• 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
Koch Media has secured a hat-trick of acquisitions for UK distribution, following thsi month’s Efm in Berlin, including Zac Braff comedy drama Wish I Was Here, Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton rom com And So It Goes…, and zombie comedy Life After Beth, headed by rising stars Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza.
Koch will release all three titles in 2014.
Marking Zac Braff’s first film behind the camera since Garden State in 2004, Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here tells the story of a man in his 30s whose life has become directionless, but is forced to change drastically on learning of his father’s terminal cancer. Braff takes the lead role alongside Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene and Mandy Patinkin.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It was announced Friday (Feb. 21) that Pink was going to be performing at the 86th Annual Academy Awards telecast on March 2 (otherwise known as the Oscars.) Pink fans everywhere said "cool!" and then, "Huh ... Ok."
Not that we don't want Pink to perform. She's amazing, and no, she's not lip-synching ever ever, you jaded haters, even when she's spinning over your heads. But she's not usually associated with movies (even though she did appear in the 2013 ensemble drama "Thanks for Sharing.") And the Oscars aren't usually inviting pop stars on to perform when they don't have a nominated song or something specifically movie-related. The Oscars aren't the more laid-back Golden Globes. This is Hollywood's biggest night.
File under, “Love This!”
She even gave The Academy a shout out over on Twitter:
Big news!!! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy for inviting me to perform on the #Oscars on March 2nd!! #holycow
— P!nk (@Pink) February 21, 2014
Holy cow is right!
“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”
- Michelle McCue
Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the 86th Annual Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
"We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."
Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single "Just Give Me A Reason" from her 2012 album "The Truth About Love." The song was her eighth to reach No. »
There's a lot of gold at the Oscars; now, there will be a little bit of Pink.
"We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time," they said in a joint statement. "She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."
The hugely successful singer has sold over 50 million albums and 95 million singles. She's won three Grammys and six MTV Video Music Awards, and was named »
- Kelly Woo
We're always happy when readers can add some interesting angles to our coverage of retro films. Here is a letter we received from Canadian subscriber Andrew Merey:
"Further to your review of Room 43, it should be noted the movie has a terrific main title jazz theme by British composer Ken Jones (he also did the music for Fire Down Below (1957) and Tarzan Goes to India (1962)). The Room 43 title them was released as a single on Warner Bros. (5078)in 1959. Ray Anthony also recorded his own interpretation of the Room 43 theme (Capitol 4275) also in 1959."
Retro responds: Thanks for sharing this info, Andy...it adds another dimension to a worthwhile British low-budget effort that has much to recommend about it. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
This is the best we have ever seen Gwyneth Paltrow look!The actress stunned at the 2014 Goldene Kamera award show in Germany on Saturday. Wearing a Prada ruby sequined gown and her hair in loose curls, Gwyn definitely had all eyes on her! Paltrow wasn't the only A-list star at the event -- the "Thanks For Sharing" actress was joined by Matthew McConaughey, Andie McDonald and Diane Keaton at the show. We love seeing the blonde beauty showing off her enviable figure -- how do you think she looks? Tell toofab in the comment section below and check out more of the 41-year-old's sexiest styles in the gallery above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Thanks for Sharing, 2012.
Directed by Stuart Blumberg
Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is a recovering sex addict, who begins to doubt his six years of celibacy when he meets dream girl Phoebe (Gwenyth Paltrow). Leader of the self help group, Mike (Tim Robbins), has his own problems as his recovering drug addict son returns home, much to his discomfort. Mike and Adam also try and guide young doctor Neil (Josh Gad) whose career is almost ruined several times over by his sex addiction. Neil meets newcomer Dede (Alecia Moore/Pink), as he wonders if she'll be able to save him from himself.
There is one huge problem that plagues Thanks for Sharing as a film, and it appears almost immediately. Thanks for Sharing claims to be a film about sex addiction, but it doesn't understand the addiction »
Q: Tell us about Thanks for Sharing...
Stuart Blumberg: Thanks for Sharing is the story of 3 men who are in a 12 step recovery program for sex addiction in New York City and it tells the story of how through their friendship and their fellowship and their struggles, they help each other recover and be the best people they can be.
Q: Can you walk us through each storyline?
Sb: Sure. There is the character that Mark Ruffalo plays, named Adam, and Adam is a successful environment consultant who has been in the program for about 5 years. And he had a really sort of tough, checkered past, full of lots of sort of dark stuff and when he got into the program he »
- Gary Collinson
Gwyneth Paltrow's latest Diy project? Oh, just completely redecorating one of the rooms in her New York home. Yes, instead of using a pricey interior designer, the Oscar-winner decided to take the task on solo. Well, not entire alone she did have the help of Room in a Box creator Windsor Smith. In her latest Goop newsletter, the Thanks for Sharing star details each step of the new inventive process and gives fans a glimpse into her East Hampton pad. "You go on the site, upload photos, dimensions, the pieces you want to keep, inspirational photos of your dream space, price point, etc. A few weeks later, your box arrives with an illustration of your new room, fabric samples, furniture and suggestions »
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"It feels like we're immersed inside the car, with the smell of burning rubber permeating our nostrils and the cacophonous sound of screeching tyres blaring in our ears."
Read Digital Spy's full review
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"Filth is a bold, brilliant and dirty ride through the inner workings of a man's fractured and tormented mind. Much like Bryan Cranston's towering turn in Breaking Bad, James McAvoy's performance shows us the »
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, in its first week on iTunes, J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" joined the list in the #1 spot. Also new to the list is Jill Soloway's "Afternoon Delight." The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. All is Lost (Roadside Attractions, $6,206,804) 2. Kings of Summer (CBS Films, $1,315,590) 3. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 4. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 5. The Way Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,506,546) 6. Closed Circuit (Focus Features, $5,750,401) 7. Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company, $16,101,339) 8. Afternoon Delight (The Film Arcade, $174,496) 9. Thanks for Sharing (Roadside Attractions, $1,065,881) 10. »
- Paula Bernstein
To mark the release of Thanks For Sharing on 3rd February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Thanks For Sharing is the hilarious yet moving story of different people’s battle with a taboo problem: sex addiction. With stellar performances and an acting debut from international best-selling music star, Alecia Moore, otherwise known as Pink, Thanks For Sharing is a film that lifts the lid on sex addiction – and all the problems that come with it.
The film follows the lives of three friends who meet while attending 12-step meetings to help treat their addiction to sex. Tim Robbins plays Mike, a recovering addict and patriarch of the group whose twenty-something son has returned home after months away struggling with his own issues. Mike’s sponsee is Adam (Mark Ruffalo), who has been a success story of the program for six years due mainly to his on-going celibacy. »
Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow are thrown into a sticky situation in Stuart Blumberg's romantic dramedy Thanks for Sharing. While Phoebe (Paltrow) might have some of her own foibles, she soon realises that Adam (Ruffalo) is a recovering sex addict, five years sober. The film is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are five reasons to stop whatever you're doing and watch Thanks for Sharing as soon as humanly possible:
The filmmakers try to trick us by crediting her by her given name, Alecia Moore, but there is no disguising the actress playing sex addict Dede. It is, of course, Digital Spy favourite Pink. Better known for her music (and some dramatic accompanying videos), Moore pulls out a top performance in Thanks for Sharing.
2. An original take on the rom-com premise
Thanks for Sharing gives us an original take on the usual romantic comedy/drama. »
Based on the inspiring true events, Gimme Shelter centers on the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager. Forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), and turned away by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Apple finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival. In the depths of despair, she meets a compassionate stranger (James Earl Jones), who ultimately leads her to salvation and unprecedented support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers. With gained confidence, and the warmth of her new home, Apple breaks from her inhibiting past, embracing the future with clarity and hope.
Hudgens’ immersed herself in the character and delivers a transformative and stunning performance. To prepare, she lived for weeks in pregnancy shelters, interacting with the young, homeless mothers who also appear in the film, completely altering her appearance unrecognizable. »
- Fernando Esquivel
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.
streaming now, while it’s in cinemas
The Square: history firsthand, in progress, and unfinished; an invaluable record of revolutionary spirit, and of the lengths to which a threatened leadership will go to preserve itself [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
Donnie Darko: teenaged Jake Gyllenhaal versus satanic bunny Frank [my review] [at Netflix] Robot & Frank: thoroughly charming and cleverly original sci-fi comedy with a wonderful performance by Frank Langella [at Netflix] Step Brothers: wonderfully absurdist farce finally holds up endless male adolescence as a thing to be ridiculed, not celebrated [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Prisoners: a superb film that shifts from unvarnished depictions of terrible, tragic, mundane reality to almost unbearable suspense; an intense, uncomfortable, unforgettable cinematic experience [my review] [at blinkbox] Rush: a thoroughly magnificent film on every level, with astonishing performances »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, "Enough Said" and "The Spectacular Now" top the list. The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 2. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 3. Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company, $16,101,339) 4. Reasonable Doubt (Lionsgate, N/A) 5. Closed Circuit (Focus Features, $5,750,401) 6. Short Term 12 (Cinedigm, $1,008,984) 7. The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,506,546) 8. Life of a King (Millennium Entertainment, $4,300) 9. G.B.F. (Vertical Entertainment, N/A) 10. Thanks for Sharing (Roadside Attractions, $1,065,881) »
- Paula Bernstein
Digital Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $44.99
Not to be confused with the 2010 disaster movie, Disney’s Frozen is an animated winter romp.
The movie tells the story of Anna (Kristen Bell, The Lifeguard), a fearless optimist who teams up with mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff, TV’s Glee) to save their kingdom. Arendelle has been trapped in eternal winter by Elsa (Idina Menzel, Enchanted), Anna’s sister, who has icy powers and isn’t afraid to use them.
In today's edition of things you didn't need to know about a "celebrity," Jon Gosselin proudly announced to the world that he got a vasectomy. You know, because apparently eight kids is more than enough for him.
During an appearance on the "Wendy Williams Show," the 36-year-old father of eight revealed that he and his girlfriend Liz Jannetta won't be having any kids of their own. "We can't have more kids. Yeah, I'm fixed," Gosselin says. Thanks for sharing? At least he's happy now.
But that's not all Gosselin had to say during his interview on Tuesday (Jan. 14). He also revealed that his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, after claiming last August that her ex hacked into her phone and computer to access information for the unauthorized tell-all book, "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World," dropped her case against him.
"That lawsuit is over. She dismissed the case," Gosselin says. »
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