13 items from 2015
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even a “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of »
- Jessica Kiang
It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned. I’m “biast” (pro): love George Clooney; big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We geeks have been getting teased and taunted by the prospect of Disney and director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille) Tomorrowland for so long now, without getting anything more than vague hint of what the movie is actually about, that it seems inevitable that the actual film must be a disappointment. So is it?
Not at all. In fact, it’s a glorious reminder — in this era of reboots and remakes and sequels and based-on-something-else movies — of the joy of discovery that we get far less frequently at the movies these days. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Country music? Done. Oscar-nominated films? Done. Next, Tim McGraw is taking on the small screen.
The singer/actor is set to star in and executive-produce Robbers, an upcoming drama project at TNT, our sister site Deadline reports.
Based on Christopher Cook’s 2000 novel, Robbers follows two ex-cons on a crime spree across Texas. McGraw will play Ray Bob, one of the drifters, who is described as the “worst of the worst.”
McGraw is a newcomer to TV, but his film credits include The Blind Side, »
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Truck yeah! Tim McGraw is taking "Country Strong" to new heights, as evidenced by these wild pics of him working out (and looking insanely ripped) at the Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego, Calif., on Wednesday, April 29. The "Shotgun Rider" singer, 48, was photographed sweating it out with a few pals before his show later that evening. There were lunges involved, plus what looked like burpees or push-ups. At one point, the country superstar even did a handstand. Unlike his workout buddies, McGraw went shirtless for the [...] »
Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor. »
- D. Zhea
Who loves velociraptors, pizza with anchovies, and Gwyneth Paltrow's 2010 movie Country Strong? Chris Pratt! The Jurassic World star took to Reddit to do an Ama for fans and divulged a lot about wife Anna Faris, former costar Nick Offerman, and his pop culture tastes. Turns out, his favorite movies are very likely some of your favorites, too! (Maybe not Country Strong, but you probably like The Goonies, right?) Take a look below to see his favorite movies, plus one TV show! Ok, it's Game of Thrones. »
Brace yourselves, Star-Lord is finally on Reddit! After finding out that some awesome Op duped millions of people on April Fools' Day into getting a picture of Chris Pratt's abs to the top of Reddit — with the lie that he said he'd do an Ama if they did — the actor happily obliged this afternoon (while apparently hung-over) and answered a few questions. (Having a summer blockbuster to promote was probably also a big factor.) Ever the charmer, Pratt gushed about his wife, clarified that Jurassic World is definitely not a reboot, and revealed his secret love for Country Strong. He even premiered a new clip from Jurassic World that has him desperately trying to outrun that new super-dino. Here are just a few of the gems he dropped: All the ways he'd describe Nick Offerman: "Nick is a best selling author. He is a very rare breed. He »
- Dee Lockett
"Stay weird. Stay different." That was the advice of Best Adapted Screenplay winner Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") to kids out there who might one day follow in his footsteps, but it also could have been the motto for the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night. The weirdness of the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars wasn't in the results -- for the record, I went 18 for 24 in my predictions, which is more a testimony to how closely the voting followed conventional wisdom than it is to my crystal-ball skills -- but in the presentation. The show was full of Wtf? moments, some wonderful, some cringeworthy, some merely bizarre, and all of them memorable. Here are some of the weird and different Oscar moments that viewers won't soon forget.
1. "Moving Pictures"
- Gary Susman
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" on this year's Feb. 22 kudocast. "Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage," says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw. In addition to his three Grammy Awards, 14 Acm Awards, 11 Cma Awards, 10 Ama Awards, McGraw has numerous film acting credits including 'The Blind Side,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Country Strong' and the upcoming 'Tomorrowland.'" Oscars -Break- New: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories For Michael Ordona, "Some writers say they don't set out to make a statement but to ask a question. For Alejandro »
Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. “We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell. Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.” “I’m honored to be asked to »
- Josh Abraham
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell. Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this »
- Michelle McCue
Gwyneth Paltrow's no stranger to singing, so it makes sense that she'd step up to the mic during a visit to The Tonight Show. Of course, this is Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, so if a guest is singing, Fallon has to join in. Which leads us to this: Paltrow, 42, and Fallon, 40, singing old-timey Broadway versions of popular Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean songs. Fallon's done this bit before with Anne Hathaway, but watching Paltrow sing Big Sean's "I Don't F— with You" is quite a thing to behold. Between this, Country Strong and her appearances on Glee, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
13 items from 2015
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