13 items from 2014
Jude Law is one of those rare actors with both incredible dramatic depth and a brilliant knack for comedy. Over the years, he’s delivered powerhouse performances in dark fare like Cold Mountain and Contagion but also shown off his funny bone in films like Sherlock Holmes and, more recently, Dom Hemingway. Law’s ability to balance both acts makes him a huge asset to every project he signs on for, which is why he’s one of Hollywood’s most consistently acclaimed stars. Now, we’re hearing that Fox has snagged him for a supporting role in their upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper.
Law will join Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham in the film, which is set to hit theaters next summer. Paul Feig, who previously worked with McCarthy and Byrne on their breakout comedy Bridesmaids, is set to both write and direct Susan Cooper. For now, »
- Isaac Feldberg
New York -- Casting has been completed for Steven Soderbergh's production of The Library, with Lili Taylor and Jennifer Westfeldt among those joining previously announced lead Chloe Grace Moretz in the ensemble of Scott Z. Burns' new drama about gun violence and our relationship to truth and lies. Ben Livingston, Michael O'Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie will also be featured in the play's world-premiere production, which stars Moretz as a girl who survives a deadly high school shooting and struggles to tell her story amid the ensuing media circus. Burns has been a repeat collaborator of Soderbergh's as screenwriter, on Side Effects, Contagion
- David Rooney
Digital Release Date: April 1, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Comedy movie Ride Along is one of those movies that scored way better with moviegoers than critics, $118.5 million at the box office better!
The film stars comedian Kevin Hart (This Is the End) as videogame junkie and security guard Ben whose marriage proposal has just been accepted by his girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, Sparkle). The problem is, Angela’s bad-ass detective brother-in-law James (Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street) doesn’t think he’s worthy.
To make Ben prove it, James invites him on a 24-hour ride along of Atlanta, and along the way, they attract the attention of the city’s most notorious criminal.
Both the DVD »
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is responsible for scripts such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Bourne Ultimatum, but it may be his “trilogy” of films with Steven Soderbergh that really stand out: The Informant!, Side Effects, and Contagion developed a vision of modern communication that is pessimistic, to say the least. Now Burns is attached to direct […] »
- Russ Fischer
Based on Maxine Swann's New York Times Magazine feature and described as a "modern day Lolita," the story follows a divorced theoretical particle physicist who meets a Czech bikini model online.
The two begin to correspond and plan a life together, but she asks if he would deliver a special package to her - a request that puts him in serious danger.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Scott Z. Burns is eyeing a move behind the camera. The writer of such films as The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion is in talks to direct The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble for Fox Searchlight. Last year, Searchlight optioned the strange true story chronicled in Maxine Swann's The New York Times Magazine feature. Photos: 10 Outrageous Quotes From The Oscar-Nominated Screenplays Described as a modern take on Lolita, the story follows Paul Frampton, a divorced theoretical particle physicist, who meets Denise Milani, a Czech bikini model, on the online dating site Mate1.com. Milani's pictures on the site show a dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty with a supposedly natural Ddd breast size. The two
- Tatiana Siegel
A gooey nostalgic look back at that time a young boy’s mom fell in love with their kidnapper, presented under a sexy sweltering summer haze. I’m “biast” (pro): love Reitman, Brolin, and Winslet
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ladies! Single? Lonely? Starved for human touch? Why not get yourself kidnapped and held hostage by an escaped convict? Guaranteed relationship starter!
I kinda couldn’t believe this is where Labor Day goes. I’m kinda dumbfounded it does so without the teensiest sense of irony or even a hint of awareness that this could be problematic. Stockholm syndrome as actually, genuinely, for-reals romantic? Are they kidding us?
They are not kidding us.
I… I can’t even.
It’s Labor Day weekend in 1987, and single mom — and very likely clinically depressed »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While still dabbling in helpful cuts of his director friends’ films, Steven Soderbergh has kept to his word of retiring from theatrical moviemaking. Currently in the midst of completing his Cinemax miniseries “The Knick”, he—as usual—hasn’t kept satisfied with simply one project on his plate; rather, after much talk of bringing his 2012 stripper pic “Magic Mike” to the Broadway stage, he’s instead selected Off Broadway as his choice for a gripping drama featuring one of Hollywood’s talented young actresses. Variety reports Soderbergh has chosen “Carrie” and “Laggies” actress Chloe Grace Moretz for the lead in his new Off Broadway play “The Library," which marks the New York stage debut altogether for Soderbergh, Moretz, and the play’s writer, Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”, “Side Effects”). The play follows a young woman (Moretz) who survives a school shooting and struggles with the aftermath in her relationships to her parents, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The multi-talented and prolific Steven Soderbergh has long discussed his desire to retire from making films, so it came as no surprise when, in 2013, he finally took those steps and “transitioned” away from cinema. With a growing distaste for an industry more driven by the bottom-line than ever, Soderbergh is spreading his impressive wings and heading off-Broadway with Chloe Grace Moretz.
Working with a play written by his frequent collaborator Scott Z Burns (The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects), Soderbergh will direct The Library at New York’s Public Theater, previewing on 25 March 2014. The play addresses the controversial subject of gun-control and high school shootings, focusing on a young survivor (Moretz), and the differences between the story she tells, and that told by other witnesses.
Oskar Eustis – the Artistic Director of The Public Theater – provided an inkling of the project in a press statement:
“The Library is about one of the »
- Sarah Myles
It makes sense that a year of alarmingly frequent public shootings would be followed by a play about gun violence. The one in question is called The Library and was written by Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, Contagion, The Informant). The Hollywood Reporter writes that director Steven Soderbergh — who’s worked with Burns in the past — signed on to direct the new drama. As for the cast, only Chloë Moretz has been announced so far, as a survivor struggling with her parents, authorities and a shifting media narrative in the aftermath of a high school shooting. All three will make their off-Broadway debut when the show opens at The Public Theater in New York on April 15. »
- Delia Paunescu
Steven Soderbergh may have retired from movies, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped directing. The Oscar-winning filmmaker will make his New York theater debut directing “The Library” with Chloe Grace Moretz at the Public Theater this spring. It’s provocative sounding fare, centering on a school shooting survivor who finds that her story is distorted in the media coverage of the tragedy. Moretz, who is best known for her work in the ultra-violent “Kick-Ass,” will make her New York theater debut, as well. Scott Z. Burns wrote the script. He previously collaborated with Soderbergh on “Side Effects” and “Contagion. »
- Brent Lang
The Library, which will premiere this spring at Off Broadway’s Public Theater, is a world premiere drama from frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, who penned Side Effects, Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The play explores the effects of gun violence on high school student Caitlin (Moretz). After she survives a deadly shooting at her school, Caitlin struggles to relay the story to her parents and the police, »
- Marc Snetiker
A tight-knit group of college friends reunites for the first time in 14 years for an unforgettable celebration in The Best Man Holiday, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet on February 11, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The all-new sequel to 1999's beloved ensemble comedy The Best Man finds all nine friends together again for a reunion packed with laughter, love, and surprises. The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive bonus features that include an alternate ending and deleted & extended scenes.
The film's stellar ensemble cast includes Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Taye Diggs (Baggage Claim), Nia Long (Soul Food), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball) and Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality), all reprising their career-launching roles, as well as Eddie Cibrian (Good Deeds) and John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) in »
13 items from 2014
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