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It’s hard not to like The D Train, a witty, well-made celebration of friendship in which two very different guys come to know and appreciate each other – if maybe a bit too much. Jack Black stars as Dan Landsman, a schlubby married Pittsburgh dad enthusiastically heading up his 20th high school reunion committee even though he’s so unpopular the rest of the group heads out for beers after their meetings without inviting him along. The board members have been unable to muster much support for the reunion, but things change when Dan spots a TV commercial starring former classmate and school stud Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), now the face of ‘Banana Boat’ sunblock ad campaign. If Dan can get Oliver to attend the reunion, he figures others will follow suit just to rub elbows with a TV star, making him a hero. Dan works for a consulting firm »
- Tom Stockman
France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.
The company has sold the film to airlines (Entertainment in Motion), Eastern Europe (Megalow Media), France (Selective Films), Germany (Universum), Greece (Hollywood Films), Hong Kong (Edko), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Outsider Films), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), South Africa (M-Net), South Korea (Rainbow Films), Switzerland (Praesens), Spain (Filmax), Taiwan (Movie Cloud) and Turkey (Filma).
Based on a true story, Freeheld follows a gay policewoman’s struggle to ensure that her police pension is passed to her lesbian partner when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
A trailer has arrived online for HBO’s upcoming dark comedy series The Brink starring Jack Black (Bernie), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) and Aasif Mandvi (Jericho)…
When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson (Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Schreiber). From the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House Situation Room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red Sea, these three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.
The Brink is set to premiere June 21st on HBO.
- Gary Collinson
When our very own Chris Bumbray saw The D Train back at Sundance in January, he found it to be an effective, slick, and well made debut for writer-directors Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel. Now, with a theatrical release a couple months away, we have the first trailer for the film. At first, The D Train comes across like the indie comedy work Jack Black has done in Bernie rather than his broader roles. As it progresses, the trailer shows a heart that seems to have something special up it's »
- Alex Maidy
Shirley MacLaine is not saving any of her candor for another lifetime. Going rogue in a Q&A with Leonard Maltin at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday as part of the TCM Classic Film Festivals, she dished on directors and costars both sweet and sour, with occasional nods to the “angel on my shoulder” she quite literally believes has guided her through 60 years of near-constant Hollywood greatness. As Maltin noted, MacLaine’s the only survivor of the studio-contract era still playing lead role today in movies as estimable as Bernie. And the actress didn’t shy away from sharing her
- Chris Willman
Written and Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Jean-Luc Godard is attributed with a quote from one of his films, “Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” Film is made to suspend your disbelief, and yet in your mind, a part of you is accepting what you’re seeing to be true.
In Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 film Close-Up, a man named Hossain Sobzian is arrested for impersonating an Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and convincing the Ahankhah family into accepting him into their home, loaning him money, and believing they would become part of his next film. He is soon found out to be a phony, and during Sobzian’s trial, the judge asks him just how far he intended to take this act: “As far as they were prepared to go.”
Close-Up is a movie about a fraud, as it is a documentary based on actual events in »
- Brian Welk
New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future.
To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the news last week that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an Alien remake. Elysium was a bust, the jury is still out on Chappie, I personally think District 9 is a little overrated, and just how many Alien remakes, sequels, prequels, and video game spin-offs do we even need? But after speaking with EW, Blomkamp confirmed that Ripley is supposed to appear in his new movie, and that Sigourney Weaver, after working with him on Chappie, is on board to reprise her iconic role.
Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what »
- Brian Welk
Sources emphasize that Linklater has not fully committed yet but he has the offer and has shown interest in directing the pic.
The story follows a woman who flees her family after she learns that her daughter wishes to vacation in Antarctica. “The Fault in Our Stars” scribes Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter penned the script.
Linklater recently wrapped baseball-themed coming of age tale “That’s What I’m Talking About” which is also produced by Ellison and stars Wyatt Russell and Ryan Guzman. Though he’s known for personal projects such as “Boyhood,” “Dazed and Confused” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy, he has also adapted material such as “Bernie, »
- Justin Kroll
Jack Black tried to shut down the Oscars just as they were beginning, and it was as epic as awesome as he is. In case you've been living under a rock... a rock n' roll rock... you may not have realized that the Bernie star is one of the greatest rock gods of our time. His band Tenacious D has been killing it at acoustic metals for years, and the comedic actor has found ways to insert his gift into as many projects as possible. Here are some of the highlights of his badass musical career! 1. His band Tenacious D is so epic they have literally written "the greatest and best song in the world." 2. He turned up the sex factor with a Marvin Gaye cover in High Fidelity. 3. This »
On Saturday, the Director’s Guild of America, by far the most accurate Oscar predictor we have, will announce its winner for Best Director. In its 66-year history, only seven guild honorees did not repeat at the Oscars and most of them helmed the Best Picture champ. In a year like this, with so many moving parts and cliffhangers adding confusion to the race, a little bit of clarity is necessary. -Break- For months now, this has looked like Richard Linklater’s to lose. The “Boyhood” director is way out front with our experts, with odds of 2/11. After wins at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice -- as well as the various critics groups -- he should have this in the bag. The Texas-born auteur has been one of the most unique voices in independent cinema for over twenty years, with such films as “Dazed and Confused” (1993), the “Before” trilogy »
By Anjelica Oswald
Nothing could stop ‘Dick Poop’ from becoming a Twitter ‘Trending Topic’. The site exploded with clever responses to the Academy Award nominations Jan. 15 — from surprises to snubs to the unfortunate pronunciation of one cinematographer.
So who exactly is Dick Pope?
Pope received his second Oscar nomination this year for his work on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, about the obsessive British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner (portrayed by Timothy Spall). The film also received nominations for production design, costume design and original score. For his work on the film, Pope has earned BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Pope won the Vulcan Prize for Technical Artist at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. He »
- Anjelica Oswald
Park City, Utah -- For "The D Train," Jack Black stepped back into a familiar, loveable loser type role. But he also landed back into making an independent film, a fix that had been fulfilled previously by flicks like "Bernie" and "Be Kind Rewind." While Black has big studio releases -- including another "Kung Fu Panda" film and "Goosebumps" -- forthcoming, he told HitFix he loves the "indie-fresh lifestyle." "I love making a movie in 3 weeks," he said, tipping his hat to other outstanding performances from co-stars like James Marsden in "D Train." Black's plate is also full with band duties as his rock troupe Tenacious D (with Kyle Gass) is plotting a European tour and, after: "We're gonna come back and write the next album." Watch our whole interview in the video player above. "The D Train" plays all week at Sundance. »
- Katie Hasty
Funny and sad isn’t the easiest combination to pull off, and while both descriptors fit “The D Train” well enough, this dark comedy might just as well be described as edgy and soft, audacious and coy, a largely enjoyable letdown. Starring Jack Black as a chronic loser who decides to save his high-school reunion by securing the attendance of the class celebrity (a terrific James Marsden), Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s directing debut puts an impressively daring spin on the modern bromance, finding a unique and undeniably funny point of entry into familiar squirm-inducing realms of male bonding, competitiveness and insecurity. Yet while the startling central twist stands to generate considerable pre-release curiosity for this decently commercial entry, it also allows this slick but shaky effort to peak too soon.
Paul and Mogel, who also share credit for the screenplay, lay the groundwork with expert slyness. Their sad-sack »
- Justin Chang
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Last night, we saw Richard Linklater win Best Director and Best Picture for his movie Boyhood along with Patricia Arquette picking up a trophy for her role in the film. This also gave an opportunity to see several of Linklater's prior collaborators applaud the director they have come to know and admire. Jack Black (School Of Rock, Bernie) was there as was Dazed And Confused veteran Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey, in the middle of a resurgence in his career, was smiling from ear to ear at »
- Alex Maidy
Welcome, friends! It's time to live-blog the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Follow along as I celebrate/reflect-on/mock all of tonight's winners, losers and most gloriously drunken moments. Check out HitFix's Golden Globes Predictions. Join the conversation in the comments below... 8:00 p.m. Et. I'll do the times for this live-blog in Et, just for fun. Except for when I forget to. 8:00 p.m. Et. Tina Fey and Amy Poheler take the stage. "Welcome you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats," Tina says. "Yes. We are so happy to be here hosting the 72nd and Final Golden Globe Awards," Amy says. Tina jokes that tonight we're celebrating all of the movies North Korea would allow us to see. They both make jokes about the quality of "The Interview." The first celebrity in the spotlight is Oprah. "She's put a cranberry candle under each of your seats," Tina says. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Los Angeles — With the deadline for voting looming and with phase two of the Oscar season — where Academy-targeted events have been disallowed — on the horizon, the "Boyhood" crew celebrated the film's DVD/Blu-ray release Wednesday night at a swanky Chateau Marmont soiree. Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane, among others, worked the room at the outdoor party — which was hosted by Diane Keaton, Frank Marshall, Jack Black, Julie Delpy, Jon Hamm and Sean Daniel — over a four-hour stretch. Champagne flowed, smoked salmon was passed around on little cucumber slices, the usual, as a bevy of rank-and-file Academy members mingled about. And it's a nice bit of timing. With Oscar campaign hands being tied for phase two as noted, an event like this is about as close to the cut-off as you can get. Today is the last day of voting for nominations. I ended up finding an »
- Kristopher Tapley
It’s hard to top a singing lesson delivered by Brad Pitt to 2,400 people, and that’s exactly what the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala got on Saturday night in the desert resort 100 miles east of Los Angeles.
Toward the beginning of the Cartier-sponsored gala that annually showcases many of the year’s top awards hopefuls, Pitt took the stage of the huge Palm Springs Convention Center to give an award to “Selma” star David Oyelowo, and immediately took it upon himself to teach the audience how to pronounce the British actor’s name (his name is »
- Steve Pond
Awards contenders who hit the trail to the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend were talking about the breathless pace of this year’s race. No sooner had the last Rose Parade float left Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day did a herd of Oscar hopefuls head to the desert for the next phase of this wide open awards season.
Earlier than ever, Saturday night’s Psiff awards gala – timed to land right in the middle of the crucial Oscar nominating balloting – brought out a bevy of contenders who were receiving pre-negotiated trophies at the glitziest ceremonies this side of the Golden Globes (which take place in a week, also disturbingly earlier than normal).
In a ceremony hosted by the ever-enthusiastic Mary Hart (with usual key sponsor Cartier), recipients included Rosamund Pike (Breakthrough Actress winner for Gone Girl), David Oyelowo (Breakthrough Actor for Selma), J.K. Simmons »
- Pete Hammond
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