15 items from 2014
This weekend, you should either go see Boyhood or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available to stream (at least until the next screening of Boyhood is available). Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, grow up all over again in Compton, Tokyo, Athens, Georgia, and small-town New Zealand.Boyz n the Hood (Stream on Netflix)Don't let the recent Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction fool you: When 24-year-old John Singleton picked up a Best Director nomination in 1992, making him the youngest filmmaker in Oscar history to do so, he earned it. Early on, Boyz n the Hood could be confused for a South Central–set Stand by Me, 10-year-old Tre Styles drifting through a childhood of ball-busting friendships and bullies. Tree and his buddies even find a dead body. But unlike Stand by Me, there's no »
- Matt Patches
A riveting BBC political thriller offering one of the most trenchant explorations yet of the sick symbiosis between big government and big business. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jason Isaacs and Ben Daniels
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I wasn’t planning on writing anything about this. I only came across it on Netflix (it’s available in the U.S. and the U.K., but not Canada) because I’m crushing on Ben Daniels (just inducted into the Boyfriend Hall of Fame) and there were no Law & Order: UK reruns on at that moment and I needed a fix. And this had Jason Isaacs in it, too! Double yum.
But oh my god, now that I’ve finished all seven episodes — it’s a limited miniseries, so that’s all there will ever be — I feel like I »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This past May on NBC saw a reimagining of Rosemary’s Baby, the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, with a miniseries adaptation of the same name. Now that the baby has been delivered to the world, it could be dropping by your house for a visit via home media.
Set for an August 19th release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries comes with a couple of bonus features:
Press Release - “Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”). The miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and »
- Derek Anderson
With "Grace of Monaco" shaping up to be a camp classic in the making - several critics out of Cannes have called out the film's "unintentionally hilarious" qualities - our minds immediately traveled back to favorite guilty pleasures of yore, from the utter perfection of old standards like "Mommie Dearest" and "Howard the Duck" to newer entries in the "so bad it's good" canon like Taylor Lautner's "Abduction" and Will Smith's "After Earth." Throw in a few under-the-radar gems ("Mac and Me," anyone?) and you've got yourself a damn fine way to spend a lazy weekend. After scrolling through the gallery below, vote for your favorite guilty pleasure in the poll further down. »
- Guy Lodge, Melinda Newman, Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Liane Bonin Starr, Dave Lewis, Louis Virtel
Ever since the lineup of the Cannes Film Festival was announced last month, gossip sites have been salivating over an unlikely scenario: a red carpet run-in between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The “Twilight” co-stars and former off-screen couple both will be in attendance, although they likely won’t be posing for photographs together.
Pattinson arrives on the Croisette with a pair of anticipated films: the Hollywood-set drama “Maps to the Stars,” a competition title from his “Cosmopolis” director David Cronenberg; and “The Rover,” a midnight-screening thriller set in a futuristic Australian Outback, and helmed by “Animal Kingdom’s” David Michod.
Stewart appears as a supporting character in the Olivier Assayas drama “Clouds of Sils Maria” (playing in competition); has a market screening of “Camp X-Ray,” about a guard at Guantanamo Bay who strikes an unexpected friendship with a prisoner; and is attached to the project “Equals,” a sci-fi love »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The pairing of new filmmakers Soham Mehta and Rajiv Shah is presenting Twilight’s Taylor Lautner with the chance to finally flex his acting muscles, in a forthcoming dramatic road movie. With the actor confirmed as being in negotiations for what is effectively the lead role, Run The Tide has taken a big step toward the big screen.
The film follows a man (possibly Lautner) who kidnaps his younger brother and heads for the California coastline, in an attempt to escape the clutches of their drug-addicted mother as she is released from jail. Making a desperate break for the life they always wanted, the siblings find themselves closely pursued by their mother and her ex-husband.
The screenplay for this movie – written by Rajiv Shah – has already begun to generate a great deal of positive word of mouth. As his first feature length script, it won the Grand Jury Prize for »
- Sarah Myles
The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché
Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his award winning triumph to feature length with Before I Disappear. Something gets a little lost in the translation, however, in this tale about a vagabond hipster loser who actually inspires less empathy the more time we experience his dilemma on screen. It takes the right blend of melancholy personality to strike the correct balance of the loveable, love-struck loser (i.e., Joaquin Phoenix in Her) and Christensen, who casts himself in the lead, doesn’t feel quite right, though character and narrative development are partially to blame for the ambivalence as well. It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending. »
- Nicholas Bell
Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton has resurrected a long gestating biopic of late rap icon Tupac Shakur. Singleton, who directed Shakur in his 1993 film Poetic Justice, will also produce and help re-write the Untitled Tupac Shakur Project alongside scribes Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez, whose last credit was a direct-to-video sequel to Street Kings.
Even though his filmography has been spotty in recent years, with 2 Fast 2 Furious and Abduction, returning Singleton to his West Coast roots will probably bode well for the director. The project also takes on more significance since he was a friend of Shakur’s. “Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton told Deadline. “His passing deeply affected my life. As well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.” The Untitled Tupac Shakur Project could signal Singleton’s return »
- Jordan Adler
The long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic has spent the years being swapped back and forth between “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua and “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton, but now it appears the film has finally found its helmer. THR reports Singleton—who originally left the project in 2011—has officially signed on to the project and will not only direct the biopic but also produce and rewrite the the script. Per the trade, Singleton “will begin working on a draft of the screenplay immediately, with an eye toward a summer start date.” Though he started his career making critically acclaimed films focused on life in the inner city—Singleton was the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Director and the first African-American to boot—his work in the new millennium has had a clear commercial bent with films like “2 Fast 2 Furious” and the Taylor Lautner franchise non-starter “Abduction. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Singleton announced the news on twitter, saying: “The time has come to tell your story. I promise to keep it real and true to your sould. Bigg Js50 Niggaaz/Thug Life.”
The film follows the rapper’s rise to being one of the most popular MCs as well as his increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry, and his death on September 7, 1996 when he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”
There’s still no »
- Laura Frances
Writer-director John Singleton defined urban drama with films like Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, and Higher Learning, but his reputation took a serious hit in 2011 with the major misfire Abduction. The Taylor Lautner-fronted thriller was a box office flop that was totally loathed by critics. Now, Singleton is looking to turn his flailing career around by helming the long in-development Tupac biopic. Variety reports Morgan Creek has signed up Singleton to produce, direct and rewrite the Untitled Tupac Shakur Biopic. The movie is expected to follow the rise of the rap star to fame, fortune and controversy. Then, it will conclude with his untimely murder at the age of 25. Speaking out about this opportunity, Singleton told Variety: "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with. His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world." Fans might recall »
John Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct and produce an untitled biopic of the late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur. Morgan Creek is financing in collaboration with Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. He will begin working on a draft of the screenplay immediately, with an eye toward a summer start date. With Singleton's involvement, the long-stalled project is getting a second life. Antoine Fuqua was attached to the project before falling off. Singleton also was loosely onboard as recently as two years ago, but his deal never closed, and he turned his attentions to the Taylor Lautner starrer Abduction. The
- Tatiana Siegel
The filmmaker will also produce and re-write the script, which has been worked on by Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. Work will begin immediately on the script, with the producers now focusing their efforts on finding the right actor to portray Tupac Shakur, in hopes of starting production as early as this June. The film will chart the rapper's rise to success, and his murder in 1996, after a Las Vegas boxing match, which still has not been solved.
The project has had a tumultuous history, starting with a legal battle between Morgan Creek Productions and the rapper's mother Afeni Shakur over his life rights. The case was eventually settled, with Afeni Shakur now serving as executive producer. Antoine Fuqua »
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They save the day, they get the girl, and they do it all while looking oh-so good. HollywoodLife.com is taking some time to salute the hottest big-screen action heroes — in honor of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opening in theaters this weekend — and we think we’ve put together a pretty solid list of guys, if we do say so ourselves. So get those clicking fingers ready, then dive into our gallery of today’s hottest action movie stars.
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- Hollywood Life Staff
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
15 items from 2014
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