15 items from 2016
Breaking: It’s one big happy Weiner family. The Littlest Bigfoot, author Jennifer Weiner’s latest book for kids, will be made into an animated feature by Chris Bender (We're the Millers) and Jennifer’s brother Jake Weiner (Leap Year), courtesy of 20th Century Fox Animation in a deal that was negotiated by another in the Weiner family, brother Joe. The IP seems set for a sequel as the author is writing the next installment called Little Bigfoot, Big City; that one comes… »
Michael Rowe.s Early Winter will have an Australian theatrical run beginning October 13, thanks to Rialto Entertainment. . Early Winter, an Australian-Canadian co-production, follows the middle-aged David, (Paul Doucet) who works as a janitor in a retirement home, as he begins to suspect his younger wife Maya (Suzanne Clement) of having an affair. . Though Early Winter is set in Quebec, writer-director Rowe is said to have drawn on experiences from his former life in Ballarat for the film, particularly scenes depicting life in aged care facilities. Early Winter won the Venice Days Award at the Venice Film Festival last year and is currently in competition for the upcoming Aacta Awards. Rowe, who now calls Mexico home, also won the prestigious Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for his film Leap Year. .Both Early Winter and Leap Year are exemplars of Michael Rowe.s filmmaking philosophy using his »
- Staff Writer
A heartfelt drama showcasing Mexico’s popular culture, “Tamara & The Ladybug” centers on a forty-year old woman suffering a mental illness who takes a seemingly abandoned baby girl under her wing.
“Tamara & The Ladybug” stars Angeles Cruz (“The Violin”) and Angelina Pelaez. It’s produced by Ana Bojorquez who produced Carreras’s “The Greatest House in the World,” which played at Berlin, and Sandra Paredes, whose credits include Cannes Critics Week’s screener “Blue Eyelids.”
Besides “The Greatest House in the World,” Carreras has directed “Missing Dad.” A critically-aclaimed screenwriter, Carreras also co-wrote the script of Un certain regard player “The Golden Dream” and Cannes Golden Camera winner “Leap Year.”
- Elsa Keslassy
July 4 fell on a Saturday last year, resulting in an Independence Day weekend without an extended holiday. Thanks to 2016 being a Leap Year, July 4 moves to Monday and we're looking at a four-day holiday weekend that not only includes the third weekend for the high-powered performance of Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory, but three new wide releases. However, like last weekend, this week's freshman class will be jostling for runner up position as Dory is looking at a three-peat atop the weekend chart. Meanwhile WB's The Legend of Tarzan and Steven Spielberg's The Bfg*and their combined budgets totaling $320 million*may have a hard time taking down Universal's The Purge: Election Year, which was made for a mere $10 million. After crossing $300 million in just 12 days, Finding Dory enters its third weekend ready to rule once again. After a 46% drop in its second weekend (42% without including Thursday previews) a holiday »
- Brad Brevet
Over the past decade, Mexican filmmakers, producers and production companies have galvanized the country’s cinema industry with radical, sometimes brutal movies. Now, that wave — Carlos Reygadas, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gerardo Naranjo, shingles Canana, Mantarraya and Cine Pantera — has become a new talent tsunami with a second generation riding along, broadening Mexico’s industry base and recent trophy trawl.
Mexico’s first wave boasts some of Mexico’s biggest movie achievements: Cannes director awards for Reygadas (2012’s “Post Tenebras Lux”) and then Escalante (2013’s “Heli”). Those helmers still promise some of Mexico’s biggest big fest and market films: the upcoming “Where Life Is Born” from Reygadas and “The Untamed” from Escalante, Canana’s crime/corruption thriller “The Black Minutes,” with Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) and Diego Luna.
“I’ve been telling a lot of independent U.S. directors that it’s easier to shoot in Mexico, »
- John Hopewell
Madrid – Eight-part “La Habitación,” Sebastian Hiriart’s “Carrion” and Ricardo Silva’s ‘William, el Nuevo Maestro de Judo,” all winners at Los Cabos in Progress last November, will now segue from Mexico to Cannes to feature in the Cannes Film Market pix-in-post initiative Los Cabos Goes to Cannes.
They will be accompanied by Astrid Rondero’s “The Darkest Days of Us,” chosen by the Tribeca Film Institute from Los Cabos 2014 lineup to feature in the Tfi’s Latin American Fund initiative.
Much expanded, and a highlight of this year’s Cannes Film Market – the Goes To Cannes work-in-progress initiative kicked off with just one showcase in 2013 – the Goes to Cannes showcases feature brief introductions to excerpts from films presented by their producer and/or director.
Los Cabos Goes to Cannes kicks off an eight-strand program of movies in rough-cut tapping into some of world’s fastest-growing events – Los Cabos, Panama – regions – Central America, »
- John Hopewell
[[tmz:video id="0_9t4xpj11"]] Adele kicked off her world tour by helping a female fan take a leap of faith ... dropping a Leap Year proposal on her boyfriend in the middle of the concert -- but it did not go as planned. No one will question the power of Adele's voice, but during Monday night's show in Belfast ... even that wasn't enough to convince the reluctant dude to say "yes" to his gf. Watch ... things got uncomfortable when the »
- TMZ Staff
If you're a fan of the romantic comedy Leap Year, then you know that it's a tradition in Ireland on leap day for women to forgo gender roles and propose to their boyfriends instead of the other way around. Adele is well-aware of the fun custom, so to kick off her 25 world tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday night, the "When We Were Young" singer helped a fan propose to her boyfriend on stage. In a video captured by someone in the audience, Adele (who looked incredible!) brought a lucky girl up in front of everyone to pop the question. "He said maybe in a little while," the woman revealed, to which Adele responded, "You have to say a proper yes, bruv!" The man, named Neil, finally said yes, and Adele was absolutely delighted. Watch the cute moment above, then check out the adorable shout-out Adele gave her own boyfriend at the Brit Awards! »
- Quinn Keaney
Feel like 2016 is flying by at an alarming rate? The bad news: Yes, yes it is. The good news: We get an extra day this year, Feb. 29, to fill things out a little bit. It’s a rare extension that occurs only every four years, with rare exceptions. But how did this extra day come about, and what does it mean to you? Read on. TheWrap has the answers you didn’t realize you were looking for. So why do we have Leap Year, anyway? Believe it or not, the universe does not move in lockstep with our puny human calculations. »
- Tim Kenneally
February 29 is Leap Day and with it comes several traditions... Buying a little extra time on that rent check, celebrating newborn babies who will only technically have birthdays every four years, oh, and there's that old school tradition in Ireland where women can propose marriage to men. You're probably familiar thanks to the Amy Adams' documentary* on the subject, Leap Year, in which a woman follows her boyfriend to Dublin to pop the question. (*Note: This is a 2010 romantic-comedy film, not a documentary.) Obviously, this is an outdated move. Anyone can propose to anyone else—or not propose at all. Whatever works best for a couple. In fact, there are several female »
Happy Leap Day - and Leap Year, too, of course. And if you're one of the few who happen to be born on this day, happy birthday - finally! Leap Day is literally the rarest of dates on which anything can happen, but it's not without its merits and its not without its share of historical happenings. It's just that it gets a lot fewer of them, as a result of a cruel quirk of the Gregorian calendar. In case you've written this day off as just an extra 24 hours tacked randomly onto the shortest month, well here's a list »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Last Leap Year in 2012 there was more than one TV character celebrating their once-in-every-four year birthday. In honor of today being another leap day, I thought it would be nice to acknowledge them here. Fictional though they may be, we’re wishing Sue, Jerry, and Cameron a happy birthday! Sue Heck (The Middle) may be the greatest teenage girl role model in television history. She’s always got a smile on her face no matter the many (and I mean many!) misfortunes she faces in life. In the season 3 episode titled “Leap Year” Sue was eagerly excited about her big
TV Sitcom Characters Who Celebrate Leap Day Birthdays »
- Jen Winkler
Monday is Leap Year Day, an otherwise insignificant marker of the passage of time except that our calendar is weird. Because time, its measurements and our perception of it have always fascinated me, I am enthralled by the way we react to this “extra” day.
As we established a few weeks ago, I’m old. I’m so old that, when I was a kid, there was no feminist movement – at least not one that extended to Youngstown, Ohio. So I learned that girls didn’t ask boys out on dates, or propose, or do anything but wait to be noticed. The ideal woman, I was told, was beautiful, thin, blonde, busty, demure, sexy and, perhaps most of all, quiet and undemanding.
The only exception was on Leap Year Day. On the day, girls could propose marriage.
(By the way, for a look at these ideas that show how completely screwed up they are, »
- Martha Thomases
Dominique McElligott, who most recently starred in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has been cast as a series regular in Amazon’s pilot “The Last Tycoon,” Variety has learned exclusively. She will star alongside Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins in the period piece drama.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” centers on Monroe Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930’s, who is based on real-life film mogul Irving Thalberg. The series would follow Monroe as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, Pat Brady (played by Kelsey Grammer) who is inspired by MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer.
McElligott will play Kathleen Moore, a pretty and intelligent waitress who works at the restaurant frequented by most of the studio’s writers, which is where she meets Monroe who »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Happy New Year everybody and welcome to 2016! With a whole new year (366 days, with the Leap Year) ahead of us, what better way to kick things off than with new Academy Award predictions? Well, I’m sure there are better ways, but this is what I’ll be doing today, anyway. Voters are now making use of their ballots, all of the films have been released, and almost everything that’s going to be seen has been seen. The movies still in contention now await the news as to where the Academy is going to cite them or not on nomination morning. With all of that going down currently, it makes perfect sense for a new set of predictions to share with you all. Here goes nothing… What you’ll notice below (in addition to a tinkering with the three Shorts categories) is that The Big Short has made a »
- Joey Magidson
15 items from 2016
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