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Matt Damon, who was so good in carrying "The Martian," is being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He will join previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander. Here's the full press release from Psiff:
Palm Springs, CA (December 15, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Matt Damon with the Chairman.s Award at its annual Awards Gala. This year.s Awards Gala will be hosted by Mary Hart on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.
.Since his breakthrough role in Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has taken on a series of challenging roles through his career,. said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .In his latest film, The Martian, Damon dazzles yet again as Mark Watney, an astronaut desperately trying to survive on Mars, »
After cinematic adventures such as We Bought A Zoo and the recent Aloha, Cameron Crowe is returning to his music-filled Almost Famous wheelhouse – albeit on the small screen – with the Showtime series Roadies, for which we now have the first teaser trailer. Characterized as a comedy show, Roadies has been picked up for 10 episodes, and centres on the backstage crew of a touring rock band.
The series brings together some impressive talent, both onscreen and off, with Winnie Holzman lined up as showrunner, and J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk set for executive producing duties. The cast will feature Carla Gugino, Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots and Rafe Spall, among many others, and expectations of excellence are high.
Check out the press release from Showtime below for more:
- Sarah Myles
The Late Late Show with James Corden has only been on the air for just over six months, but in that short amount of time, new host James Corden has given movie fans a new reason to tune in, aside from interviews with the biggest stars. The host has a running segment entitled Role Call, where his guests such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out all of their biggest hits (and some of their flops) in a short amount of time. Last night, Matt Damon stopped by the late night program to promote his sci-fi drama The Martian, in theaters October 2, where he became the latest star to act out his entire film career in just eight short minutes.
Read More: Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Corden Run Through All of Ahnuld's Films in 6 Minutes Matt Damon's press tour for "The Martian" has been fueled by controversy, but luckily he has an entire oeuvre of films to distract you with. Appearing on "The Late Late Show" last night, Damon and host James Corden reenacted key moments from Damon's screen career, tackling even animated fare like "Happy Feet 2." With highlights like the return of Damon's "Invinctus" nose, a sneak peak at "The Martian," and an incisive distillation of "We Bought A Zoo," the whole feat takes about eight minutes. And don't worry, Damon didn't understand what was happening in "The Adjustment Bureau" either. Watch the clip above. Read More: Watch: Matt Damon is the Greatest Botanist on Mars in Endearing New 'The Martian' Clip »
- Karen Brill
Sounds like Steven Spielberg's next directorial venture Ready Player One is moving full steam ahead as the much anticipated film has just found its female lead in Olivia Cooke. Earlier this afternoon, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Cooke had landed the coveted part of Art3mis, the Oasis avatar of Samantha Evelyn Cook, beating out both Elle Fanning (We Bought A Zoo) and Lola Kirke (Gone Girl). Cooke is now currently in the process of negotiating her contract. THR adds that Spielberg was hoping to finalize the male lead simultaneously, but unfortunately hasn't been able to come to a decision just yet. It's still uncertain which direction he's leaning, but it should probably be noted that just ten days ago, Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was rumored to be an early favorite. Cooke is best known for her main role on the A&E drama Bates Motel and recently received »
With just weeks to go before the launch of “The Daily Show” under a new host, the Comedy Central program added a fresh group of regular contributors to the retooled proceedings that will be led by Trevor Noah.
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” premieres on Monday, September 28, at 11 p.m.
Chieng, who has degrees in both law and commerce, is an actor and comedian who got his start in Australia after graduating from the University of Melbourne. He made his U.S. television debut on “The Late Late Show” earlier this year.
Lydic has appeared in comedies on TV and in film. »
- Brian Steinberg
Steven Spielberg's next directorial venture, Ready Player One, has narrowed down the hunt for its coveted female lead. The Wrap is reporting that the top three contenders for the lead female role of Art3mis, the Oasis avatar of Samantha Evelyn Cook, are Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Elle Fanning (We Bought A Zoo), and Lola Kirke (Gone Girl). All three young actresses, along with two other unnamed actresses, will test for the role with Spielberg shortly after he finishes his promotional duties for the Tom Hanks-starrer Bridge Of Spies and his work on Disney's The Bfg. Olivia Cooke, best known for her role on the drama Bates Motel, recently received much praise for her role as a young cancer patient in Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and is also a contender for the lead female role in Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII. Elle Fanning, »
Chicago – Thomas Haden Church has the recognizable name, and a long career of character roles in comedy and drama. His laid-back persona gets a bit more intense as a conflicted father in the new film “Max,” about a military dog who comes home to an uncertain future with a grieving family.
What may look like a standard family film is actually an exploration of the mourning and the healing process, and the waste of war. Church is Ray Wincott, an early 1990s “Desert Storm” veteran, who sees his son Kyle (Robbie Arnell) follow in his Marine Corp footsteps to the Afghanistan conflict. One of the Kyle’s duties is to care for Max, a German Shepard who sniffs out bombs in the region. When Kyle is killed in action, Max is sent back to the Wincott family to get over his companion’s demise, but will only respond to Ray’s other son, »
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Dads are great. They watch TV with you. They play catch with you. And, most of all, they impart great wisdom and life lessons. This is especially true of movie dads, who always seem to say the perfect things. Let’s look at some things we’ve learned from movie dads. You Gotta Be Brave Matt Damon's “20 seconds” theory in We Bought a Zoo perfectly encapsulates both the difficulty and ease of finding courage, something every kid – and grown-up...
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This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and I talk about the films of writer-director Cameron Crowe. We go through and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of all of Crowe's features--Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, and Aloha--as well as his breakthrough screenwriting work for Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Over the course of our talk, we try to figure out what defines a Cameron Crowe film and why the quality of his work has declined over his past several films. Click here to download the latest episode of The Collider Podcast or listen below; click here for last week’s episode ("Tomorrowland"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. We’ll think you’re a terrific person! If you don’t like the podcast, feel »
- Matt Goldberg
Writer/director Cameron Crowe was on fire early on in his career, dishing out coming-of-age tales Say Anything and Singles right out the gate. He then dived into major critical success with Jerry Maguire before delivering the fan-favorite Almost Famous, thus cementing himself in the minds of cinephiles everywhere. Many years later came Elizabethtown, then We Bought A Zoo and now we have Aloha. As you can see,... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Everyone complains that Hollywood doesn't make original movies anymore, but when the studios actually do, they don't always know how to sell them. That was the lesson of "Tomorrowland" last weekend, and it's the source of this weekend's cautionary box office tale involving two more original wide-release movies, "San Andreas" and "Aloha."
Neither movie got very good reviews, but "San Andreas" was generally considered a sure thing, while "Aloha" was expected to disappoint. In fact, "San Andreas" opened on top with an estimated $53.0 million, well above the $35-to-$40 million pundits had predicted. Conversely, "Aloha" debuted in sixth place with an estimated $10.0 million, at the bottom end of its meager $10-$13 million expectations.
Though one is a big-budget disaster movie and the other a mid-budget romantic dramedy, the two films had a lot more in common than you might think. And yet, those elements proved an asset to one and a detriment to the other. »
- Gary Susman
Even a starry cast led by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, a counter-programming bid against action-heavy “San Andreas,” a romantic Hawaiian setting and a beloved director weren’t enough to keep “Aloha” afloat in its opening weekend.
Sony’s long-awaited Cameron Crowe romantic comedy, which washed ashore laden with a heavy cargo of bad buzz and brutal reviews, landed in sixth place this weekend with $10 million at 2,816 locations in the U.S.
But Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said the opening was “within the studio’s expectations,” and pointed to the B+ CinemaScore for the Cooper, Stone and Rachel McAdams starrer as indication that the troubled film could hold well in coming weeks.
“We’re proud of the film,” he said Sunday. “Our very talented cast is great and we believe it will leg out nicely. There are so many special moments, so it’s very satisfying for audience members. »
- Dave McNary
[Update] Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson proved he can open a tentpole film all by his not-so-little lonesome with San Andreas's estimated, beefy $54.6M domestic take. That $14K per theater average, in 3,777 venues, was much better than the predicted $40M for the Warner Bros. disaster flick. 44% of that was attributed to 3D and, with an A- CinemaScore, it looks like the film will have domestic box-office aftershocks for some weeks to come. But the U.S wasn't the only place that the tremors were felt. Overseas, in 60 markets, San Andreas ranked #1 in 55 of those markets, opening with an international cume of $60M (on 14.5k screens) resulting in a worldwide cume of $113.2M.The real winner in this story, however, is Johnson. San Andreas is the best opening for him where he was not part of an ensemble, such as the Fast and Furious or the G.I. Joe flicks. Last year's »
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Warner Bros.’ “San Andreas” is no box office disaster, with the 3D action film drawing $18.2 million on Friday, setting it on track for a projected weekend haul of $47 million at 3,777 locations and smashing past early estimates that put it around the $40 million mark. Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha,” meanwhile, was left in the dust, eyeing a modest $10-11 million weekend after a slow Friday that drew approximately $3.6 million at 2,815 sites.
Critics may not be giving “San Andreas” points for its brains, but the Dwayne Johnson film is certainly demonstrating its brawn — its strong performance is the best of Johnson’s career outside the “Fast & Furious” franchise, handily beating the opening weekend haul for “Hercules” ($29.8 million), “Pain and Gain” ($20.2 million) and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” ($40.5 million).
- Laura Prudom
Cameron Crowe‘s “Aloha” is expected to get very few greetings from ticket buyers at the box office this weekend, and the already disappointing numbers Sony is expecting may dwindle due to terrible reviews from critics. The Hawaii-set romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray has a mere 15 percent approval rating from 94 reviews counted, so far, on Rotten Tomatoes. TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde was among those chiming in with negative thoughts, and cited “Aloha” as another disappointment from the “Almost Famous” filmmaker who went on to whiff most recently with “We Bought a Zoo” and “Elizabethtown. »
- Greg Gilman
Though widely praised for his first few films including greats like "Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire" and "Say Anything," filmmaker Cameron Crowe has not had a good run since the turn of the millennium.
"Vanilla Sky" was not well-regarded, "Elizabethtown" even less so and the more recent "We Bought a Zoo" seem to come and go without a whisper. Now he's back with the rom-com "Aloha" which includes the beloved Emma Stone and well-liked Bradley Cooper teaming for something fairly formulaic that should be an easy sell. Chuck in great supporting talent like Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski and it should be - even at worst - non-offensive.
Unfortunately it's not going down that way. Critical reviews haven't just been bad, they've been scathing with the film scoring a 19% and 4.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 40/100 on Metacritic. Trying to combat the bad buzz, Sony »
- Garth Franklin
Summer’s settling in, the kids are out of school, so how about a vacation? Or at least a visit to the multiplex to take in a very popular vacation spot. And you wouldn’t be leaving the good ole’ Us of A! I’m referring to our 50th state, Hawaii. So who will you be traveling with on this cinematic stay in the Pacific’s paradise? Well, it’s a gaggle of true, “big deal” Hollywood actors and actresses. So, was it the mild temps and gorgeous beaches that lured this impressive cast here? It didn’t hurt, but the main lure may have been the chance to work with the celebrated author/director Cameron Crowe. After leaving the pages of Rolling Stone magazine, he contributed the script for the seminal 80’s teen comedy/drama Fast Times At Ridgemont High. When he took on directing in 1989, he made a »
- Jim Batts
Say hello to the first eight minutes of “Aloha.”
Sony has released a sneak peek of writer-director Cameron Crowe’s upcoming rom-com, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. The opening scene introduces viewers to the the three main characters, who are about to be tangled in a messy love triangle.
Cooper plays a disgraced ex-pilot torn better his long-lost love (McAdams), who’s now married with two kids, and the Air Force watchdog (Stone) assigned to him upon his return to the U.S. Space program in Honolulu.
The film is already being bashed by critics, earning it a putrid 8% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 50 reviews). “Unbalanced, unwieldy, and at times nearly unintelligible, ‘Aloha’ is unquestionably Cameron Crowe’s worst film,” Variety‘s Andrew Barker wrote in his review.
- Maane Khatchatourian
If you’re a dedicated Cameron Crowe fan, you may have been forced to spend part of the last 15 years repeatedly explaining why. Since Almost Famous, Crowe’s non-documentary feature output has included two movies instantly/violently rejected by both critics and the public (Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown) and one semi-soft family film that got a parody Twitter account and endless derision months before release solely due to the admittedly risible title We Bought a Zoo. His latest, Aloha, also has a dumb title and arrives savaged by Amy Pascal in emails made public as part of the Sony hack and ominously unscreened for press until the week […] »
- Vadim Rizov
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