14 items from 2014
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano. As if that’s not enough, the 29-year-old is back, this time playing identical twin sisters in “The Pretty One.” First-time writer/director Jenée Lamarque’s quirky film also stars Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Swingers”), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), but the film centers around Kazan’s layered performance as Laurel and Audrey, sisters whose similarity stops at genetics. Laurel is an eccentric wallflower who has never blossomed; she lives at home, cares »
- Kristin McCracken
Feature James Clayton 14 Feb 2014 - 05:49
With Her out on Valentines Day, James considers the topic of romance in the movies, and love in the techno-savvy 21st century...
Happy Valentine's Day! Hip hip hooray for the over-commercial super-sappy celebration of romance and close personal relationships! I hope that this column finds you all swept up in sweet emotions and lovely feelings. I hope that you're now breathless and gasping for air having been submerged beneath a sea of affectionate greeting cards, chocolate boxes and sexual propositions from attractive strangers.
If not, use your imagination - it's so much better than reality, especially if reality is disappointing you on Valentine's Day. Today you should be feeling the love and experiencing things that are 'romantic'. Romantic action might be quite rare for many and that probably makes this novel - albeit, suspect - cultural event all the more worthwhile. Love needs to »
There are movies about twins and there are movies about switching identities and there is “The Pretty One,” which uses both conceits for its tale of self and lack thereof. And to be fair, the premise of this comedic drama—which is ultimately much more affecting and genuinely melancholy than you’d expect—is a little cutesy and cloying on the surface. And admittedly, the picture takes some time to find its bearings. Written and directed by first-time feature-length filmmaker Jenée Lamarque, actress Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks,” "Meek's Cutoff") performs double duty in “The Pretty One” as two twins, Laurel and Audrey. Laurel, the sweet one, is painfully shy and awkward. Neglectful of her appearance, the 20-something has no sense of style and her hair borders on unkempt. On the flip side of the coin there’s Audrey, the fabulous, sexy and outgoing twin, who’s successful, confident and doesn »
- Rodrigo Perez
In the film, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) does double duty as twin sisters. When one passes away, the other assumes her twin’s identity and falls in love with her sister’s boyfriend (Johnson). “Zoe Kazan does an amazing job in that movie,” says Johnson. “I think she’s such a phenomenal actress and just kills it.”
For anyone put off by the stranger-than-fiction plotline, Johnson qualifies, »
- Lanford Beard
Yeah, yeah, this month's nearly over and all the best film news has come and gone: Sundance happened, the Golden Globes were half-boozy and half-boring as usual, and what got nominated for all the Oscars this season? (Yawn.) But while you were busy refreshing your Twitter feed anyway, another crop of essential titles hit the home-video shelves. Speaking of must-haves—in my first guest segment this month, a question arises that I now ask you: of all the DVDs and Blu-rays you currently own, what are your most coveted treasures that would have to be pried from your cold, dead hands? Feel free to answer in the comments below. Podcast Intro Music: Dionne Warwick, "The April Fools" Special Guest #1: Paul Dano on "The Long Day Closes" Intro Music: Nat King Cole, "Stardust" Paul Dano is a distinguished New York-based actor whose screen credits include "There Will Be Blood," "Ruby Sparks, »
- Aaron Hillis
In a collection of fantastic indie talent, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks) are going to direct Brie Larson (Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street) in an adaptation of The Good Luck of Right Now, based on the book of the same name by Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook. In addition, THR reports it will be School of Rock and "Enlightened" writer Mike White who will adapt the book, and Bruce Cohen, who produced the adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook, will take the same job in this new project set up at DreamWorks. This seriously is a spectacular assembly of people. The book doesn't hit shelves until February, but here's the official synopsis: For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he »
- Ethan Anderton
Still riding high on her phenomenal breakthrough leading performance in last year’s Short Term 12, Brie Larson has been lining up her follow-up projects very nicely, and is now eyeing the adaptation of Matthew Quick’s upcoming novel, The Good Luck of Right Now.
The Wrap reports that the young actress is in talks with DreamWorks to take one of the four leading roles, with the Philadelphia-set novel centred on the intertwined lives of four people, all outsiders in their own right, who come together to form the most unlikely of families in the wake of grieving over pain and loss in their respective lives.
Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel.
The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the »
- Kenji Lloyd
So, here's equation: the star of "Short Term 12" + a movie based on the novel written by the guy who penned "Silver Linings Playbook" + the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Ruby Sparks" = sign us up. Yep, Brie Larson has signed on to star in "The Good Luck Of Right Now," the latest from filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Adapted by Mike White ("School Of Rock," "Enlightened"), it's another story of damaged individuals dealing with various pains in their lives, and we'd expect no less from author Matthew Quick. Here's the Amazon synopsis: For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Jenée Lamarque (Spoonful), Kazan plays identical twins Laurel and Audrey, inseparable sisters and best friends. However, when high-flying business twin Audrey dies in a car accident, Laurel takes on her identity, her life, and all the mess that comes with it. Johnson stars as Basel, Audrey’s attractive neighbour, who helps Laurel come to terms with who she really is.
Quirky, funny and witty, this is right up my rom-com street! I absolutely loved Zoe in Ruby Sparks, with her huge doe-eyes and sharp tongue. Jake was also brilliant in Safety Not Guaranteed, so to see them work together is ace.
The Pretty One will arrive in Us cinemas from 7th February 2014. No word yet of a UK release date. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
"I just don't really feel like myself..." Put two up-and-coming young actors together, toss Ron Livingston into the mix, with a comedic plot about loss and mistaken identity, and this is what you get. The trailer for The Pretty One (not to be confused with indie horror The Quiet Ones) has debuted online, featuring Zoe Kazan (seen in Ruby Sparks, The F Word) and Jake Johnson (seen in Safety Not Guaranteed, Drinking Buddies, "New Girl") as the two leads. I'm surprised that they turned a rather morbid plot into something so quirky, but it looks like it might be okay, at the least to see these two talented actors playing off each other. Here's the first official trailer for Jenée Lamarque's The Pretty One, found via SlashFilm: The Pretty One is a coming of age comedy about identity and loss and a wallflower who finally learns how to break out of her shell. »
- Alex Billington
Following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, the long wait is almost over for Jenée Lamarque’s romantic comedy-drama The Pretty One, with the film heading into Us cinemas early next month.
The first trailer has debuted over on Apple, giving a very promising first look at the film, led by Zoe Kazan in a dual role as twin sisters Laurel and Audrey.
The Pretty One is a coming of age comedy about identity and loss and a wallflower who finally learns how to break out of her shell. In a balancing act of a performance, Zoe Kazan portrays a dueling mixture of loss and awakening as twins Laurel and Audrey, most poignantly as a relationship blooms with her new neighbor (Jake Johnson). As Laurel begins to slip into the life she has always wanted but never thought was possible, she must decide between continuing her life »
- Kenji Lloyd
“The Pretty One,” starring Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Jake Johnson (“New Girl”), Ron Livingston (“Drinking Buddies”), John Carroll Lynch (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Frankie Shaw, Sterling Beaumon, Shae D’lyn and Dale Raoul, is an intriguing character study about a woman who chooses to live her sister’s life. This film, directed by Jeneé Lamarque, will premiere in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington DC Feb. 7. As stated above, the film is a character study of a woman who decides to ditch her boring life and become the vivacious, alluring person her sister was before her untimely death. Here’s more about “The Pretty One”: “Some identical twins are impossible [ Read More ]
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From indie darling to a sadistic plantation boss in 12 Years A Slave via a maniacal preacher in There Will Be Blood, we speak to the actor who takes tough roles in his stride
When I see Paul Dano enter the restaurant, I stand up ready to greet him. The place is tiny – a little neighbourhood favourite in Dano's very un-hood Brooklyn hood of Cobble Hill – but I'm standing there, grin slowly wilting, for what seems like an eternity as the 29-year-old makes glacial progress from door to table. Maybe it's the torn muscle he sustained a few months back playing basketball. But I also get the feeling he just woke up from a nap and didn't have time to shower.
In the 79 minutes that follow, I fail to raise a single laugh out of him. Making ponderous progress through a pork sandwich, he responds to much of what I say with a heavy, »
- Hermione Hoby
14 items from 2014