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You-Hoo: Wolfe’s Als Drama Tries To Balance Sentiment With Schmaltz
Hilary Swank seems attracted to playing daunted heroines, continually up against considerable odds—the homophobic rednecks of Boys Don’t Cry, the white trash family unit of Million Dollar Baby, Gary Marshall’s ineptness in New Year’s Eve, and recently the misogyny of the Old West in The Homesman. Her latest drama, You’re Not You, finds the actress experiencing the deteriorating effects of Als (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. Though winning two Oscars, Swank isn’t always the herald of great cinema, more often than not making questionable choices for someone of her caliber and talent. Flanked by co-stars like Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel, a director whose last film was Nights in Rodanthe (2008), and co-written by Shana Feste, the director of sugary sap like The Greatest (2009) and Country Strong »
- Nicholas Bell
Country strong—and fabulous! While there’s plenty to love about Nashville’s Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) sequin-dripping stage costumes, it’s impossible to deny that the ladies’ casual clothes—namely, their jeans, always tailored to a T—are insanely chic, too. The country series’ stars have one woman to thank for the baby blues that help them flaunt their assets: Nashville’s costume designer, Susie DeSanto. “We are probably single-handedly keeping J Brand in business!” DeSanto told Us Weekly, reporting in from the Nashville-based set between fittings. “We have lots of their [...] »
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 “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 the characters start or end in particularly interesting places, and the journey is »
- Jessica Kiang
Awareness of Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gherig's disease) has been raised exponentially thanks to the online charity trend of the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, with donations going to the Als Association, aiming to find a cure for the disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. All the talk about support to fight disease is mere coincidence as a film called You're Not You is on the way featuring Hilary Swank as a famous pianist who suddenly finds herself diagnosed by the disease, and hires an unconventional assistant, Emmy Rossum, to help her cope. It looks pretty conventional and very melodramatic, but also pretty uplifting on some level, I guess. Watch! Here's the first trailer for George C. Wolfe's You're Not You, originally from EW: You're Not You is directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) and »
- Ethan Anderton
Have you ever sat around pining for a film to double with Country Strong in an evening of music-themed Garrett Hedlund movies that will make you cry your face off? (Or movies that want to make you cry, at least.) The answer to your prayers may have arrived. The Lullaby trailer reveals an indie family […]
- Russ Fischer
Blair Waldorf, the next singing sensation?
Leighton Meester has apparently been hiding a golden set of pipes, since the "Gossip Girl" alum just released a beautiful cover of "Fleetwood Mac" on Wednesday (March 26). Meester and her singer/songwriter friend Dana Williams recorded a gorgeous, harmonizing version of "Dreams" and put the performance up on YouTube for the rest of the world to watch over and over and over again.
Now, this song brings up a lot of questions, but the biggest one is why didn't Meester ever sing on her CW hit series? Her fans got a taste of what she could do in "Country Strong," but hearing Meester sing something other than country is even more impressive. Just imagine all of the awesome musical episodes of "Gossip Girl" the world will never see. Tragic.
Listen to her cover below:
var brightcovevideoid = '3402282878001'; We'd heard some rumors that Leighton Meester could sing, and now it appears they're true: In a collaboration with musician Dana Williams, the former Gossip Girl star sings a beautiful, lilting cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." In the video, shot in February by Williams's sister Davida, Meester plays guitar and sings backup vocals on a sensitive cover of Mac's 1977 hit, before taking the song's second verse herself. Meester, who married The O.C.'s Adam Brody in February, also showed off her pipes in 2010's Country Strong, playing a pageant queen with musical aspirations. A year earlier, »
- Nate Jones
Leighton Meester has shown off her tremendous vocal chops in the past—ahem, Country Strong—so it should come as no surprise that she would cover a hit tune effortlessly. The 27-year-old actress appears in a music video with her pal Dana Williams and the duo croon an acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac's timeless track "Dreams." Meester and Williams strum their guitars and belt out the heartfelt lyrics as they sit by a pool. The singers both shine during their solos and wow with perfect and tight harmonies. Fleetwood Mac would be proud of these two! Speaking of the iconic British-American rock band, all five members reunited for the first time after 15 years and announced »
This girl can sing!Leighton Meester first showed off her vocal chops in the 2010 flick, "Country Strong," and now she's teamed up with singer Dana Williams to cover Fleetwood Mac's '70s classic "Dreams."We love the duo's dreamy rendition of the song -- check it out above! Meester made her Broadway debut last week during the first preview performance of the latest stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the play's opening night is scheduled for April 16. The limited engagement will continue through July 27.It's certainly been quite a year so far for Meester!The 27-year-old tied the knot with Adam Brody back in February in a top secret ceremony. The cute couple kept the wedding news under wraps until toofab caught the former "O.C." star out in Hollywood. What do you think of Leighton's latest song? Tell toofab in the comment section below, »
- tooFab Staff
Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
The classic romance, called “The greatest love story of all time,” is remade in the 2014 version of Endless Love.
Teens Jade and David begin an all-encompassing love affair, but when Jade’s privileged parents try to keep them apart, the romance turns to tragedy.
Bruce Greenwood (Flight) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) star as Jade’s wealthy parents, Rhys Wakefield (The Purge) plays Jade’s brother and Robert Patrick (Gangster Squad) is David’s father.
Fact: Gwyneth Paltrow and rap group Three 6 Mafia once performed -- though (unfortunately) not together -- during the Academy Awards ceremonies (Paltrow for "Country Strong"; Three 6 for "Hustle & Flow").
Obviously, those aren't the only bizarre acts that have appeared on the Oscar stage: from A.R. Rahman's Olympic-like moment in 2009 to Bjork being, well, Bjork in 2001, the Academy Awards has been known to throw out an odd musical moment or five.
To celebrate this year's Academy Awards, let's take a look at the most ridiculous musical performances in Oscar history. »
- Moviefone Staff
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The It Crowd) Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) star in John Steinbeck’s landmark American play. Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (Franco) and Lennie (O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across The Farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own. Of Mice & Men is directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s »
- Pietro Filipponi
Conveniently, Alex Pettyfer -- the dreamy star of the hopelessly romantic "Endless Love's" -- is a hopeless romantic himself. Directed by Shana Feste ("Country Strong"), "Endless" centers on a young man (Pettyfer) who's hopelessly in love with with a wealthy girl (Gabriella Wilde). They run into conflict when her conservative father (Bruce Greenwood) adamantly opposes their coupling. HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with Pettyfer to discuss the new film, Valentine's Day, his favorite romantic movies and the possibilities of "Magic Mike 2." When asked about how he approached the role, Pettyfer explains, "I think that's its just being young and in love. I'm 23-turning-24 and I want to act »
- Dave Lewis
Director: Shana Feste.
Running Time: 103 minutes.
Synopsis: The story of a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) and a charismatic boy (Alex Pettyfer) whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
A solemn voiceover describing how the love found one summer changes lives forever is how we are introduced to this woeful coming-of-age tale of innocence lost and love gained. If you’re thinking the only way is up from there then you have seriously misjudged Endless Love, as every cliché in the book is thrown at the audience during the course of this derivative and tiresome movie.
We start with a family coping with the death of the middle son, an overprotective and grieving father (Bruce Greenwood) who hasn’t »
- Victoria Bull
Unlike Franco Zeffirelli’s notoriously over-the-top 1981 filmization of Scott Spencer’s novel, Shana Feste’s “Endless Love” seems less a misguided adaptation than a deliberate, flat-out rewrite. Feste and co-scripter Joshua Safran turn a dark tale of self-destructive romantic obsession into an innocuous fairy tale about the shining power of puppy love, set in an insulated universe where head-on collisions result in a few artfully placed bruises, and class differences arise merely to test the resilience of youthful affection. Universal is wisely opening this sugary confection on Valentine’s Day, probably the only occasion on which tweens could persuade their dates to swallow it, though it may prove too bland even for its target audience.
Unlike Spencer’s troubled adolescent, whose uncontrollable passion landed him in mental and penal institutions, David (Alex Pettyfer) may be the politest, kindest, most well-adjusted yet non-nerdy teen in cinema history. Of course, he’s also ruggedly handsome, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I can’t remember if I ever saw the 1981 Endless Love. That was the one with Brooke Shields and the pretty boy stranded on an island? [Checks IMDb.] Ah, no, it’s the other sensational teen sexfest of the era starring Brooke Shields. Which sounds nothing like the new movie of the same title, or the Scott Spencer novel they’re both allegedly based on, beyond the names of the characters. Why not just make a new movie and find a sappy new title for it? I don’t think the name recognition attached to “Endless Love” is all that strong, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hitting theaters just in time for Valentine's Day, director Shana Feste's ( Country Strong ) Endless Love brings to the screen a contemporary update of author Scott Spencer's 1979 novel of the same name, previously adapted for the screen by Franco Zeffirelli in 1981. Alex Pettyfer stars as David, a high school graduate who, in the midst of a summer of infinite possibilties, meets and falls in love with Gabriella Wilde's Jade. While their young passion for one another seems to inspire almost everyone around them (including Jade's mother, Joely Richardson's Ann), the girl's father, Hugh (Bruce Greenwood) is decidedly less than impressed with David and begins to find a way to tear the couple apart. ComingSoon.net sat down with Pettyfer, Richardson, Greenwood and Feste to »
It's not secret that Gwyneth Paltrow has a less that perfect relationship with Vanity Fair magazine and editor in chief Graydon Carter. After continuing rumors that the mag was working on an "epic takedown" article profiling the Oscar winner, Carter released a letter earlier this week claiming they were doing no such thing. But despite the bad blood, Vanity Fair tells E! News that Paltrow is invited to their annual Oscar Awards post-party this year. The party will take place Sunday, Mar. 2. While the mag has no info on the status of Paltrow's RSVP, it will be interesting either way if the Country Strong star shows up at the bash or decides to ignore the invite. Earlier this week, Carter »
There is nothing more overpowering, reckless and all-consuming than the rush that accompanies first love…in all of its intensity and obsession, possibility and promise. It is a timeless theme in modern storytelling, dating back to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, but one that remains urgently current because it serves as a rite of passage for everyone in every generation.
This Valentine’s Day, one young couple will fight against all odds for love.
Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined »
- Movie Geeks
With Batman vs. Superman now pushed off until 2016, Warner Bros. is betting on Atonement director Joe Wright’s gritty Peter Pan reimagining, simply titled Pan, to make big bucks at the 2015 summer box office. The studio is understandably keen to assemble the fantasy film’s cast so that cameras can get rolling sooner rather than later, and it looks like Wright has just committed to an actor for one of Pan‘s lead roles as Garrett Hedlund has been officially offered the part of Captain Hook.
Pan is an origin story, so when Wright’s film starts out, Peter Pan (still uncast) and Hook are actually friends, with Hook working on the crew of a pirate ship belonging to the fearsome Blackbeard. Hugh Jackman was linked to the role of the notoriously cruel pirate last December after Javier Bardem passed on it.
- Isaac Feldberg
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