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Zach Braff cemented himself as a filmmaker to watch with his debut feature Garden State in 2004, but it's taken him a decade to make follow-up Wish I Was Here. So why the long wait? After initially searching for funding and full creative control within the studio system, the former Scrubs star turned to Kickstarter after feeling resistance from the industry who'd lavished praise on his first film.
Digital Spy caught up with Braff on the eve of Wish I Was Here's UK release to discuss his eagerly-awaited movie comeback...
After 10 years away from the director's chair, did he miss it?
"I really did. I directed episodes of Scrubs and I directed a pilot and some smaller things but I was really, really excited to direct another film. I just feel most at home directing a film, I just feel like I was made to do it. I'd wanted to »
Back in April, Box Office Mojo made specific box office predictions for 20 Summer 2014 releases. At that time, it looked like it was going to be a tough Summer to predict; that theory turned out to be more true than we had imagined.Half of our picks were wildly off, which is a significant increase over past years. These inaccuracies can be chalked up to a few poor assumptions made ahead of the season.First, the predictions were made based on the assumption that July had to be the highest-grossing month of the Summer. This was based on the fact that July has been the highest-grossing month of the year in each of the last 25 years. Remarkably, July wound up being the worst month of the Summer, and as a result July releases like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Tammy, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Hercules were all noticeably overestimated. »
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It's difficult to think of a film that has inspired more urban legends than Victor Fleming's 1939 children's classic The Wizard of Oz. Depending on who you believe, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon syncs perfectly with the action (not true), the production was cursed with a series of horrendous accidents (true), and the Munchkins were all shag-happy party animals (also untrue, but a favourite talk show gag of star Judy Garland). Perhaps the tall tales have something to do with the hellish shoot, which involved five directors and at least 15 writers, or maybe it's because The Wizard of Oz is watched by a lot of stoned people.
What many don't seem to realise is that The Wizard Of Oz is itself a remake. L Frank Baum's original 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (the first in a series of more than a dozen books) was filmed »
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for September below...
Release date: September 5
Why you should see it: Dan Stevens is a long way from Downton Abbey in this upcoming thriller from Adam Wingard. The Brit actor has slimmed down, beefed up and turned violent as a soldier who infiltrates the lives of a suburban family. Critics have already been raving about the film based on festival screenings, so consider our interest piqued.
Release date: September 12
Why you should see it: In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman is on top form as a German security agent drawn into the War on Terror in Hamburg. Based on a John le Carré novel and directed by Anton Corbijn, »
The Wizard of Oz has unveiled a new trailer ahead of its return to UK cinemas with a 3D IMAX release next month.
The Hollywood classic, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has been digitally restored frame-by-frame over the course of 18 months for its fresh run on the big screen.
The film, which was re-released in the Us last autumn in IMAX format, will be back in the UK from September 12 courtesy of Warner Bros.
The Wizard of Oz won two Academy Awards in 1940, for Best Song ('Over the Rainbow') and Best Original Score, and was nominated in a further four categories including Best Picture, where it lost out to Gone with the Wind.
Disney revisited Baum's story in 2013 with Oz the Great and Powerful, a loose prequel »
Source: Fox In honor of Mila Kunis turning 31 on Thursday (not to mention her stunning mom-to-be status), we've come up with 11 reasons proving that she is and will pretty much always be our fantasy Bff. It wasn't exactly hard to do, because in addition to being ridiculously hot, Mila is funny, she's witty, and she doesn't take any crap - just check out No. 5 if you don't believe us. Keep reading for a handful of reasons why Mila Kunis should just call us back already. 1. She's like, really pretty. But she doesn't make a big deal out of it. "I was never raised to think that I was pretty. It's not that I was raised to think I was unattractive, but it was just never something that was pointed out to me by my family. They would point out personality traits - 'our daughter is really quirky' - versus what I look like, »
Despite his success, and love for comedy, James Franco (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is slowly making a name for himself as a director of book adaptation, notably the work of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulker, the latter of which is the subject of his latest film, The Sound and The Fury, adapted from the novel by the author.
In addition, and what is becoming a signature of Franco’s directorial efforts, he has called upon his plethora of famous friends, namely Seth Rogen (This Is the End), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou) and Joey King (Oz The Great and Powerful), to help him realise his latest ambitions.
Here’s the official press release, followed by some first look images…
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Maleficent managed to take the world by storm, and the Disney effort is hitting on Blu-Ray November 4th with a lot of bonus features for fans.
Despite the fact that the movie eventually started catching varying degrees of backlash, it still won over audiences everywhere, and most critics, and fans are getting the treat they deserve with the release. Check the full release info below for the full list of extras.
Disney’S Greatest Villain Comes To Life
In The Wickedly Fun, Fantasy Adventure Starring
Arrives On Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere,
DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014!
Disney’s most iconic villain “Maleficent” comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, “Girl, Interrupted,” 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, »
- Marc Eastman
A new trailer has arrived online for Left Behind, the upcoming apocalyptic thriller from director Vic Armstrong (Joshua Tree), which is based upon the series of novels from Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins and sees Nicolas Cage as an airline pilot desperate to get back to his family when he’s caught up in the Rapture mid-flight. Check it out after the official synopsis…
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage), who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele, is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.
Joining Cage in the cast »
- Gary Collinson
Howdy ladies and gentleman For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go ahead and take a look at a rather unique A-lister. Someone who vacillates between humongous Hollywood blockbusters and odd little independent films, always doing his own thing. The A-lister in question? None other than James Franco. He’s many things to many people, but he’s unquestionably a star. He’s given a few incredibly good performances, but he’s never a boring actor to watch. He’s easily one of Tinseltown’s most interesting actors to follow. Almost constantly engaging in some form of art, Franco is at his core, just that…an artist. He may be a bit of a weirdo to some, but he’s an A-lister regardless and deserves this tribute. Franco wasn’t always considered a “weird” star. He got his start basically as a heartthrob. He first came on to »
- Joey Magidson
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Venice Film Festival. James Franco might not be the first person to debut a film he'd directed at each of the three major European festivals in the same year (Ulrich Seidl recently managed the feat with his 'Paradise' trilogy, albeit not in the same calendar year). But it's an undoubtedly impressive run, especially given that Franco has spent the same period of time starring in two legitimate blockbusters in the shape of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "This Is The End," as well as working on his umpteen other projects of various shapes and sizes. He certainly wins points for his work ethic, but reaction to the films so far—"Interior Leather Bar," which played Berlin after premiering at Sundance, and "As I Lay Dying," which unspooled at Cannes—has been decidedly mixed. But nevertheless, hopes were high for his latest, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
All right you primitive screwheads, listen up. Sam Raimi ("Oz the Great and Powerful"), the father of the Evil Dead franchise surprised everyone at San Diego Comic-Con when he announced that a new Evil Dead television series was in development. The only concrete information that he provided was that he was currently in the process of writing it with Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert and his brother Ivan Raimi. Once news hit the web everyone wanted to know if Bruce Campbell would reprise his role as 'Ash,' and according to this tweet from the actor, he will! “@DeaditeBill: Only if @GroovyBruce is the Star of this new tv series will I accept. That's the plan. pic.twitter.com/m7EkBFpl1b — Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014 Campbell previously starred in the original Evil Dead, the sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. He made a "groovy" cameo in the Evil Dead reboot, »
Chicago – Zach Braff is an amiable personality, making his mark as “J.D.” on the TV sitcom “Scrubs” and the cult film “Garden State” (2004), which he wrote and directed. For his most recent project, he made show business headlines by using the website Kickstarter to “crowd fund” his latest film, “Wish I Was Here.”
“Wish I Was Here,” like “Garden State,” is a coming-of-age film. But this time Braff – who stars in the film, co-wrote it with his brother Adam, and directed it – portrays a 35 year old struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) and two kids, coming to terms with his father’s (Mandy Patinkin) illness and possible passing. Like “Garden State,” it has a dream-like quality to it, while dealing with a different phase of life.
Photo credit: Focus Features
Zach Braff is best know for his lead role as John “J. »
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It's getting to the point where maternity clothes might be cuter than actual clothes! Mila Kunis' latest baby-on-board look is the most adorable brunch time ensemble we've seen on a celebrity in months, pregnant or not! Long gone are the days of pea-in-the-pod attire being limited to giant tent dresses or skin-tight shirts, thank god. It's the combo of skinny jeans and a blousy top that work so well here from a shape perspective. Both highlight the best parts of the Oz the Great and Powerful actress's current shape—her fit legs and her growing middle! Of course the fact that it's brilliantly distressed denim and a totally adorable tie-dyed hippie top are helping, but our »
It’s sad to think most people only know Zach Braff as Dr. John Dorian, Sacred Heart Hospital’s day-dreamiest physician, because there’s a brilliant filmmaker that most mainstream audiences aren’t aware of caged inside the goofy comic. Braff’s brilliant directorial debut, Garden State, showcases emotionality and raw, tender observations that one wouldn’t expect from the previously pigeonholed actor – but that premiered 10 years ago. Since Scrubs, we haven’t heard much from Braff besides Oz The Great And Powerful and a short stint as Pizza Guy on Cougar Town, but thankfully Wish I Was Here changes all of that. While the proven actor certainly knows how to entertain a crowd, Braff’s best work comes from behind the camera, and while Wish I Was Here can’t quite capture the honest majesty of Garden State, the actor/director’s swan song for a tireless generation is a sweet, »
- Matt Donato
The film centres around a man who returns to Australia after Wwi and retreats from the world to a lighthouse with his wife.
After a series of miscarriages, the couple find a boat containing a dead man and a living baby, and make the ill-fated choice to keep the child.
Alicia Vikander will also star in the movie.
The Light Between Oceans will shoot in Australia, with a schedule yet to be announced. »
After taking on roles in thrillers like Dream House and The Bourne Legacy, then a supporting part in the big-budget blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Rachel Weisz is getting back to smaller dramatic fare by joining Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Light Between Oceans.
The drama, an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, is set on a remote island off the coast of Australia in the years following World War I. It centers on a lighthouse keeper (Fassbender) and his lonely wife (Vikander), who are faced with an unexpected moral conundrum when a small boat containing a dead man and a two-month-old infant washes ashore. When the pair decide to keep the child and raise it as their own, the consequences of that choice are devastating.
Weisz is set to play the mother of the infant, who »
- Isaac Feldberg
Derek Cianfrance’s new film The Light Between Oceans finds a couple taking on a big responsibility without thinking through all the consequences. And he’s now set to cast Rachel Weisz as the harbinger of said consequences.Confused? Allow us to illuminate matters the way a lighthouse shines upon the ocean. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are set to play the married keepers of a lighthouse on a remote Australian island in the years after World War I. When a boat washes up on the shore with a dead body and a baby, the pair decides to raise the child as their own. And then the baby’s real mother (Weisz, assuming she makes a deal) shows up...Cianfrance has adapted the story from M. L. Stedman’s bestselling 2012 novel, and he’s hoping to get it made this year, assuming everyone’s schedules work out.Weisz was last »
In between accidentally taking over the world with Frozen, Disney continues to busy itself with its commercially successful reimagining campaign in the 2010s. Pouring over its extensive animation library, starting with Alice in Wonderland, the Mouse House has repeatedly cherry picked classic entries ripe for retelling and produced live-action renditions for each of them; the trend has since expanded to include the likes of Oz the Great and Powerful, this year’s Maleficent, and forthcoming efforts Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast.
Box office doesn’t lie, and Disney knows where their bread is buttered. Original IPs like Frozen blindside everybody with titanic ancillary domination, but returning to the well works in a pinch, too. It works so well, in fact, that even though Maleficent is still raking in ...
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- Andy Crump
A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you’ve been dying to see. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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I can’t wait for the day when James Franco finally comes out of the performance-art closet and reveals that almost everything he’s done in the past, oh, ten years or so has been part of an intricate ongoing practical joke to yank celebrity culture and our knee-jerk worship of those who are famous. His turn as the charlatan man behind the curtain in Oz the Great and Powerful was a big clue, I think. He’s waiting for someone — anyone — to debunk the smoke and mirrors of the fame that allows him to churn out increasingly ridiculous pontifical junk. And no one does. »
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