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Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe
For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris Swanberg’s latest feature, Unexpected, an indie Sundance premiered drama treading the expected tropes of unplanned pregnancy. Its set-up initially poses a provocative juxtaposition, a tale of two surprise pregnancies dealt to two very different women in one of the Midwest’s most progressive cities, Chicago. Told from the perspective of its white, high functioning and hopelessly granola lead, whose life intersects with a black, socioeconomically compromised student in a similar situation promises to be an invigorating examination of taken-for-grantedness. Except, at every possible opportunity, Swanberg’s screenplay (co-written by actress Megan Mercier) backs away from controversial points, instead reinforcing the frustrating obliviousness of its lead character. And that’s not even addressing the narrative’s conservative reinforcement of teen mothers giving birth »
- Nicholas Bell
For once, a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book appears to be populated by relatively realistic approximations of human beings dealing with relationship conflict in realistic ways. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Nicholas Sparks
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think this might be the first movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel that I haven’t hated. Oh, sure, it’s set in an American South — specifically, North Carolina — where there are, impossibly, no black people (see also: Safe Haven), and where it only ever rains as an expression of manly sadness that cannot be articulated in any other way. It uses a motif similar to The Notebook’s, in which romantic handwritten documents of a relationship — in this case, love letters — allow for flashbacks to the 1940s, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There are variables in the chemistry of a Nicholas Sparks film, but the basic formula has seldom changed through films like The Notebook, Dear John and The Lucky One. Even the posters for these movies often look indistinguishable from one another, except for the two actors pictured. The Longest Ride is the tenth Sparks adaptation to hit the big screen and though it sticks to what you'll know if you've seen more than one of the others, it's not necessarily a formula that's in need of fixing.
Stop us if this sounds like we've done a find and replace on some other plot summary, but this time we follow Sophia, (Britt Robertson) who's about to start a prestigious internship at a gallery in New York, just as »
The third in a series of Sea Breeze books, While It Lasts is set in in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI. His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks. Eva's long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.
Red Rock Pictures' Gary O.Toole will produce and write the screenplay, Glines has agreed to serve as associate producer and Aussie actor Addam Bramich will co-produce. Bramich, whose credits include Blinder, The Slap and several short films, »
- Don Groves
A group of unnamed lenders behind Relativity Media has agreed to extend a May 31 deadline to allow the Hollywood mini-studio to postpone a critical debt payment, the company said Monday.
The agreement comes after long-simmering reports of financial strains at the company burst into public view late last month, when Relativity accused one of its financial backers of unfairly criticizing its economic stability.
The agreement with its lenders gives Relativity an unspecified amount of time to make the payment that was due at the end of May. The film company had previously said that a new financial arrangements had already been made and that the deadline was not of concern. But “the complexity of the transaction required additional time for us to close it, which this agreement provides,” said a source close to the company.
“Today the company and its lenders have entered into a formal agreement that allows Relativity »
- James Rainey
While Channing Tatum may be one of the most in-demand actors around at the moment, he’s continuing to further his efforts behind the camera. Last fall, he signed on to make his directorial debut on the drama Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and now Variety reports he’s aiming to produce and possibly star in an adaptation of the Matthew Logelin memoir Two Kisses for Maddy. The film is a father-daughter drama that revolves around Logelin’s marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gives birth, and his experience of raising his daughter as a single parent. The book adaptation was previously set up as a Lifetime movie in 2012, but it did not move forward. Now, Tatum—a new father himself—has snapped up the property to produce through his Free Association banner for Sony’s TriStar and Temple Hill Entertainment. Safe Haven and City of Angels screenwriter »
- Adam Chitwood
Channing Tatum is set to produce and star in the upcoming film adaptation of Matthew Logelin's 2011 memoir "Two Kisses for Maddy" at Sony Pictures.
The story follows high school sweethearts Matt and Liz Logelin who, after years of long-distance dating, finally settled together in Los Angeles and had it all - a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way.
Just twenty-seven hours after giving birth though, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt chose to keep moving forward and make a life for Maddy.
Source: The Tracking Board & Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Channing Tatum has set up the tear-jerker memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy” at Sony’s TriStar label to produce and possibly star through his Free Association production company and Temple Hill Entertainment.
The father-daughter drama is based on Matthew Logelin’s memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love,” which centers on his marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter and his experiences of raising his daughter as a single parent.
“Two Kisses,” which took its title from the kisses Logelin gave his daughter each night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2011.
The project was set up in 2012 as a Lifetime movie with Marta Kaufman and Denise Dinovi as exec producers but did not go forward.
- Dave McNary
Long-simmering reports of financial strains at Relativity Media broke into the open Friday when the company accused one of its backers of privately badmouthing its economic condition in an attempt to take control of the mini-studio.
Relativity said in a statement that New York-based Colbeck Capital had engaged in a “play…to try to seize control of Relativity by trying to spread false rumors about the state of the company.” Relativity chief executive Ryan Kavanaugh remains “fully in control,” the statement said.
The film and television company also said that Colbeck’s two members on the Relativity board “will be removed from the board next week.”
The New York Post reported early Friday that Kavanaugh needed to raise $200 million by the end of the month and risked losing control of his company. Relativity denied that, issuing a statement that said: “Under Ryan Kavanaugh’s leadership, Relativity has successfully recapitalized its »
- James Rainey
Julianne Hough showed off a little more than she meant to after the "Dancing With the Stars" finale! The dancing pro inadvertently exposed her nipple as she was leaving a party with boyfriend Brooks Laich at Beso in Hollywood on Tuesday night. It looks like the material on her sheer velvet dress shifted up -- proving that she wasn't wearing anything underneath the revealing mini! Despite having one of the most enviable bods in Hollywood, the "Safe Haven" star admits that she isn't completely confident with her figure. "I still have not mastered feeling 100 percent confident in my body," she says in a new interview with Yahoo Style. "I still have days where I look in the mirror and say, ‘Thanks, Grandma, for giving me my thighs!’ But at the same time, it’s all in your head." "If you love your body, then your body is going to love you back. »
- tooFab Staff
Actor Will Ferrell is lining up a curious new project. It was announced today that he is set to star in the comedy Tom’s Dad for director Lasse Hallström, the filmmaker behind The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. The film takes place in 1960s Nevada and revolves around a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act featuring circus animals (yes, Ferrell will play a circus ringleader). He is subsequently forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, leaving the two to rekindle their relationship. Martin Casella (One Night Stand) penned the original screenplay. Further casting is currently underway with the aim to start production in early 2016. Hallström’s been doing his fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies as of late, helming Dear John and Safe Haven, as well as last year’s Helen Mirren-fronted The Hundred-Foot Journey. »
- Adam Chitwood
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.
In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.
The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in »
- Derek Anderson
Counting with Dad Posted by Josh Duhamel on Thursday, April 30, 2015 Josh Duhamel looks like he's a really hands-on dad! The actor shared a new video with his son Axl Jack via Facebook on Thursday. In the cute clip, the "Safe Haven" star and his adorable little boy are both lying down next to each other counting off numbers. Looks like he may need some more practice ... Josh and Fergie -- who welcomed their blonde cutie in 2013 -- still make sure they're both equally involved in their son's life. "My husband and I made a two-week rule," she said of how long they spend apart in the January issue of Allure magazine. "We’ve already talked about how we’re going to have to trade off. He’s going to have to come on tour with Axl for a while, and then there’ll be a break. He’ll take a »
- tooFab Staff
It wasn’t even a contest.
“Furious 7″ roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its Stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That’s a slender 59% drop from the Universal Pictures release’s record-breaking $147.2 million debut and puts “Furious 7″ on track to be the highest-grossing film in the history of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
“People feel like they’re living through the summer movie season right now even though it’s not summer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It’s the essence of a popcorn movie.”
It’s also the essence of perfect timing. By debuting in April, “Furious 7″ avoided being cannibalized by other major summer tentpole films. The next heavyweight to enter the multiplexes is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which doesn’t hit screens until May 1.
“Studios are not »
- Brent Lang
Nicholas Sparks adaptations are their own ecosystem. Though characters never overlap, they might as well all exist in a shared universe — one with its own logic, its own attitudes, and its own idea of fan service. The relationships are interchangeable and easy-to-assemble: Sometimes it’s the boy who’s got the chip on his shoulder, sometimes it’s the girl; sometimes class gets in the way, sometimes war, sometimes differing worldviews. Love always wins out, naturally, but often it does so ironically; Sparks is not one to shy away from killing off a lover or two, which occasionally gives the stories some much-needed suspense.Seen in that light, The Longest Ride is actually one of the more competent Sparks films in some years — a far cry from the creaky noir of Safe Haven, the awkwardly backloaded melodrama of The Best of Me, or the phony brooding of The Lucky One. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Okay multiplex maniacs, before we make a most welcome return visit to the Marvel Movie Universe, it’s time for that annual (sometimes semi-annual) slog into another movie universe, Sparks-land. I’m talking about another flick based on another product off the novel assembly line from Nicholas Sparks. Box office gold occurred with The Notebook eleven (!) years ago and the studios have been returning with pick, shovel, and camera to that mine ever since. Just like cinema stars and franchises, he’s a brand name. It’s just a question of which familiar themes will be re-hashed and which photogenic actors will be put through some now familiar paces. But hey, we may get a surprise, although this one’s title seems more than a little daunting. Are you ready to embark on The Longest Ride?
- Jim Batts
There are two types of Nicholas Sparks adaptations. The first is much more common, being the boring, sappy romances where love is the most powerful force in the world and people cry and die (i.e. The Notebook). The second is the stupid, cuckoo bananas romance, terribly pulling in other genre elements to make a hodgepodge bit of nonsense (i.e. Safe Haven). The second is so much more fun to watch, and anytime I start a Sparks film I am hoping for that film. Unfortunately, The Longest Ride, the most recent Sparks adaptation, falls into the first category, and it made me fall in love... with my watch (nailed it!). In the ancient past of 2007, Britt Robertson, whose character's name escapes me (an IMDb search reveals it's Sophia Danko) and it was all I could to do remember she was "not Jennifer Lawrence", is studying art at Wake Forest. »
- Mike Shutt
Red-hot Us thriller Reckless is coming to Alibi in the UK next month.
But to find out exactly when it premieres, you'll have to watch our sizzling sizzle reel below:
A steamy legal drama, the show follows the relationship between a prosecutor (Gigandet) and his opposing counsel (Anna Wood) in a police scandal.
Mythology Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Under the pact with 20th and Fox 21, the production company will develop and produce broadcast, cable and digital scripted series wit the studios.
“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said .
Of the inhouse expansion, the duo said: “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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