14 items from 2014
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
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Two families—led by two single parents—will have to survive their vacation in the 2014 film Blended, the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler (Grown Ups) and Drew Barrymore (Going the Distance).
After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.
Directed by Frank Coraci, who previously collaborated with Sandler and Barrymore on The Wedding Singer, Blended co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Joel McHale (TV’s Community), Kevin Nealon (TV’s Weeds) and Terry Crews (Gamer).
Released wide to theaters in May, »
The mutants ruled the multiplex over Memorial Day weekend. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" shot to the top of the box-office heap over the holiday, bringing in $91.4 million Friday-Sunday and an estimated $111 million Friday-Monday in over 4,000 locations, making it the second-largest opening of any "X-Men" film behind only "X-Men: The Last Stand." That Brett Ratner-directed threequel brought in $102.8 million over Memorial Day weekend 2006 (and $122.8 million over all four days). Among more recent entries in the "X-Men" franchise, "Days of Future Past" was a vast improvement on 2011's "X-Men: First Class" ($55.1 million opening) as well as last summer's "The Wolverine" ($53.1 million), while among Memorial Day weekend openers it ranks fifth of all-time behind 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The World's End," 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and last summer's "Fast & Furious 6." As compared with other superhero entries this year, "Days »
- Chris Eggertsen
Usually after a date goes wrong the couple go their separate ways with the avowed intention of never seeing each other again. But according to the new Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy it seems such people are missing a trick, as you can use it as a springboard to get a whole bunch of free stuff. Posing as a happy man and wife in order to qualify for a holiday at a luxury resort, it isn’t long before the chemistry starts to flow and the former car crash daters fall in love for real without the need for pina coladas or the act of getting caught in the rain. This is the premise for Blended, the pair’s third movie together and the first to reunite them with the director who started their onscreen partnership in The Wedding Singer back in 1998, Frank Coraci.
With Sandler and Barrymore now firmly into middle age, »
- Steve Palace
They found love with each other in the last year, and now, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long spend their Monday nights watching other people look for love on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Seyfried stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday to promote A Million Ways to Die in the West, and while there, she opened up about her low-key love life with the Going the Distance actor. "We do everything together," the 28-year-old actress said. Seyfried then clarified, "But, we don't do much." "We walk my dog. We make these smoothies in the morning—they're called 'Greenies.' He got me into that. Super healthy," Seyfried shared. "And then we watch The Bachelor and The »
It’s not possible to define or categorize the work of writer-director Michael Almereyda in simple terms. Turning in interesting, arresting film work since the early 1980s, across a number of disciplines, he moves between genres with ease and develops passionate projects. Up until now, his most well-known film has been 2000′s Hamlet, starring Ethan Hawke, although that may well change once his upcoming project, The Experimenter, is in the can.
Starring Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine), the film tells the story of famous social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who designed the Obedience Experiments at Yale University in 1961. The experiments observed the responses of people who were made to believe they were sending painful electric shocks to strangers. The producers of this independent project – Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Aimee Schoof and Isen Robbins – explained that The Experimenter will encompass much more than just one set of research, however:
“The experiments were about conformity and authority, »
- Sarah Myles
• Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to star in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s 2012 novel The Light Between Oceans. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who discover an infant and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the child as their own in post-World War I Australia. Fassbender can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [THR]
• Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly the top choice to star opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. She was supposed to work with Cruise on Joseph Kosinski’s 2013 film Oblivion, »
- Lindsey Bahr
This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around. But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them. May is kicking off the summer movie season this year with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which brings us to our first star… Emma Stone »
- Drew McWeeny
New Line is going on “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever,” buying the movie rights to Clare Benson’s tale of a three-week date and titling the project “No Baggage.”
“Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes,” Benson wrote in her article for Salon.com. “It sure beat meeting for coffee.”
Benson, a writer based in Houston, said the journey went well despite the lack of belongings.
“On the surface, we appeared to be sure candidates for ‘World’s Most Unlikely Pair,’” she wrote. “He’s a wildly energetic university professor who is always on the move. I’m a reclusive writer who spends hours identifying new constellations in the ceiling paint.”
The duo made no plans in advance, Benson noted.
“With no stuff, moving to the next destination was as simple as getting out of bed and pointing to a dot on the map,” she said. »
- Dave McNary
Drew Barrymore has revealed her latest pregnancy craving—Chinese food! The actress posted a couple of pics on her Instagram account over the weekend of her chowing down on some delicious-looking dim sum. "Dessert! #iheartchinesefood," she captioned the funny shot, in which she holds up the Asian noodles with her chopsticks. In the photo, Olive's mama wears her hair in a messy ponytail and goes makeup-free. In another snapshot, the 50 First Dates star sits at the table surrounded by multiple dishes and looks up at the camera before taking a bite. "Dim Sum Brunch #iheartchinesefood!!!!!," she wrote. The Going the Distance beauty, who is due to give birth any week now, »
If you follow the handy and regularly updated news service that is Simon Pegg’s Twitter feed, you know that his collaboration with Terry Jones and some of the other Monty Python veterans, Absolutely Anything is about to start shooting. And another comedy regular has jumped aboard, with Rob Riggle signing on.Pegg is playing Neil Clarke, a disillusioned teacher who discovers he has magical powers, albeit in more of a Thor sense of the word, because the abilities come from some alien interlopers. The extra-terrestrials in question will be voiced by director Jones alongside old pals John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, with Robin Williams stepping into the voice booth to provide vocals for the main man’s dog, Dennis. Kate Beckinsale was a recent recruit, set to play Catherine, the object of Neil’s affection.Riggle, a veteran of The Daily Show and films such as 21 Jump Street and Going The Distance, »
Why Watch? Swelling music, moony-eyed lovers kissing as waves crash and uncontrollable sobbing may not be your style on Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s hard to see that style being truly popular anymore. We seem to like thing a little more ironic now, and Lana McKissack is happy to oblige with a giant set of teeth and an ugly wig. This parody from director Nathan Moore mashes up The Wolf of Wall Street with the cutthroat world of stale chocolates to deliver a send up of the holiday that rivals last year’s Zero Dark Thirty romantic interrogation. It’s fun, breezy and hits all the right marks. Plus, you can catch a glimpse of Fsr’s Broken Projector co-host and Going The Distance screenwriter Geoff Latulippe ineptly trying to sell people romance. What Will It Cost? About 3 minutes. A New Short Film Every Weekday »
- Scott Beggs
To celebrate the theatrical release and upcoming roadshow of the SXSW comedy "Love & Air Sex" (f/k/a "The Bounceback"), the filmmakers have teamed with Indiewire to help you realize your dreams of becoming an Air Sex Champion -- or at least get some quick cash for your hump-and-grind skills. The film opens theatrically in select theaters February 7th, kicking off their cross-country Air Sex Road Show, and is now available to watch on iTunes and on demand. Read More: The Hilarious Sara Paxton on Going the Distance for 'Love & Air Sex' To kick off the theatrical release and cross-country Air Sex Road Show tour of the movie, the filmmakers are ponying up $1,000 of their hard-earned Kickstarter loot towards one lucky winner’s Air Sex ambitions. What is Air Sex, you say? Watch this: Then, enter the ‘Love & Air Sex Tape Contest’: Upload a video of your routine to »
A shy guy goes to extremes to impress the girl of his dreams in the IFC Films theatrical release A Case Of You, a witty romantic comedy starring Justin Long, who makes his debut as screenwriter and producer. Directed by Kat Coiro (And While We Were Here), it comes to Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films and Mpi Media Group on February 4, 2014, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.
Wamg is giving away Blu-ray copies of the film to 3 of our lucky readers!
Young Brooklyn writer Sam (Justin Long, Going the Distance, He’s Just Not That Into You, Drag Me to Hell) works for publisher Alan (Vince Vaughn, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers) passionlessly cranking out novelizations of junk movies like Teen Vampire. But his real creative challenge comes when he falls for Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood, The Ides of March, Mildred Pierce, Across the Universe), the cute and quirky barista at his »
- Movie Geeks
It's fitting that, just weeks away from a new Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, that Espn's amazing "30 for 30" documentary series would turn its attention to the scandal that rocked the Winter Olympics 20 years ago: the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that was organized and carried out by associates of Kerrigan's rival (on the ice and off) Tonya Harding. The resulting documentary, "The Price of Gold" (airing tonight on Espn) is a brilliant, oftentimes heartbreaking examination of the external pressures and internal psychology that led to the violent attack, full of wonderful new interviews and telling archival footage. While most remember the attack and the resulting media circus, few probably had any understanding of the events that led it, something that director Nanette Burnstein ("Going The Distance," "American Teen") and her editors make clear in striking detail. The rivalry between Kerrigan and Harding was so vivid because the two skaters were so alike, »
- Drew Taylor
14 items from 2014
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