20 items from 2015
The inner turmoil of Chantal Akerman's new documentary, which premiered in the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival, is clear from its paradoxical title. Brazenly called No Home Movie, it consisting almost entirely of footage of the great Belgian director's elderly mother in her home in Brussels. In this strict confinement, No Home Movie is shot digitally in a far more loose and imprecise technique than Akerman's film-films, but is still composed around the director's characteristic structural motifs of closed and open doors, windows, and other constricting frames within frames. With few external excursions (mysterious intercessions of footage of the Israeli desert, as well as Chantal, while traveling in anonymous hotel rooms, Skyping her mother), No Home Movie is a taut but patient observation of the emptying stillness of a home inhabited by someone getting older and sicker."Your camera, every time," her mother cluckingly, affectionately nags, when »
- Daniel Kasman
70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, The Holiday) returns to the director's chair to deliver another slice of... Read More »
- Sean Wist
A retired widower tries to break out of his funk by taking on an unconventional job in the second trailer for Warner Bros.' The Intern. Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway lead an all-star cast in this new comedy from Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers, who directs the dramatic comedy from her own screenplay. The Intern is slated for release on September 25, going up against Before I Wake, The Green Inferno and Hotel Transylvania 2.
In The Intern, Robert De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). What starts as somewhat of a joke, this internship becomes much more fulfilling than anyone could have expected. »
Donald Trump might have some serious competition in the form of a socialist from Vermont. In a new Quinnipiac poll, Bernie Sanders beats the billionaire real estate mogul head to head 44 percent-39 percent. Trump trails Hillary Clinton by an even bigger margin — 12 percentage points — and VP Joe Biden, should he enter the race, by 13 points. Also Read: Why Media Doesn't #FeeltheBERN for Presidential Contender Bernie Sanders - It's Complicated Sanders and Trump have drawn the biggest crowds among candidates. The Vermont senator has attracted crowds of over 10,000 people at his rallies, tapping into a populist outcry against »
- Jordan Chariton
The countdown to finding out A's identity is just weeks away, although let's be real -- will "Pretty Little Liars" really tell us who Rosewood's resident stalker is, or will this be Ezra Fitz / Toby Cavanaugh / Mona Vanderwaal / every other character ever all over again? Only time will tell. Either way, "Pll" is ramping up its secret spillage, so get caught up with the latest in our recap. Spoiler alert: the liars remain confused about literally everything.
Ali Drugs Her Dad (#Casual), Charles Dilaurentis Gets Really Enthused About His Birthday
Remember last week when Charles Dilaurentis wrote his dad that creepy note and was like "Lol, I'm alive!" Well, poor Mr. Dilaurentis is deeply traumatized, and decides he should probably flee Rosewood to protect his himself. Uhm, yes, that is a great idea. The first great idea that's ever been on this show. But of course Alison ruins everything, drugs her dad with sleeping pills, »
- Mehera Bonner
With Fox planning to bring X-Men to the small screen, we look at a few possible comic series that could be adapted...
Fox's apparent plans for a live-action X-Men series gives the fans of mutant's mutant superheroes a reason to be excited. Not just because it promises more screen X-Men that most of us ever thought possible, but also because there's a chance they might delve into a few areas of the license that, realistically, aren't ever going to make it to the movie screen.
The core concept of X-Men - essentially 'people with superpowers' – has lent itself to hundreds of different takes over the years. Assuming that they don't want to simply recast the big names and run two competing franchises based on the same core team (and they might well do this!) where else might they go to find the basis of the TV show?
Some of the »
According to the New York Daily News, Mindy Kaling and her gentleman friend B.J. Novak have sold a book about their "weird as hell" relationship. The duo (don't say couple!) will reportedly earn $7.5 million to tell the story of what Kaling calls their "romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments." According to the News' sources, the new book will be announced at BookCon on May 30, during an event to promote Kaling's other new book, the essay collection Why Not Me? And yet the only thing we got for choosing "It's Complicated" on Facebook was disapproving glances from family and friends. »
- Nate Jones
Warner Bros just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "The Intern" drama/comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, and Nat Wolff. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Ben Whittaker (De Niro), a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway). The new movie is written and directed by Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give, It's Complicated) and is set to hit theaters on September 25th. Trailer: »
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for their upcoming comedy, The Intern. Written and directed by the oscar-nominated filmmaker Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, Something's Gotta Give), the film stars Robert De Niro as Ben Whitaker, a retired widower who decides to get back in the game by becoming a "senior intern" at a major fashion company, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Before long, Ben proves himself a valuable member of the team and an important person in Jules' life. The Intern also stars Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam Devine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin and Zack Perlman. The film arrives in theaters September 15, 2015. Trailer via Warner Bros. Pictures. The trailer is essentially three minutes of Robert De Niro complimenting Anne Hathaway in varied, but always earnest, ways. Is his character constantly doped up on Valium or something? This is definitely a Nancy Meyers movie. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Message to any transgender rappers -- do Not follow Bruce Jenner's lead, 'cause hip-hop culture's not ready for that kinda thing ... at least according to hip-hop legend Erick Sermon. We got Sermon -- one half of rap pioneers Epmd -- in NYC, and when we asked if hip-hop would welcome a transgender performer at this point ... he went on a rant. Sermon said, "They're taking the culture too far. It's just too far to be going. »
- TMZ Staff
Blac Chyna says Tyga didn't just text her out of the blue this week trying to get back with her ... she says he's been making that play for 7 months. Sources connected with Blac Chyna tell TMZ ... the text -- in which he said "I want to be with u" -- was the last in a flurry of texts, conversations and private face-to-face meetings in which he made his play to reconcile their relationship. Sources close »
- TMZ Staff
Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
VinCat's season three relationship status? It's complicated. Beauty and the Beast returns for its highly anticipated third season on Thursday, May 21, and after months (and months) of waiting, we finally have your exclusive first look at all the romance drama that's in store for Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine (Kristin Kreuk)—including plans for a proposal. "I am going to ask Catherine to marry me," Vincent reveals to his Bff Jt (Austin Basis) in the exclusive promo. Go on, Beasties, get all your cheers out. We'll wait! But before you pop the champagne and start ordering wedding gifts, "It's almost too good to be true," Catherine says...because it just might »
Bloodline's pilot left us with an explosive cliffhanger, which, as it relates to this episode, remains unexplained. What we do know is that Danny's still in town, and he intends on sticking around. Why? Well, classic Danny: It's complicated. Right now, he has one foot in two camps: He wants to avoid whatever he was escaping in Miami — and he'll do whatever is necessary to do so; he also wants to set things right with his family and entrench himself in their collective future. If the first episode convinced you Danny’s character was complex, the second does the same for nearly everyone else in the Rayburn clan. After skipping his bus home, the black sheep's faithful douche-pal Eric comes to his rescue: Danny can crash with Eric's sister (Chloë Sevigny) under the radar, as long as he helps on a sketchy job for some dangerous people. Back home, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Regular readers of this site will know how strongly we feel about the excellent movie Pride, which we ranked as one of our firm favourites of 2014. We spoke to writer Stephen Beresford ahead of its release, and since then, he's picked up a BAFTA for his work on the movie.
We caught up with him for a chat looking back at the last six months, as Pride arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK...
I wanted to catch up with you to get the 'during' and 'after' story for Pride, as we spoke originally just before it's release.
You have that lovely line in the film - "to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well that's the best feeling in the world". This film »
Ellen Dossett, a 71-year-old lesbian, recalls the violent clashes in 1960s Birmingham, Alabama, where she was a white student in her 20s and threatened with expulsion from her Baptist college if she sided with blacks in their struggle for civil rights. "I just didn't have the courage to go up against the authorities in my life," says Dossett, who is still an active member of a Baptist church in Birmingham, "and that has been a big regret of mine." But her resolve to stand up for her beliefs grew - and in 1992, with a daughter newly born to Dossett and her female partner, »
- Jeff Truesdell, @jhtruesdell
One of the biggest questions fans have when it comes to Gotham is: When will we get to see The Joker. While that might not happen in Season 1, the seeds of this super villain's story will be planted well before the finale. We might not get to see The Joker in the flesh, but his arrival in Gotham Season 2 will surely be hinted at.
The second half of Gotham has enough to keep true DC Comics and Batman fans happy, as it introduces Dick 'Robin' Grayson's parents. We'll also be seeing villains The Scarecrow and The Red Hood. Executive producer Bruno Heller goes onto promise that we'll get a tease of the Clown Prince of villainy before this year calls it a close. But it will be a very small, almost minuscule taste:
"We've said you're going to be waiting a bit longer for it, but this is America -- nobody wants to wait. »
Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) has been talking about directing the third installment in the "28 Days Later" franchise for many years. Today we have an update from Alex Garland, the writer of the original film. "We've just started talking about it seriously. We've got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility," he explained. "It's complicated. There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, but there's a possibility." We know that there were some rights issues, but everything worked out back in 2010. And regarding the idea, Boyle previously confirmed that the story would take place in Russia. Stay tuned. »
Garland, who penned the novel on which Danny Boyle's "The Beach" was based, has built up a solid resume over the past decade - penning the scripts for "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Dredd," "Never Let Me Go" and the video game "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West".
During his talks with the press, the "28 Days Later" franchise came up in discussion and Garland confirmed to IGN that "quite serious conversations" are underway about "28 Months Later," a third film in the horror franchise that would follow-on from the 2002 original and its 2007 sequel:
"We've got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility. It's complicated. There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, »
- Garth Franklin
Alex Garland has said that "serious conversations" have been had about 28 Months Later.
"We've just started talking about it seriously," he told IGN. "We've got an idea.
"Danny and Andrew and I have been having quite serious conversations about it, so it is a possibility. It's complicated.
"There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, but there's a possibility."
Garland wrote 28 Days Later and produced its sequel 28 Weeks Later.
He recently directed Ex Machina, which will arrive in UK cinemas on January 21 and in the Us on April 10. Watch a clip from the movie below: »
20 items from 2015
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