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Ever since appearing as Gameskeeper Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games, Wes Bentley has been on a roll, taking on parts in small-scale projects like romance Hidden Moon, SXSW entry Things People Do and biopic Cesar Chavez, but expect the actor to step up his screen time in the coming months. Already this year, Bentley has shot roles in such buzzy films as Interstellar, Knight of Cups and Final Girl. Additionally, the actor has a supporting role on FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. Now, it’s been announced that Bentley’s next project will be We Are Your Friends, an Edm-centric drama which centers on an up-and-coming DJ.
In the film, which will mark Catfish investigator Max Joseph’s directorial debut, Zac Efron plays a troubled, aspiring DJ named Cole, who eventually finds his place in the world of electronic dance music (Edm). Bentley will portray James, described by Deadline as “a wealthy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Since 2010, Paul Giamatti has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors, appearing in 19 films in the past five years. Some were great (12 Years a Slave, Win Win), and some were not so great (Rock of Ages, The Hangover Part II). However, regardless of the role, Giamatti was almost always a high point of the film. Now, the trusted character actor (and occasional leading man) has an exciting new role in his roster, as Jerry Heller, the controversial manager of the pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., in the music biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Before he managed the influential group, Heller represented pop acts like Journey, Reo Speedwagon and Marvin Gaye. After he co-founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. member Eazy-e, Heller oversaw one of the genre’s defining records by the group, one which shares its title with this biopic.
However, he later became synonymous with ripping off the rappers. Several »
- Jordan Adler
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is warming up and the first few films in the line-up have started to share some first or new images. Earlier today you saw Arnold Schwarzenegger taking care of his Zombie daughter, now it’s time to see Adam Sandler as The Cobbler. I swear these sound like passed over SNL sketches the more I read about them. The Cobbler is the latest from Win Win, The Visitor, and The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Here’s the »
- Graham McMorrow
Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.
Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I »
- Sarah Myles
Earlier today a handful of films were added to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival line-up, and one of which is the latest from Win Win director, Tom McCarthy, a comedy called The Cobbler. Adam Sandler leads as a guy named Max Simkin, a disillusioned shoe repairman who happens upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see things from their perspective. With the film now locked to make its world premiere in the Special Presentations program, two The Cobbler images have hit the web. We don’t have the official schedule just yet, but the film will screen at some point during the festival’s September 4th – 14th run. In the meantime, hit the jump for those two images. The Cobbler also stars Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
A bevy of major stars have just entered into talks for Spotlight, a film focusing on the sex abuse scandals that have plagued the Catholic Church. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci are all in “advanced talks” for parts in the project, which is to be directed by Win Win helmer Thomas McCarthy.
Spotlight focuses on the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, who spent a year interviewing victims to uncover multiple cover-ups by the Catholic Church. Their work resulted in the eventual resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, as well as the revelation of dozens of sex abuse scandals involving priests – ones that continue to plague the Catholic Church today. The Globe team eventually won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for their coverage. Ruffalo and McAdams are in talks to play the reporters in Spotlight, but it is not yet clear which parts Keaton and Tucci will be taking over. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The drama that Win Win writer/director Tom McCarthy intends to make about the journalistic investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molestation incidents now has a name: Spotlight. Now the filmmaker is looking to building a strong ensemble for the project, with Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton Rachel McAdams, Aaron Eckhart and Liev Schreiber all in various stages of talks.It’s based on the Pulitzer-winning investigative reporting by Boston Globe staffers Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, special projects editor Ben Bradlee and the paper’s overall editor, Marty Baron, who kicked off the story in the first place after seeing a report about a Boston priest who was accused of molesting children.As the team dug into the case, they discovered a wide-ranging conspiracy by Cardinal Bernard Law, who moved guilty priests to different parishes to hide the allegations, whereupon »
Developing for well over a year now, not much has been heard about Tom McCarthy's Catholic church sex scandal drama since last summer, when Matt Damon was named as a frontrunner to star in the project. That didn't happen, but the "Win Win" and "The Visitor" director has still managed to attract a pretty terrific cast, with his movie now gaining some very definite forward traction. The Wrap and Deadline reports that Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are aboard the movie that is now titled "Spotlight." The true story tale centers on the journalists at the Boston Globe -- Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team Editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, Special Projects Editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and Globe Editor Marty Baron -- who discovered and exposed that Cardinal Bernard Law, America's Senior Catholic »
- Kevin Jagernauth
• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest in Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve-set comedy. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie will star as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual night-before-Christmas bash. Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) will play Rogen’s wife in the film from writer/director Jonathan Levine, who previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the cancer comedy 50/50. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci are in advanced talks to board the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal film Spotlight. The ripped-from-the-headlines drama chronicles the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts that came to light thanks to a yearlong investigation by The Boston Globe. Tom McCarthy (Win Win) is directing. Ruffalo and McAdams would play reporters. Insiders say McAdams' part is a supporting role. Participant Media is financing the film, which is being produced by Michael Sugar and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye
- Tatiana Siegel
A disenchanted master chef reclaims his love for cooking and his family during a rollicking road trip through some of America's most mouthwatering food destinations in Chef, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet on September 30, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Writer, director, actor Jon Favreau (director Iron Man, Elf) stars in this heartwarming comedy with something on the menu for everyone. The Chef Blu-ray Combo Pack include uproarious deleted scenes, as well as feature commentary from Favreau and the film's technical advisor and co-producer, food-truck pioneer Roy Choi.
An online feud with an influential food critic (Oliver Platt) and a creative disagreement with his investor (Dustin Hoffman) convince Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) to hang up his apron at a posh Los Angeles bistro and get his mojo back in Miami's Cuban-inspired cuisine. When his ex-wife (Sofía Vergara) helps him get a fresh start with a rundown food truck, »
• Elle Fanning is attached to star in the film adaptation of the Ya novel All the Bright Places—before the book even hits shelves. The love story by Jennifer Niven is about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. It won’t be published until Jan. 6, 2015. [Variety]
• Emily Ratajkowski, the model best known for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” music video, will star opposite Zac Efron in the coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends. The film marks the directorial debut of Catfish star Max Joseph, who co-wrote the script with Meaghan Oppenheimer. »
- Jake Perlman
After getting very up close and personal with Robin Thicke in the Nsfw music video for his somewhat sketchy song “Blurred Lines,” model Emily Ratajkowski experienced an almost meteoric rise to fame, landing on the cover of GQ and bagging a key supporting role in this fall’s Gone Girl, a David Fincher-directed Oscar contender based on the thriller by Gillian Flynn. Now, she’s taking more steps to cement her current status as Hollywood’s new It Girl by signing on to star opposite Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends.
Max Joseph, co-star of MTV’s Catfish series, will be directing the film, which he scripted with Meaghan Oppenheimer working from a story by Richard Silverman. A coming-of-age drama, We Are Your Friends takes a look inside the worlds of electronic music and the Hollywood nightlife. As per Deadline:
“An aspiring 23 year old DJ named Cole (Efron »
- Isaac Feldberg
Melanie Lynskey has a conjurer’s ability to mine the vulnerability of characters without sinking into sad-sack caricature. Whether as a troubled teenager in her stirring debut “Heavenly Creatures,” George Clooney’s younger sister in “Up in the Air,” Matt Damon’s wife in “The Informant!,” a fresh-out-of-rehab mother in “Win Win,” or a recent divorcee working her way through a rebound romance with a much younger man in the underrated “Hello I Must Be Going,” Lynskey always serves the story without ever blending into the scenery. Her latest film is “Happy Christmas,” from writer-director (and in this case co-star) Joe Swanberg. In it, the New Zealand-born actress gets to use her native [ Read More ]
By the time the next film from Steven Spielberg hits theaters, it will have been nearly three years since Lincoln hit theaters. That just goes to show you how hard it is to find the right project or even get one made, regardless of whether you're an iconic filmmaker or not. But Spielberg is hard at work on getting an untitled Cold War thriller off the ground, aiming to begin shooting this fall, with Tom Hanks reuniting with the director for a fourth time. And now Deadline has a line on some supporting cast members with Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win) and veteran actor Alan Alda both taking roles. But that's not all. More below! In addition, TV stars Billy Magnussen ("Boardwalk Empire") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick") have landed roles, joining stage star Mark Rylance as part of the supporting cast. For those who haven't been following the project, »
- Ethan Anderton
Blu-ray, DVD and digital Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba
The sports movie is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) whose career is not going well.
To try to save his career, Bernstein goes to India to produce a competition reality show called “The Million Dollar Arm.” He hopes to find a cricketer who he can turn into a baseball pitcher.
With the help of cantankerous retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin, Stand Up Guys), Bernstein discovers two men who have no idea about playing baseball but can throw a mean fastball. Bernstein brings them to America, and the culture shock begins.
Amir here with the weekend’s box office report and a painful personal story. Win win.
The national anthem of China is playing loudly at the Bay residence, the Chinese flag is at full mast, everyone’s pockets are full of Yuans. Trans4mers has become the best selling foreign film in China, raking in an astonishing $90m, making one of the richest men in Hollywood just that much richer. Add that to the film’s massive American gross – the best of 2014, so far – and we have collectively encouraged Michael Bay to continue jerking off on screen. We have to put a stop to this people! Has anyone ever been so amply rewarded for so much disservice to this medium?
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01 Transformers: Age Of Extinction $100 New looking back at the 1986 movie
02 22 Jump Street $15.4 (cum. $139.8) Podcast
03 How To Train Your Dragon 2 $13.1 (cum. 121.8) best movie dragons ever
04 Think Like A Man Too $10.4 (cum. »
- Amir S.
The universal theme of personal principle vs. human necessity gets a workout in languid but inexorably powerful morality play, “Runoff.” Set against the backdrop of an economically challenged rural America, and driven by a riveting performance from Joanne Kelly (TV series “Warehouse 13,” “Hostages”) as a woman who discovers how far she’s willing to go to save the family farm, the film is an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director Kimberly Levin, and could sustain an arthouse run for a savvy distributor with a nationwide strategy. After the movie’s debut in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the bees in the field won’t be the only things buzzing.
A slow montage accompanied by an appropriately foreboding dirge of drum and strings shows us elements of the food chain — establishing the thing most at risk in the film — before the camera settles in on Betty Freeman (Kelly »
- Bill Edelstein
Will Blended be remembered the nadir of comedian Adam Sandler’s film career? I certainly hope it will be, because I simply can’t imagine a worse film than that mess of offensive cliches (and yes, that includes Jack & Jill). Additionally, Sandler’s upcoming projects actually look – dare I say it – promising. He’s got The Cobbler from Win Win writer-director Thomas McCarthy and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children both in the can, and now Sandler is getting down to business filming sci-fi adventure Pixels. Today, veteran character actor Brian Cox joined that last film, further raising my hopes for what already sounds like an interesting project.
Directed by Chris Columbus (who helmed the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Pixels is a big-budget sci-fi action adventure which stars Sandler as a video game champion enlisted to fight off invading aliens. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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