14 items from 2014
The story follows the newest student at a boarding school who confronts the darkly seductive powers of the headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural abilities that could make her great or destroy her.
Besides the “Twilight” franchise, Temple Hill also produced “The Fault in our Stars, »
- Dave McNary
A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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We need a bigger word than humanist.
That was a word I used to describe the lovely, honest, sensitive Rise of the Planet of the Apes — and god, did it feel good to be able to connect those words with a big-budget science fiction movie. But now it feels too small to encompass where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes the ongoing story. People-ist is the first coinage that leaps to mind, clunky as it is. Because there are nonhumans here who are as fully people as the humans are… in fact, the story is very much about the humans coming to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The survival story, which was published last year, is set in a world where fresh water is almost nonexistent. The protagonist is a young woman who has been taught to defend her pond against every threat.
“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” said Meghan Hibbett, Meyer’s producing partner at Fickle Fish. “This story seamlessly blends gritty and dangerous dystopian realism with the larger themes of life vs. survival that we feel audiences will really respond to.”
Meyer wrote the four “Twilight” books and served as a producer on the final two “Twilight” movies. She also was a producer on “The Host,” which was adapted from her sci-fi novel. Fickle Fish’s first movie, the quirky comedy “Austenland,” was »
- Dave McNary
Did you hear the one about the gritty, female-driven debut Ya novel — a harsh story of survival and deprivation – that was optioned for a movie?
This time, the book in question is Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, which is set in a future where the American government strictly controls access to water. (So, Urinetown, but with less singing. Probably.) The novel, published in September 2013, has just been optioned by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films, a company that so far has produced only 2013′s Austenland.
“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” Meyer’s »
- Hillary Busis
Tom Riley ("Da Vinci's Demons"), James Corden ("One Chance"), Craig Roberts ("Submarine"), Georgia King ("Austenland") and Edward Hogg ("Bunny and the Bull" have joined the comedy "Kill Your Friends".
Nicholas Hoult plays a 27-year-old A&R man who is slashing and burning his way through the music business, fueled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, looking for the next hit record. [Source: Heat Vision]
Ed Helms is attached to star in the comedy "Epic Fail" which Lionsgate has just picked up. Mike Arnold and Chris Poole will write the script while Helms, Michael Falbo and Nicky Weinstock will produce.
The story follows an elite, but highly unorthodox, special forces team who take their "dysfunction and excessive firepower" on a desperate mission to save America. The team is led by the heavily mustached 'The Walrus'. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
We first told you about the feature film adaptation of John Niven's Kill Your Friends during last year's Afm. Today the cast has filled out in the fullest of ways. Read on for all of the latest details.
According to THR, Craig Roberts (22 Jump Street), Tom Riley (TV's "Da Vinci’s Demons"), Georgia King (Austenland), James Corden (Tony Award winner, One Man, Two Guvnors), and Edward Hogg (Bunny and the Bull) have joined the cast for satirical comedy Kill Your Friends, starring Nicholas Hoult (pictured; Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class).
The flick tells the story of an A&R man who, desperately searching for the next big hit, takes the concept of killer tunes to a murderous new level.
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- Uncle Creepy
London — Satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends,” about the era of Britpop music, has started lensing in London for a five-week shoot.
Pic is set in London in 1997, when the British music industry is on a winning streak. A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the biz. Fuelled by greed, ambition and drugs, he lives the dream, as he searches for the next hit. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level.
Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jack the Giant Slayer”) takes the lead role of Stelfox, and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Craig Roberts (“22 Jump Street,” “Submarine”), Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons, »
- Leo Barraclough
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Best Man Holiday (comedy; Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs; rated R) Ender's Game (Ya sci-fi/action; Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford; rated PG-13) The Armstrong Lie (documentary; Lance Armstrong; rated R) The Artist and the Model (drama; Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale; rated R) Austenland (comedy; Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie; rated PG-13) Khumba (animated family film, voices: Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; not rated) Knights of...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, desperately wants a bike of her own, and after a bunch of her own money-making schemes fail, she enters her school's Koran memorization contest for the prize money.
Why We're In: Writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour has crafted an excellent movie, but in addition to that, "Wadjda" is the first feature-length film made entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film written and directed by a Saudi woman.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition"
What's It About? Mowgli is a human child who's most literally raised by wolves, but as he grows up it becomes clear to his buddies Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther that it's time for him to go live with other people.
Why We're In: It's a Disney classic with all the trimmings. »
- Jenni Miller
February is traditionally the greyest, dampest month and therefore an opportune time to unleash Prisoners (Entertainment One, 15) into Britain's living rooms: Denis Villeneuve's rain-pelted, Pennsylvania-set thriller is so ostentatiously gloomy as to make the dregs of winter positively sparkle by comparison. That's a compliment of sorts. Solemn, cement-thick atmosphere – Roger Deakins's cinematography has been deservedly Oscar-nominated – elevates the absurdities in this lengthy, engrossing bit of pulp, which follows a suburban kidnapping case through to some very bitter ends.
Hugh Jackman (on unusually steely form) is the rampaging father scorned, Jake Gyllenhaal reprises his Zodiac performance to slightly lesser effect as the dogged detective, Melissa Leo plays the patented Melissa Leo role as the mangy shut-in who may or may not know more than she's letting on. Québécois auteur »
- Guy Lodge
Well, that’s one way to pump a guy for information. Marco Grob / GQ. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, stars of FX’s espionage drama “The Americans,” appear in the latest issue of GQ. And as you can see, Russell doesn’t do much to keep herself undercover, stripping down to lingerie to plant herself in Rhys’ lap. (In case you’re wondering, Russell’s bra and panties are from luxury lingerie line Agent Provocateur.) See video: Keri Russell Is Searching for the Fictional Man of Her Dreams in ‘Austenland’ Trailer In the accompanying interview, Russell offers some insight into the appeal of the series, »
- Tim Kenneally
In 2013, Hollywood saw big box office hits with Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” and Melissa McCarthy (and Bullock again) in “The Heat.” But none of these girl-power sagas were directed by a woman.
It’s the same old story. Four years after Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the directing Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” the industry still has a terrible track record on gender equality behind the camera. As we head into awards season, the Oscar buzz is all about the guys (see Alfonso Cuaron, Steven McQueen, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Spike Jonze, etc.).
Women did not direct any tentpole features in 2013 with the exception of Disney’s animated “Frozen,” made by the duo Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The most successful movie directed solely by a woman was Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Jane Seymour doesn't look like the average 62-year-old woman. And yet, the Austenland actress—who proudly poses in a hot pink bikini on the Jan. 13 cover of Closer Weekly—insists that she hasn't gone to extraordinary lengths in an effort to maintain her youthful appearance. "God, I'm in better shape now in some ways than I was when I was doing the Bond film," says Seymour, who starred in 1973's Live and Let Die. "I don't do major fasts or work out crazily every day. I hope I can inspire people! I just want to be as healthy as I can be for as long as I can." The 5-foot-3 star exercises for an hour a day, three days a week. Seymour does a combination of spinning, light »
14 items from 2014
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