriller was published earlier this year and centers on a popular high school student named Natasha. She’s discovered by a dog-walker, apparently drowned in a freezing river and dead for 13 minutes before starting to breathe again.
Natasha had been the leader of the Barbies, but the other group members are now cool to her. She also begins seeing patterns of 13.
Schwartz and Savage, who created The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” are on board to write the adaptation and produce through their Fake Empire company. De Luca Productions’ executive Lucy Kitada is executive producing along with Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski.
- Dave McNary
The original is based on Patrick Dennis' 1955 novel about an orphaned boy who is placed in the care of his flamboyant, exuberant aunt who hosts frequent parties with eclectic bohemian guests. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Mumolo says:
"She [Swinton] asked me, 'Have you read Auntie Mame?'. I said, 'No, I haven't read the book but I've seen the other version of it made into a film version in the 50s.' She said, 'Would you take a look at it? I want to see if you are interested in writing a modern-day adaptation.' I said yes, because you say yes to Tilda Swinton when she asks if you want to do something.
I read the book and it was one »
- Garth Franklin
Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting MasterClass is now available, and Indiewire has the exclusive clip to prove it. In it, the Oscar winner discusses the importance of rules, which he says are “what make art not finger-painting.” Watch the full video below.
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Sorkin’s course will include more than 25 video lessons as well as a 30-page workbook and interactive assignments. (One can only assume that this includes an entire lecture devoted to the walk-and-talk, but we haven’t been able to confirm as of press time.) “There’s a great tradition of writers from one generation giving a hand to the next group coming up — a tradition I got a lot of benefit from,” Sorkin said in a statement when his class was first announced. “I think new screenwriters will come away from the MasterClass with a new sense of confidence. »
- Michael Nordine
Voltage Pictures has entered into an exclusive arrangement with producer Alissa Phillips, who worked alongside Michael De Luca on the Oscar-nominated movie Moneyball (as co-producer) and the $217M-plus-grossing movie Dracula Untold (as Ep). Phillips will be producing feature films, TV series and mini series with Voltage and will work alongside the current Voltage Production team Craig Flores, Partner and President of Voltage Productions; Zev Foreman President of… »
Phillips will work alongside the Voltage production team of partner and president of Voltage Productions Craig Flores, Voltage Pictures president of production Zev Foreman, and senior vice-president Dom Rustam.
“We are incredibly excited to have Alissa work with us. Her studio experience and multi layered production experience will be a great compliment to our existing team,” said Chartier (pictured).
“I’m delighted to join the Voltage team,” said Philips. “I’ve admired Nicolas’ award-winning work from afar for some time and »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
With less than a month to go until its release, Netflix has released a poster and trailer for its critically-acclaimed feature film Tallulah, which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney; check them out here…
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page – Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls), John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife, Manhattan) and »
- Amie Cranswick
“The Gates,” published in 2011, centers on an 11-year-old protagonist and his dachshund who are trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. They encounter the gates to Hell, thanks to a break in the space-time continuum.
De Luca’s credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and he will also producing the second and third installments of the Universal franchise. He has produced three best picture nominees in “Moneyball,” “The Social Network” and “Captain Phillips.” He will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions. De Luca Productions exec Lucy Kitada will be an executive producer. »
- Dave McNary
Netflix has released the trailer and poster for the critically-acclaimed film Tallulah, which will debut on July 29 in all territories where Netflix is available.
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page - Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively "rescue" a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she's the child's grandmother.
- Kellvin Chavez
Recurring Orange Is The New Black writer Sian Heder is making her feature-length directorial debut after two short films with the Netflix-distributed Tallulah. Following a premiere at Sundance, the first trailer shows the struggle of the titular Tallulah (Ellen Page), a down-on-her-luck young woman who stumbles upon a nannying gig that sends her on unforgettable (or maybe very forgettable) journey. Oh, and she sorta kidnaps the baby and pretends it’s her own in order to get money from her missing boyfriend’s mother — but don’t worry, it’s inspirational when you put sad music over it.
We said in our review: “The light tone works well enough on its own, but suffers against the contrasting police investigation, a constant reminder that our lead’s new-found motherhood (also fodder for much comedy) has come at an awful price. Though this dichotomy is of clear intention by all involved, these »
- Mike Mazzanti
The teaser poster and trailer for the upcoming drama Tallulah, which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney, which debuted at this year’s main Sundance Film Festival and Sundance London, has just been release ahead of its debut on Netflix next month.
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page – Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls »
- Paul Heath
Naz is having a great night. The quiet college kid (played by upcoming “Star Wars: Rogue One” star Riz Ahmed), who still lives with his parents, scored an invite to a party with the basketball players he idolizes. Not only that, but it’s in Manhattan and “girls” are promised to be there. What more could a shy but eager young man ask for? Better yet, before he can even find the hot spot packed with single ladies, he meets one on his own. Things progress nicely, if a bit strangely, and Naz lives out every college boy’s dream night.
Until, that is, it becomes a nightmare.
It’s safe to admit as much without a spoiler warning, considering there’s no secret, no pretension whatsoever, that Naz’s night is heading toward any outcome other than disaster – even if he can’t see it. Directed and written »
- Ben Travers
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