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Greetings from the apocalypse! This here is my twentieth weekend column, which seemed like as good a time as any to reach out to my fellow weekend road warriors to say if you have any suggestions for upcoming films/local weekend events to feature in future editions just write me on Twitter. Signed 8 x 10 glossies will be sent to fans at my secretary's discretion. But seriously, write away — give this wandering rōnin of the desert some feedback, yo.
Friday, May 24
Pow! In Theaters
I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the "Hangover" franchise — only in America and possibly France could such a thing spawn a franchise — so when I tell you "The Hangover Part III" has nary a laugh or even »
- Max Evry
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Joe Don Baker | Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols
Writer-Director Jeff Nichols’s latest film Mud is a coming of age tale that combines the country brashness of Huck Finn with the grand adventure of Stand By Me, and adds the ability to capture a rustic subculture similar to Beasts of the Southern Wild. All these different elements come together to tell a deeply personal tale of the complexities of life, love, and the bitter sweetness of growing old. This modern fable brings you deep into the makings of its character to provide a unique prospective to this naturalistic world. Nearly every performance has an impeccable sense of authenticity. Much of the story rest on the shoulders of the film’s two young leads, and they carry that weight with a »
- Dan Clark
Daniel Kasman: The political body: Soderbergh's supposedly final film continues his run of digital features focuses on the existence and commerce of, as well as the impact on, the body in contemporary society. In Behind the Candelabra, it is in Liberace's (Michael Douglas) precise control of his public and private image in dress and look, and in the figure of Scott (Matt Damon), who becomes his lover, then boyfriend, then essentially his husband in an evolving relationship that starts nearly as prostitution and later involves plastic surgery, drugs for bodily upkeep, and, in general for both men, concerns the impact of their aging bodies on their relationship and luxury lifestyle. The bodies of this public figure (publically straight, »
Coming as they do from one of Hollywood's most versatile, gifted and prolific filmmakers, Steven Soderbergh's many flirtations with retirement are generally taken with grains of salt as large as any of Liberace's pinky ring diamonds. Photos: 'Behind the Candelabra': How HBO Re-created Liberace's Over-Opulent Lairs But supposing his latest claim is true -- that his breathlessly reviewed HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra will mark the start of a prolonged sabbatical -- then what comes next for the man who spun a recession-era fable about the American work ethic in 2012's male-stripper movie Magic Mike, and drolly suggested that Gwyneth Paltrow's well-documented foodiesm could trigger a global pandemic in
- Seth Abramovitch
Steven Soderbergh recently retired from filmmaking, but not without directing three well-received films in the past two years ("Magic Mike," "Side Effects" and "Behind the Candelabra" (see our review for that last one here.). He also stirred up the film community with a rousing keynote at the San Francisco Film Society, which you can read in full here. And now Soderbergh has launched his new website, Extension765.com, which is billed as a "one-of-a-kind marketplace from Steven Soderbergh." One-of-a-kind, indeed. In an interview with Reuters back in February, Soderbergh explained that the name of the site is a reference to the movie "The Conversation": "Whenever Gene Hackman calls to find out what's going on, Harrison Ford answers the phone and says, 'extension 765.'" There are a number of elements to the site. First, an eBay-like auction site for bits and pieces from Soderbergh's filmmaking past, with proceeds going to »
- Bryce J. Renninger
• Zac Efron (17 Again) will play a college student-turned-police informant in Narc, described as a “college Donnie Brasco.” Efron’s character is a big man on campus type, but that’s where any similarity to his High School Musical basketball player ends. In Narc, Efron’s a frat president and lacrosse team captain until he’s busted for drugs. But then he takes a page from the books of Frank Abagnale and Neal Caffrey and puts his skills to use as a narc for the police. [Deadline]
- Emily Rome
It's almost unfair how easy Steven Soderbergh makes it look. As the filmmaker heads into his hiatus from movie-making, he's spent the few last years dipping between high grade entertainment ("Magic Mike") and accomplished genre films ("Side Effects," "Haywire") and for his goodbye, he's more or less combined the two. "Behind The Candelabra" is a cinematic bauble, that coats typical biopic fare with some real panache and heart. And while this does indeed mark Soderbergh's last hurrah for now, it's likely that a different narrative will soon form around the film. That narrative will surround Michael Douglas, with the 68 year-old actor delivering his best performance in a least a decade if not longer. It's hard to put into words how much of a transformation Douglas undergoes in the role of Liberace, but it truly is revelatory. Granted, he probably hasn't had a part this good since his double whammy of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If Steven Soderbergh is truly done with feature films we should be thankful he left us with three great films, one after another, before his departure. With Magic Mike, Side Effects and now Behind the Candelabra that's three films in a row that most directors could not achieve the likes of over the course of a career, let alone the rest of Soderbergh's oeuvre from Sex, Lies, and Videotape to Traffic. Behind the Candelabra says as much about us as a society as it does about its two protagonists in a story that's surprisingly dark at times, just as it is emotionally rewarding, entertaining and even humorous. Tracing events from 1977-1986, the story follows the life of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) as he goes from being a Hollywood animal handler to the dazzling lifestyle and palatial estate of famed Las Vegas entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas). Growing up an orphan, moving from house to house, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Side Effects) and starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his secret partner, Behind the Candelabra tells the outrageous true story of their glamorous life together and their tempestuous relationship. The film opens in cinemas on June 7.
You can see a trailer from the film here.
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Dear Channing Tatum: Tim McGraw needs to be in the next Magic Mike movie. Thanks. The country crooner revealed his weapons of mass destruction during the Atlanta stop on his Two Lanes of Freedom Tour on Sunday, stripping down to a white tank on stage and showing off some serious, bulging biceps. Oh, Faith Hill, you, lucky, lucky lady. Between his ripped bod, a pair of tight jeans and his staple cowboy hat, it would be understandable if fans had a hard time focusing on the 46-year-old father of three's songs. "It just sort of exudes this sense of freedom," McGraw said of his tour, "and exudes this sense of rebelliousness a little bit, and the record itself has this optimistic sort of »
For even those most accustomed to the frenzy of celebrity, the Cannes Film Festival can be a disorienting experience.
For 12 days every year, the French Rivera resort town turns into one giant seaside swirl of glamour, high art and backroom deal-making. Like some sun-drenched phantasm, all of cinema comes alive in Cannes: its serious ambitions, bottom-line commerce and crass spectacle.
"Every time I go to Cannes, it feels like I'm entering the helicopter scene in `La Dolce Vita,'" says Leonardo DiCaprio. "It's an insane experience. The entire town is turned into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. But at the same time, it is the mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking and bold filmmaking."
This year's Cannes, the 66th, kicks off Wednesday with Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a 3-D extravaganza starring DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. In many ways, the movie's lavish, star-powered decadence epitomizes Cannes. »
Whether for better or worse, nothing makes you sit up quite like a scenery chewing, over-the-top performance. It’s something you will always remember and actors such as Sean Penn, Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage and Jack Nicholson have made careers out of dialing it up and overwhelming the screen. It’s certainly one way to make an impression, although, more often than not, an over-the-top performance will be hideously grating and remind you of that horrible B-movie you accidentally stumbled across on late night TV once.
You will often find ludicrously over-the-top performances in comedy, and sometimes it works, like in the case of Charlie Day and Jeremy Piven, but often it wears thin very quickly like the films of Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. No matter how good or bad the performance is, a true over-the-top performance will have you talking, and if cinema has taught us anything, nothing »
- Sam Moore
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
A new report claims that the British beauty may play Anastasia Steele in the film. Joe Wright is in the running to direct the film and he loves having Keira star as his leading lady. Do you think she’s the right choice?
Keira Knightley To Play Anastasia Steele?
Here’s the thing, Joe has a great relationship with Focus and Universal which is the film company that is slated to make the film. This British director has made four films with them: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonementand Pride & Prejudice. Guess who has starred in three of those movies? Keira!
Plus, if you’ve read the books, you know that Anastasia is supposed to be a skinny, brunette. But Anastasia is »
- Chloe Melas
Atonement director reportedly frontrunner for film adaptation of El James's notorious knee-trembler
Joe Wright, the acclaimed British director of Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to direct the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of "mommy porn" literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade bible says Wright is currently top of Universal's list for the film version of El James's infamous knee-trembler, which has been the subject of rabid speculation ever since the studio announced the production in July 2012. Another Brit, TV screenwriter Kelly Marcel, is in charge of the script.
But there has been no official word on cast or director, much to the chagrin of James's legions of fans. Among those tipped to star as kinky billionaire businessman Christian Grey and his initially virginal paramour-turned-willing sex slave Anastasia Steele are Ryan Gosling, Mila Kunis, James Deen and Emma Watson, though »
- Ben Child
It was recently reported that director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and actor Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shot a scene from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book in order to convince Universal Pictures that Van Sant is the right man to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. The studio is definitely considering Van Sant, but it has also been in talks with Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster). And now comes word that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina) is also in talks and has become the favorite to get the job. Universal likes Wright because so many of his movies focus on young female characters. "Fifty Shades of Grey" chronicles a sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. »
Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation has gone through the rumour mill quite a bit. Practically everyone who’s ever worked in the industry has at some point been attached. Now, The Wrap reports that Anna Karenina director Joe Wright is the frontrunner in Universal and Focus Pictures’ shortlist of suitable candidates. Also on the list are Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Last Days), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball).
Apparently, two of the film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are keen for Wright to take the gig. Focus have previously assumed distribution duties on four of Wright’s films, so having an established relationship with the director might sway things his way.
Wright’s name has been bandied about a whole host of projects recently too, including a remake of My Fair Lady. He’s brought out strong performances from leading ladies in recent years. »
- Gem Seddon
They’ve had the property since early last year but Focus Features and Universal Pictures are still to move ahead in gathering a cast and director for the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy best-seller Fifty Shades Of Grey. A number of weeks ago we brought you news of Oscar-winner Gus Van Sant’s attempt at nabbing the gig after shooting deflowering test footage with Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and an unnamed actress. It appears not have worked as word is the studio have their eye on another award-winning filmmaker.
Strong word is Joe Wright has emerged as a front-runner and has an established relationship with Focus and Universal having directed period dramas Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina, as well as romantic war drama Atonement and action-thriller Hanna. Does that mean we could see frequent collaborator Keira Knightly dropping her drawers as kinky virgin Anastasia Steele? Perhaps a long shot »
- Craig Hunter
The Butler is happening, and it is… serious.
The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight different presidents. Forest Whitaker plays the title role, but he’s surrounded by enough starpower to fuel a few hundred Correspondents’ Dinners. Below, I’ve embedded the trailer, but for now let’s rank the 10 Zaniest parts of this damn thing, which is slated for an October release.
- Louis Virtel
After four days, Iron Man 3 was running just 13% behind The Avengers at the same stage of its UK run, suggesting that the film would finish a lot closer to the superhero team-up (£51.9m) than to either of the earlier Iron Man movies. Seven days later, and it's a similar story, with Iron Man 3 at an impressive £24.6m as of Sunday night, a slim 18% behind Avengers at the same point of release. If it continues at a similar pace, Iron Man 3 should end up around £42-43m here. The first Iron Man film maxed out at £17.4m, while the sequel made it to £21.3m, so the third episode looks set to double its predecessor.
With bank holiday takings added in, »
- Charles Gant
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