15 items from 2015
Key players from two of this year’s biggest indie darlings are teaming up, with word that The End of the Tour star Jason Segel is joining the cast of Collateral Beauty, the next film from Me, Earl & the Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Segel will join the already-cast Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in the pic, which follows a New York advertising executive (Jackman) who experiences a crippling personal tragedy. His co-workers devise an unusual way to break him out of his depression, and the results are far different than anything that they could have expected. Gomez-Rejon is expected to shoot the project this fall.
Though the actor’s involvement isn’t a done deal yet, it’s a great move for Segel, who ventured into more dramatic territory recently when playing tormented novelist David Foster Wallace in the James Ponsoldt-directed End of the Tour. Simply put, he delivered a career-best, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Following Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are already both set to work together again on Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Now it's looking as if they'll be joined by Jason Segel, who's in talks to take on an as-yet unspecified role.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also »
One of the big breakout films of Sundance this year is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the festival in January. It's the second feature film directed by up-and-comer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who also directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the remake) before Me and Earl. Deadline has announced his next project, titled Collateral Beauty, from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Switch, Just Go with It, Rock of Ages). Not only that but Gomez-Rejon has lined up talented performers Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara to star in the film, which has financing in place from PalmStar Media and Likely Story. So what is the new film about? According to Deadline, Collateral Beauty has a plot that centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a "deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise »
- Alex Billington
Having just worked together as, respectively, Blackbeard and Tiger Lily on Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are set to be reunited. They've both signed on for Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which according to Variety revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also directed this last year's clever remake of »
Later this summer fall, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara will bring audiences into Joe Wright's "Pan." Iit seems the pair hit off because they've quickly lined up a new movie together. Read More: Joe Wright Enters Fairy Tale Land With First Trailer For 'Pan' With Hugh Jackman And Rooney Mara The duo will star in the indie drama "Collateral Beauty." Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who is running hot following the huge Sundance reception — which included two awards — for "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl," will direct the story about a New York City ad executive who slips into depression following a tragedy. So it sounds very promising, but our only reservation is that the script is from Allan Loeb, who tends to churn out stuff like "The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," "Rock Of Ages," and "Here Comes The Boom." No word on when it will shoot, but »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sunday (May 3) night's "Last Man on Earth" finale brought Will Forte's Phil Miller full circle, which has been a long, 13-episode process. First he was the last person on Earth. Then Carol arrived and he was just the last man on Earth. Then Todd came and he wasn't even the last man on Earth. Then there were more people and soon he wasn't even the last Phil Miller on Earth. Over 13 episodes, Phil went from alone, to living what he thought was the dream, to realizing his dream was a nightmare and, by the finale, he was sent packing by the community that he brought together and he was, briefly, isolated again before Carol look pity on him. And, at the very end of the episode, Phil Miller was going off to a different location with the woman he thinks he loves for now, but we discovered that he »
- Daniel Fienberg
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
How would Jon Snow behave at a dinner party? Watch and see. "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington was on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Monday night, so Seth set up an SNL-style sketch called "Seth brings Jon Snow to a dinner party." In the 5-minute video, you see Seth with his NYC friends, then Jon in full Night's Watch attire. Turns out, he knows nothing about being a good dinner party guest. Or maybe it's everyone else who has it wrong. After all, winter is always coming. Eventually. If only Seth had invited Debbie Downer, she and Jon would really hit it off. Stay to the end, »
- Gina Carbone
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
Time travel can be a tricky subject for a film to nail down, and it grows even tougher when it comes to a sequel. 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine made it clear in its title the exact tone it was going to take with the material, but it still allowed for a very basic set of rules and a healthy supply of laughs. The less creatively titled Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a big, sloppy step in the opposite direction. Lou (Rob Corddry) is still riding high on his acquisition of other people’s ideas and successes and lives a lavish lifestyle with a trophy wife, a drug addiction and a butler. Jacob (Clark Duke) is a smart guy — aside from missing the fact that he’s his father’s butler — but he’s lost in Lou’s dick-shaped shadow. Nick (Craig Robinson) has followed Lou’s lead and made a successful career off of other »
- Rob Hunter
It's Tuesday, which means "Pretty Little Liars'" fab four are up to their usual antics: being ritualistically stalked by a deranged sociopath while simultaneously making terrible decisions when it comes to their love lives! This week, the liars dealt with their relationship drama (spoiler alert: Rip Spoby), went head-to-head with A in a dance-off, and -- most importantly -- found out the jaw-dropping truth about Mona Vanderwaal's death. Hint: she faked it! Maybe.
Spencer Cheats On Toby, Makes Us Doubt True Meaning of Love
You're probably wondering if that misguided grifter named Jonny is still living in Spencer Hastings' backyard. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Even worse, their horrifying Watership Down mural is poached and illegally put in a gallery, prompting them to steal back their work. Bad call for all kinds of reasons, but mostly because Toby Cavanaugh drives up in his cop car full of buzz kills and ruins everything. »
- Mehera Bonner
Park City — Sometimes the elements of a movie just gel together so well and you find yourself enjoying the ride so much that you instantly forgive the material for any of its inherent limitations. Case in point: John Crowley's new drama "Brooklyn," which premiered Monday night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After 20 minutes I'd written the not-so positive words "earnest" and "cutesy" in my notebook. Almost an hour and a half later I was so moved by what had transpired I was fighting back the tears. The picture isn't the achievement expected festival grand prize jury winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is, but it's a damn good movie on its own terms. "Brooklyn" is based on the popular novel by Colm Tóibín and was adapted by another celebrated author, Nick Hornby ("About a Boy"). It begins in the early 1950s where Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) doesn't see »
- Gregory Ellwood
In recent months, Jennifer Aniston has been on a very serious press tour for Cake, which goes into wide release tomorrow and failed to net her an Oscar nomination. But just a few years ago, she was in a decidedly more chill mood and gave an under-the-radar interview that was a truly delightful incongruity in a world of talking points and message control. Let us revisit this weirdly honest moment in publicity history.In early 2011, Aniston was the female lead in the justifiably forgotten Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It. As part of the film's promotional push, Sandler and Aniston dropped by the set of Moviefone's low-budget online interview show Unscripted, in which two stars simply sit and read each other questions submitted by fans. Neither Sandler nor Aniston seemed particularly excited by the notion of talking about the movie, so they mostly used the time to bullshit with »
- Abraham Riesman
Lifetime scored big Saturday night with the premiere of its Whitney Houston biopic and two other programs related to the late singer.
Nielsen estimates that an average audience of roughly 4.5 million watched “Whitney” from 8 to 10 p.m., making Angela Bassett’s directorial debut the week’s most-watched cable entertainment program. It’s also Lifetime’s most-watched telecast since 6.06 million watched the premiere of “Flowers in the Attic” on the comparable Saturday one year ago.
In key demos, “Whitney” earned a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 — more than doubling the top-rated broadcaster in the time period (ABC’s premiere of Adam Sandler feature film “Just Go With It” did a 0.8/3). It also did a big 2.5/10 in women 18-49.
More than 90% of the viewers stuck with Lifetime at 10 p.m. for the special “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney,” which averaged 4.1 million viewers. And at 11 p.m., the special “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, »
- Rick Kissell
We know you’ve been staring at your calendar for months now. But don’t fret, because it’s finally here. Pop culture’s most defining evening — which awards only the finest in entertainment — is finally upon us. We’re not talking about the Oscars, Grammys or Emmys, but rather something much more important and career-changing: The People’s Choice Awards.
The 41st PCAs air tonight at 9 Pm Et on CBS, and anything can happen. This is the night where pop culture enters The Twilight Zone and suddenly films like Grown Ups (2010) win excellence awards and Katy Perry is music’s biggest prodigy. It’s just a tad bit head-scratching, but we wouldn’t have the PCAs be any other way. Hey, Adam Sandler deserves his day in the sun too, right?
Here are 10 things that will probably only happen at the PCAs. Check ‘em out, and let us know »
- Christopher Rosa
Aniston first gained recognition for portraying 'Rachel Green' on the sitcom "Friends" (1994–2004), earning her an 'Emmy' Award, a 'Golden Globe' Award and 'Screen Actors Guild' Award.
She rolled this fame into a number of comedies and romantic features including "Bruce Almighty" (2003), "The Break-Up" (2006), "Marley & Me" (2008), "Just Go with It" (2011), "Horrible Bosses" (2011) and "We're the Millers" (2013).
In "The Good Girl" (2002), she was nominated for an 'Independent Spirit Award' for Best Female Lead and is currently receiving critical acclaim for her work in the drama "Cake" (2014), with Best Actress nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, portraying "...an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group, as she grapples with her own personal demons..."
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- Michael Stevens
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