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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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The domestic box office totaled $1.04 billion in June, which is a pretty standard result for the second month of Summer. Unfortunately, it was off a massive 16 percent from last year's $1.25 billion record, which puts the yearly box office in a precarious position heading in to the third quarter.Last June's lineup was unusually strong: Man of Steel, Monsters University and World War Z earned a combined $543 million during the month. In comparison, the Top Three titles in June 2014 earned a more modest $420 million.Maleficent led the way with $153.4 million. This is the first time a May release topped the June box office since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007. The Angelina Jolie fantasy opened to a strong $69.4 million at the end of May, and has held incredibly well since then. It's on track for around $230 million total, which is nearly on par with last year's Oz The Great and Powerful »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Warner Bros. has released a "new" trailer for Jupiter Ascending, new in that it now says it's coming out in February 2015 rather than July. I can only assume this is to ensure no one gets confused, but just imagine if it meant long lead marketing for all February films in the future. One thing is for certain, the more studios spread out those blockbusters the more marketing the movie blogs will have to post year round. yt id="TLyk00gFPdQ" width="500" Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the »
- Brad Brevet
Having recently pushed back the release of the film to February 2015, Warner Bros. has now debuted a new trailer for Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi offering from The Matrix and Cloud Atlas filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski, which stars Mila Kunis (Ted, Oz the Great and Powerful) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street); check it out here after the official synopsis.…
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for »
- Gary Collinson
Sam Raimi could make The Outpost his next project.
The Spider-Man filmmaker will produce the military thriller with an eye towards directing, reports Deadline.
The film will centre around the true events in which 53 American soldiers manning a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan were overrun by hundreds of Taliban fighters.
"The Outpost is an epic story of bravery, courage and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen," said Raimi. "I'm honoured to be a part of it."
This will be Raimi's first directing project since 2013's Oz the Great and Powerful. »
After securing an audience with a stark high school noir film named Brick, writer/director Rian Johnson professed his loving perspective of his viewers by framing himself in his next movie as a con man. In The Brothers Bloom, Mark Ruffalo played Stephen, a fabulist who concocts his cons like fantastical narratives, while treating marks as members of an audience whose happiness is integral to a trick’s ultimate success. This marvelous film is devoted to a classic quality within Johnson’s storytelling, which Stephen calls “the perfect con”: when everyone involved gets just the thing they wanted.
Having written and directed three films (and doing some work on “Breaking Bad”) Johnson has now been chosen to create Star Wars: Episode VIII, allotting him a galaxy’s congregation of viewers, who will answer a question he asked himself while touring for his 2012 sci-fi film Looper: “Can we do what we do, »
- Nick Allen
It has been over a year since Sam Raimi delivered "Oz The Great And Powerful," and while the film took in just under $500 million worldwide, it wasn't all that good and it doesn't seem like Disney is in any rush to return to that world. As for Raimi, he's in no real rush to return to features it seems, busy executive producing no shortage of projects, minus a detour to TV to helm a couple of episodes of "Rake." But he does have a possible new movie cooking. Deadline reports that Raimi is set to produce and eye the director's chair of "The Outpost," an adaptation of the book by Jake Tapper, with the script from "The Wrestler" scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. It'll be a change for the flimmaker, with a true story tale focusing on American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll see how development goes but for now, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sam Raimi's career has never been predictable. The once indie director achieved billion dollar success with Spider-Man, and wound up departing that franchise at the peak of its success to go over to Disney and make Oz The Great And Powerful. But he's not sticking around for sequels, and has instead used the time since involving himself in various projects only to drop later, and instead boost his producing credentials. He's become his own version of a mercenary blockbuster auteur now, and it's anyone's guess what he'll direct next. The latest development is a surprise, however. Sam Raimi might be going to the Middle East for The Outpost. Deadline reports that Sam Raimi will produce and possibly direct an adaptation of the book The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor. The story is similar to the recent Lone Survivor in that it involves impossible odds, detailing a true-life »
Filmmaker Sam Raimi hasn’t been quick to choose his next project after last year’s VFX-filled Oz the Great and Powerful for Disney, but we now have something on the horizon for the veteran director. Raimi will produce and supervise development of an adaptation of Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor with an eye towards possibly directing. The nonfiction book chronicles the 2009 battle in Afghanistan, 14 miles from the Pakistani border, where 53 Americans were overrun by 400 Taliban fighters. The conflict resulted in two Medal of Honor recipients, marking the first time the award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, The Fighter screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson are penning the script for The Outpost under the supervision of Raimi. The film would certainly mark a change of pace for the director, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
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