15 items from 2015
The weekend was significantly down from 2014--the second lowest of a decent 2015 so far; only Super Bowl weekend did worse. No distributor wanted to position a strong entry the week before a juggernaut like "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Also, this past week nearly all distributors, theater owners and film buyers were attending the annual exhibitors' convention Cinemacon. All sides preferred an easy week without complications that could arise from an overcrowded release calendar. Only one new wide release opened. Lionsgate targeted women with "The Age of Adaline," which fared best on Friday, then fell to third overall for the full weekend. Yet another film from a Sundance/specialized director ("Celeste and Jesse Forever"'s Lee Toland Krieger), the $30-million domestic-driven romance opened to less than $14 million, which will be a challenge to recoup given marketing costs. While another 1,000 theater-plus opener, Open Road's »
- Tom Brueggemann
The Age of Adaline tells the story of a 27-year-old woman who loses the ability to age through a miraculous accident.
The Age of Adaline opens on April 24 in the Us and May 8 in the UK. »
April is just around the corner and that means there are a bunch of highly anticipated movies on deck. "Fast 7," "Ex Machina" and, of course, "Avengers: Age of Ultron." One film that you should really pay attention to, however, is "The Age of Adaline." Directed by Lee Toland Krieger ("Celeste and Jesse Forever"), "Adaline" is an original story about a woman (Blake Lively) who magically or accidentally stops aging after a major car accident. As the years pass she sees her friends and family get old and die as she continues to somehow enjoy immorality. Can she truly continue "living" this way? The movie's trailer does a superb job of teasing how the film recreates a 100 years of our heroine's life thanks to some amazing costumes by Oscar winner Angus Straithe ("Moulin Rouge!"), a beautiful score by composer Rob Simonsen ("Foxcatcher," "The Spectacular Now") and some impressive cinematography by relative newcomer David Lanzenberg. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Travel through time with Blake Lively and discover Adaline Bowman through the decades with a series of nine character posters for The Age of Adaline. After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman, played by Blake Lively, is a women that has lived a life on the run, never allowing herself to get close to anyone. That is until her chance meeting with the charismatic Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman).
This new found passion for love and romance puts her in a situation that threatens to expose her secret. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) may uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. Amanda Crew, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Harmon, Anthony Ingruber, Anjali Jay and Lynda Boyd co-star in this drama from director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever), written by J. Mills Goodloe (Conspiracy Theory) and »
“To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true,” Cooley told Variety. “When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”
- Scott J. Davis
Disney Pixar has announced that Josh Cooley, who served as head of story on this summer's Inside Out, will co-direct Toy Story 4, alongside John Lasseter. The sequel was first announced back in November, with the studio setting a June 4, 2017 release date and bringing on Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who co-wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, to write the screenplay. Here's what Josh Cooley had to say to Variety about Toy Story 4.
"To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!"
No voice actors have been confirmed, but Toy Story 4 »
“It will be a romantic comedy,” Morris said, according to reports from Disney Latino (and translated by the Daily Telegraph).
The film marks the return of director John Lasseter, who helmed the first two “Toy Story” films. It will be written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who penned the 2012 rom-com “Celeste and Jesse Forever.”
Morris said that the franchise is headed in a new direction and will not be a continuation of the massively successful third installment, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide and was nominated for a best-picture Oscar.
“In temperament it is, but it will be a love story,” he said.
He also added that the film will not put much emphasis on the relationship between toys and children. »
- Seth Kelley
Back in November Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that John Lasseter would return to helm a fourth instalment of Pixar’s super successful Toy Story series. Little to no details were divulged except for the fact that Lasseter loves “these characters so much, they are like family to us…We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before.”
And now the first plot details have started to filter out.
Speaking to Disney Latino, studio president Jim Morris had some very interesting things to say about what direction Toy Story 4 will be taking. The following has been translated from Spanish to English:
“It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus »
- Gavin Logan
When the announcement was made that there would soon be a Toy Story 4 in production, many fans of the franchise expressed deep dismay at the perceived unnecessary gamble with the legacy of what might just be one of the most perfect trilogies ever to grace a cinema screen. Vocal dissenters argued that Toy Story 3 was an enviable ending that simply could not be bettered. Regardless, Toy Story 4 has continued its way to realization. But now, Pixar President Jim Morris has given some broad details to Disney Latino (translated by /Film).
“The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn, I do not know if [it] will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind.
“It is not a continuation of the end of Toy Story 3. »
- Sarah Myles
With "Toy Story 3" effectively serving as a trilogy capper, it was a surprise when word came that a fourth film in the series was in development. Pixar studio president Jim Morris recently spoke with Disney Latino where he confirmed that the next film is Not a continuation of "Toy Story 3". Instead, it's something you might not expect - a rom-com:
"The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind. It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. »
- Garth Franklin
Do toys fall in love? That sounds like the most important question at the heart of Toy Story 4. Pixar studio president Jim Morris recently held a conference with Disney Latino, where he revealed some new information about the latest entry in the Toy Story Franchise. And he says that it won't be a continuation of Toy Story 3 and is not part of the original trilogy which kicked off in 1995 with Toy Story.
Toy Story 3 served as a great climax for the story of Woody and Buzz and their journey as toys. It sounds like Pixar doesn't want to tread on old territory with their new animated adventure Toy Story 4. While he doesn't go into too many specifics about the storyline or which characters will be at the center of it, Jim Morris does go onto call it a 'romantic comedy'. He explains:
"The third movie ended »
Witness Blake Lively as Adaline Bowen, a 29-year-old who miraculously doesn't age, in the new trailer for the enchanting romantic drama, The Age of Adaline. Get a closer look at Adaline and the obstacles she must face while living life on the run to prevent others from finding out her secret. This all-star cast also includes Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn, when The Age of Adaline hits theaters everywhere on April 24.
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. »
Joe Swanberg is continuing his ascension from making movies with friends, to making movies with celebrities, and now making movies with a major studio. The filmmaker has signed up to helm "Work Wife" for New Line. Rob McKittrick (“Waiting…”) wrote the latest draft of the script that "follows a pair of thirty-something lawyers who attempt to find out if they really can date a co-worker." No word yet on when it will shoot. [The Wrap] Lee Toland Krieger is another movie maker shifting gears. He's done drama ("The Vicious Kind"), romantic comedy ("Celeste And Jesse Forever"), romantic fantasy (the forthcoming "Age Of Adaline"), and now he's going into action-thriller mode with "Vanish Man." It will follow "a man who helps people escape their troubled lives by staging elaborate deaths and creating new identities. He finds himself enlisted by the FBI to track down the one client that was not supposed to disappear. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Netflix came into Park City this year with all the bearings of a big spender, but the streaming giant never made the massive purchases that many analysts had expected it to. Instead, the company has picked up documentary Hot Girls Wanted as its first Sundance acquisition.
The film, directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus in collaboration with the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, looks at the modern world of pornography and focuses on the young women who make a living in the lucrative industry. It critically examines how amateur performers are routinely exploited by their employers. Netflix will premiere the doc sometime this year.
“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach »
- Isaac Feldberg
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
On The Eve Of This Year’S Sundance Film Festival, Past Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Holy Rollers, Starring Nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Makes Its Free VOD Debut Exclusively On Snagfilms Available Beginning January 20th, this Ripped-from-the-Headlines Crime Drama, Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker Kevin Asch (Affluenza), Co-Stars Justin Bartha (The Hangover), Ari Graynor (TV’s “Bad Teacher”), Danny A. Abeckaser (The Wolf of Wall Street), Q-Tip and Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Paulie); it Will Be Available to View Online at SnagFilms.com, and All Supported Devices, Including Their Multi-Platform App
New York, NY (January Xx, 2015) – Inspired by actual events in the late ‘90s in which Hasidic Jews were recruited as drug mules, Holy Rollers was a Gotham Award winner and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee in 2010. On the eve of Sundance 2015, the crime drama, starring Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
15 items from 2015