10 items from 2014
Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week’s 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.
Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they’re gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and more niche-oriented films such as American Experience/PBS Films’ doc Last Days In Vietnam and Oscilloscope’s Art And Craft. Starz Media also scored a robust gross for the second week of Not Cool, featuring YouTube star Shane Dawson, as it migrated east to New York and was also profiled on a Starz channel doc series.
CBS Films’ Pride can be proud of scoring the weekend’s highest average among new titles. »
- Brian Brooks
Always looking good, Katie Holmes looked especially fresh-faced and glowing at the premiere of her new movie 'Days And Nights' in New York City. The 35-year-old actress showed off her slender legs in a pair of skinny jeans, opting for a silky blue tank top and fitted blazer on top. Earlier this year, the brunette beauty said she had no regrets about her time with ex-husband Tom Cruise. Katie, who split from the 52-year-old actor in June 2012 after six years of marriage, insists she is "really grateful" for all of her experiences but prefers to focus on the future and caring for their daughter, Suri, eight. Asked if she ever felt like making a deal to go back to the low-key life she had before she started dating the A-list actor in 2005, the 'Giver' star told Matt Lauer on the Today Show: "You know what? I never really look back. »
Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant
Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems unjustified. Actor Christian Camargo has reworked Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull for his directorial debut, Days and Nights, curiously setting the Russian tragedy in 1984 New England. With an extremely lucrative cast at hand, Camargo’s fiddling around with the text isn’t completely bereft of ingenious new ways to converse with Chekov’s classic, though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a Wasp’s nest. While it isn’t necessary to be familiar with the material Camargo is in correspondence with, one’s awareness of it may impede rather than enhance this film, which often feels strained or confused upon comparison.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend in 1984, and famous »
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend, Denzel Washington will stop at nothing to save Chloë Grace Moretz in the bloody action thriller "The Equalizer," a young boy tries to save his underground friends from an evil exterminator in the stop-motion animation movie "The Boxtrolls," the fourth season of "Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday night on ABC, and the Golden Globe-winning comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns for its second season Sunday night on Fox.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Two Faces of January" follows a con artist (Viggo Mortensen), his wife (Kirsten Dunst), and a stranger (Oscar Isaac) who flee Athens after getting caught up in the death of a private detective. "Pride" is a comedy-drama that follows U.K. gay activists working to help miners during their prolonged strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. "Days and Nights" follows a family dealing with desire and the fragility of love over one weekend. »
- Jonny Black
Every Chekhov adaptation presents unhappiness in its own way, albeit typically at a country house where a tense family gathering exposes each character's underlying discontent. Loosely based on The Seagull, writer and director Christian Camargo's debut feature, Days and Nights, unfolds during Memorial Day 1984, when Reagan's America offered Cold War propaganda, a deadly immunodeficiency virus, and an atmosphere of stifled creativity. There's a touch of Grey Gardens to the New England lake house owned by Elizabeth (Allison Janney), an actress who brings her latest paramour home for the holiday weekend. Camargo casts himself as the outsider, Peter, a Hollywood director who becomes the focus of desire, resentment, and hostility. Peter immediately senses a ruin »
Set in 1980s New England, the story follows a movie star (Allison Janney), who brings her new boyfriend to a family retreat on Memorial Day weekend that turns disastrous. Christian Camargo co-stars and makes his directorial debut with this adaptation, which also stars Katie Holmes, Ben Whishaw, Jean Reno, William Hurt, Juliet Rylance, Michael Nyqvist, Cherry Jones, Russell Means and Mark Rylance, arriving in theaters and on VOD platforms September 26.
Days and Nights is writer/director Christian Camargo's directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The »
Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to the comedy Hellaware, Michael M Bilandic’s comedy inspired by the New York art scene and the band Insane Clown Posse. The story of a photographer who becomes seduced by success stars Keith Poulson and Sophia Takal and will open theatrically on September 26, three days after digital launch. »
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IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to the drama “Days and Nights,” starring Katie Holmes, the company announced Thursday. William Hurt, Allison Janney and Ben Wishaw co-star in writer-director Christian Camargo's film inspired by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's play “The Seagull.” Also read: Katie Holmes Vigilante Comedy ‘Miss Meadows’ Lands U.S. Distribution Set in rural New England in the 1980s, “Days and Nights” is centered around a fading movie star who brings her paramour to her lakeside estate to visit her ailing brother and son, a fledgling artist, over Memorial Day Weekend. Reckless desire leads »
- Greg Gilman
Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to fashion documentary "Dior And I" for a theatrical release later this year. Frederic Tcheng's behind-the-scenes dock looks at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Haute Couture collection for the House of Christian Dior.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights for Susanna Fogel's "Life Partners". Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe star in the story of a straight woman and a lesbian best friend who find their relationship dynamics changing after the former falls for a new man.
Lionsgate has acquired U.K. rights to Adam Smith's directorial debut "Trespass Against Us" which begins shooting this Summer. Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear star in the story of three generations of the rowdy outlaw Cutler family.
The Weinstein Company has payed an estimated $3 million for U.S. rights to the Irish filmmaker John Carney »
- Garth Franklin
The film is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and follows a family of eccentrics, each in love with an unrequited “other”, who strive to make sense of their own reckless and at times comically absurd desires.
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10 items from 2014
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