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Though it may sound a tad far-fetched, there will be a number of theaters not showing the latest installment in Michael Bay's juggernaut Transformers film series. Likewise, there are no doubt a good many cinephiles wishing a break from the continuing saga of those deceptacons. Luckily, the indie film world has come to the rescue with one of the most diverse July arthouse lineups ever Liam Neeson in a rare non-action role, an anticipated Lacarre adaptation, a celebration of one of the movie world's most prolific figures and the unveiling of Richard Linklater's coming-of-age opus.
Third Person (currently in theaters)
Boasting one of the most impressive and eclectic casts of the year, Paul Haggis' Third Person looks to inject some much-needed human drama into a summer dominated by special effects. A writer in Paris (Neeson) is torn between his mistress (Olivia Wilde) and his »
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher got multi-culti last weekend! The engaged couple attended the wedding of Google executive Nikesh Arora, held at the luxurious Borgo Egnazia Resort in Puglia, Italy, where they participated in a traditional Indian ceremony. Kunis, 30, currently pregnant with the pair's first child, and Kutcher dressed (and matched!) in head to toe traditional garb for the festivities. The Third Person actress, meanwhile, looked pretty in a mint green outfit embellished with crystals around her neckline and burgeoning tummy. Kutcher, 36, complemented his fiancee's [...] »
When it's hot outside, there's no better place to cool off than a movie theater — except when it turns into Hollywood hell. Yes, our intrepid Peter Travers has returned with his trusty Scum Bucket to regale you with his tales of suffering through the absolute worst movies of June.
The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Travers needs to say little more than the title of the movie clocking in at number 10, All Cheerleaders Must Die. Though he adds a curt "Do I need to say more?" before moving right along to The Signal, »
As amply evidenced by his latest film, Third Person, Paul Haggis is a purveyor of pain, which isn't something I would ever expect from someone who wrote for the 1980s TV sitcom The Facts of Life and created small-screen shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger and Due South. It's possible that Haggis' career since then has been a reaction to those experiences, although the more likely explanation is that he is more willing than most to tap a deep personal reservoir of despair, whether from personality or knowledge, and express dark emotions through his characters, especially in films he has directed, such as Crash and The Next Three Days. The latter, at least, had a strong narrative hook that gave the film a modest impetus....
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Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Running Time: 2 hrs 14 mins
Release Date: June 20, 2014
Plot: The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, based on the Broadway musical of the same name.
Who’S It For? Eastwood fans to be disappointed, or music fans to be bored.
In my interview with Paul Haggis for his recently-released film Third Person, the former Oscar-friendly screenwriter brought something to my attention about his working relationship with Clint Eastwood, which I could have guessed, but didn’t know: with Haggis’ scripts like Flags of Our Fathers, Eastwood didn’t ask for any rewrites, and began shooting with a first draft. It explained so much, especially when I finally caught up with Jersey Boys. Eastwood’s stories are as strong as his scripts, his directorial ability to really influence a project as »
- Nick Allen
Chicago – Don’t you hate it when you figure out where a film is going long before it gets there? That could be a problem with “Third Person,” but writer/director Paul Haggis (“Crash”) also adds enough secrets to chew on and enough multiple pathways to explore. Enter at your own risk.
This is an intertwining ensemble piece, much like the filmmaker’s previous 2005 Best Picture, “Crash,” and promises to be just as engaging as that film. Liam Neeson takes a break from action pictures to romance a younger woman in his story, as he goes from her writing mentor to lover. He struggles with a new novel in the background of all this, and the distance between his reality and his characters start to coincide. This is a treatise on love and all its dread and possibilities, and proves the assertion of Paul Haggis – in an interview with HollywoodChicago. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Writer/director Paul Haggis puts himself behind the camera once again for Third Person, an unraveling ball of yarn that tells of a writer (Liam Neeson) who becomes involved with his protege (Olivia Wilde) in Paris, a New York artist (James Franco) and the mother of his son (Mila Kunis), and an American (Adrien Brody) who becomes involved in the plight of an Italian woman (Moran Atias). The international drama is like his previous Crash, but takes a less literal route in finding common ground behind these diverse stories.
In 2004 Haggis received two Oscars for Crash, his second directed film, including the award for “Best Picture.” After that success he wrote films for Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima) and the first two James Bond films from the Daniel Craig era, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Haggis most recently directed The Next Three Days »
- Nick Allen
Olivia Wilde Responds To GQ Review
In GQ writer Tom Carson’s review of Third Person, he writes, “She's supposed to be a writer … but your belief in that won't outlast Wilde scampering naked through hotel corridors. With that tush, who'd need to be literate? Who'd want to?”
The ill-conceived joke was picked up on by Jezebal, which tweeted a link to their thought-piece titled “Olivia’s Wilde’s Ass Is Too Nice for Her to Play a Writer.” When Wilde saw the article, she replied, “Kiss my smart a--, GQ.”
Ha. Kiss my smart ass, GQ. “@Jezebel: Olivia Wilde's ass too nice for her to play a writer, says GQ review http://t.co/WJx8BbjWgJ”
— olivia wilde »
Chicago – Not many Oscar winning screeenwriters change the course of their professional lives because of a dream (story below), but Paul Haggis is an exceptionally brilliant writer whose credits include “Crash” (2005) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) – which both won Best Picture – and his new film, “Third Person.”
“Third Person” is about the life a writer, portrayed by Liam Neeson, and it is about the circumstances surrounding his life. The ensemble cast includes Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Kim Basinger, all surrounding and inspiring Neeson’s character. This is the fourth film Paul Haggis has directed, among his many creations as a TV and film writer.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
Paul Haggis was born in London, Ontario, and bounced around in his early years as a artist and photographer, and studied cinematography at Fanshawe College in Canada. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Olivia Wilde has been given multiple apologies after a sexist joke in a GQ review of her film Third Person implied she is too sexy to play a writer. In his recent piece on the film, movie critic Tom Carson wrote of Wilde, "She's supposed to be a writer too, but your belief in that won't outlast Wilde scampering naked through hotel corridors once Neeson playfully locks her out of his room. With that tush, who'd need to be literate? Who'd want to?" »
- Erica Tempesta
Much like Crash, the latest film from Oscar winner Paul Haggis, Third Person, features a large cast of characters that all have something in common. Starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger, and more, it tells the intertwined love stories of three couples in different parts of the world.
Where does Haggis’ own story begin? We sat him down for our new video series, Origin Stories, to find out when he first started telling tales, which filmmakers inspired him, and where the idea for Third Person came from.
Third Person is in theaters now. »
- Samantha Highfill
Mila Kunis may have woken up on the wrong side of the bed the morning of her recent press tour for Third Person. The expectant actress had a rather uncomfortable interview with Stephen Whitty of the Star-Ledger where she called him out for asking about her thoughts on Ukraine and her burgeoning movie career. The chat was off to an awkward start when Whitty asked how her pregnancy has been going, to which she replied, "I don't talk about that for publication." Hmmm… And when questioned by the journalist if she's keen on taking more dramatic roles to challenge herself, Kunis quipped that making comedic films is just as difficult. "I hate when people ask me this »
Mila Kunis, usually known for being laid back and occasionally off the cuff with the press, was not having it with The Star-Ledger reporter Stephen Whitty when they sat down for an interview about her new movie “Third Person,” at least from his perspective. Whitty apparently didn't have the best experience interviewing the actress and has now recounted in detail every horrifying moment of their encounter. The New Jersey journalist says it started out on the wrong foot when he asked Kunis how she was feeling. Not happy about what she presumed was a personal question about her pregnancy, Kunis fires back: ”I don't. »
- Linda Ge
Films from two established directors (Paul Haggis and Roman Polanski) offered well-hyped new releases this weekend. Polanski's "Venus In Fur" (IFC), also available on Video on Demand, was the clear leader. Paul Haggis' "Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well, doomed by high profile negative reviews. And things are not looking good among expanding films, without any strong new film in recent weeks. A24's bleak road movie "The Rover" continues to disappoint as it did in its initial runs. The same company's "Obvious Child" is finding some traction, while Music Box' Polish period sleeper "Ida" continues to surprise, now at over $2 million. Opening "Venus in Fur" (IFC/Sundance Classics) - Criticwire: B; Metacritic: 68; Festivals include: Cannes 2013, Tribeca 2014, City of Lights City of Angels 2014; also available on Video on Demand $26,200 in theaters; PSA; $13,100 "Venus in Fur"'s U.S. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Today’s film is the 1991 short Revolver. The film is written and directed by Chester Dent, and stars Elaine Proctor and Liam Neeson. Over the course of an acting career spanning over 35 years, Neeson has made a name for himself in a variety of roles in movies such as Husbands and Wives, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy, Love Actually, Batman Begins, and Taken. His newest feature, titled Third Person, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend. He can also be seen in theatres in the film A Million Ways To Die In the West.
- Deepayan Sengupta
“Think Like a Man Too,” raised the roof at multiplexes this weekend, carousing its way to $30 million domestically, according to studio estimates.
The Sony Pictures and Screen Gems sequel premiered on 2,225 screens and cost a modest $24 million to produce. It was able to capitalize on star Kevin Hart’s rising profile as it held off challenges from “22 Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
“It’s not bad being number one,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. “The girls versus the guys element and getting the perspective of both sexes is something that’s always appealing to folks.”
However, it could not match the $33.6 million debut of the first film in the series in what was altogether a ho-hum weekend at the U.S. box office.
Overall, the box office hit roughly $151 million, down 37.4% from the same period a year ago, when “World War Z »
- Brent Lang
“Third Person,” the latest interlocking drama from “Crash” writer-director Paul Haggis, is as uninvolving as the detached moniker suggests. It attempts to serve up deep truths about love and loss, but only manages to be precious and overheated. It's hard to imagine it provoking the same passionate debates as the Oscar-winning “Crash,” which divided cinephiles with its depiction of racism in Los Angeles. Say what you will about that movie, at least it had vitality and interesting characters. The same cannot be said of “Third Person,” which originally debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last year. See video: James Franco Is a. »
- Diane Garrett
It’s not so much that Paul Haggis is a bad filmmaker but that his talents seem so unsuited to what he apparently wants to do. Crash purported to be a hard-hitting look at assumptions about race and class in Los Angeles, but its characters and situations felt so contrived — as if they’d been manhandled into place in order to illustrate Important Themes — that it set off bullshit detectors left and right. (Yes, yes, it won Best Picture … and this is a tricky game to get into, but there seem to be few Best Picture winners that are more hated.) Haggis’s talents lie in the fabulistic, not the reflective; he can tell a story, he just can’t tell a realistic one.In Third Person, Haggis returns to the we’re-all-connected Grand Statement structure of Crash, but he’s wisely foregrounded the artificiality. It starts on the image »
- Bilge Ebiri
From writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash), Third Person tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal, and plays out in New York, Paris and Rome, across three couples. A prize-winning fiction author named Michael (Liam Neeson) has left his wife (Kim Basinger) because of an affair with an ambitious young journalist named Anna (Olivia Wilde). Meanwhile, Scott (Adrien Brody) meets a beautiful and mysterious Roma woman named Monika (Moran Atias), who needs money to be reunited with her young daughter. And ex-soap opera actress Julia (Mila Kunis) is caught in a custody battle for her son with her famous ex-husband (James Franco). At the film’s press day, director Paul Haggis spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about where the idea for this film started, why he wanted to tell this story with multiple characters, how he put this cast together, the most challenging locations to shoot in, »
- Christina Radish
Kevin Hart is back in the box office running this weekend with Think Like a Man Too. The star comedian had two early 2014 hits: one modest (About Last Night) and one a veritable smash (Ride Along). He’s his own bar for success.
Sony’s $12 million Think Like a Man opened in April 2012 to $33.6 million — a surprise only to some in the industry. Based on Steve Harvey’s popular self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the Tim Story-directed comedy boasted an all-star cast including Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Taraji P. Henson and went on to gross $91.5 million domestically. »
- Lindsey Bahr
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