14 items from 2016
When IndieWire asked top casting directors to name the best-cast films of 2016, more than half wanted to write about “Moonlight.”
Considering the awards attention being lavished on the cast, and for Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in particular, the uniformity of opinion wasn’t entirely unexpected. However, the peers of “Moonlight” casting director Yesi Ramirez also provided eye-opening insight into the significant obstacles of casting Barry Jenkins’ film.
Read More: Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors
“Forget the Csa’s Artios Award – Yesi should get a Purple Heart,” remarked casting director Mark Bennett (“20th Century Women”).
It is a challenge to cast children, especially for the emotionally raw material found in the script that Jenkins adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play. It is a challenge to rely on local, non-acting performers. It is a challenge to find three actors to play each of the »
- Chris O'Falt
Update: The KarJenner effect is Real. Similarly to Kylie Jenner’s lip kits, Khloé Kardashian’s Good American jeans sold out very quickly. But luckily, just in time for the holidays, there has been a Good American restock at Nordstrom! The high-waisted styles are figure-flattering for all sizes, something that was extremely important to Khloé while she was designing her premium denim line. Khloé’s go-to pair worn above, the Good Legs Crop, are now available, along with some other star-loved styles like the Good Legs Destroyed Skinnies and the Good Cuts Ripped Boyfriend Jeans.
Still debating about getting a pair? »
- Brittany Talarico
You can still call her Jane… but you can’t call her a virgin anymore.
After two-plus seasons of waiting, the heroine of The CW’s Jane the Virgin finally handed in her V-card on Monday’s episode, as Jane and her new husband Michael consummated their nuptials with a passionate night in their new home. (C’mon, Jane’s already had a baby and gotten married… this was long overdue, right?)
But first, the newlyweds had to endure a little more waiting. The »
Comic Book Reviews: DC Round Up Week 09-28-2016
This week begins New York Comic Con! And your faithful comic book reviewer will be attending and looking to get as many scoops, interviews and photos possible! How does DC Comics look going into this week’s releases and Comic Con line up? Let’s take a look!
Action Comics #964
Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Patrick Zircher, Tomeu Morey
Review: So this is supposed to bring things back to the “status quo” for Superman. Ummm…I guess? Essentially Pre-Flash Point Supes brings current mystery “normal” Clark Kent the fortress of solitude. There Superman begins to inspect Clark to see just how the heck this is all possible. The final conclusion seems to be that indeed this is legit Clark Kent and The Superman of New 52 was impersonating as Clark to protect him from a dangerous organization. Now of course none of this »
- Jeremy Scully
Unified Pictures, the production company founded by Keith Kjarval that produced Rudderless, Trust Me and A Single Shot among others, is developing an animated Vampire Hunter D TV series. The popular series of Japanese novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi has spawned two movies in 1985 and 2000. We spoke with another Unified founder, Kurt Rauer, and […]
- Fred Topel
"Trust me, the night is not over." Lionsgate + Hulu have debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Joshy, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Up-and-coming actor Thomas Middleditch (seen in Being Flynn, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Bronze, The Final Girls) stars in this film as a guy named Josh(y) and it takes place at his would-be bachelor party, after his wedding is cancelled, becoming his chance to reconnect with all of his old friends. The full cast includes Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Lauren Graham, Aubrey Plaza, Joe & Kris Swanberg and Alison Brie. Looks like fun. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jeff Baena's Joshy, direct from Hulu's YouTube (via Tfs): Joshy's friends aren't going to let his cancelled wedding get in the way of his big bachelor party. Josh (Thomas Middleditch) treats what would have been his »
- Alex Billington
Welcome to Death Watch 1746 ladies and gentlemen!
While the great battle of Culloden will soon bring over 1,000 deaths (total) on both sides of the Jacobite rebellion, Outlander Season 2 Episode 12 focused on two: those of Colum MacKenzie and Alex Randall.
It wasn't just their deaths that were highlighted, but more importantly their respective relationships with their brothers and how each of them were viewed in the eyes of those they loved or who they were loved by.
We haven't seen much of Colum MacKenzie during Outlander Season 2. Seeing him now was rather bittersweet, as he'd had enough of walking this earth on his feeble legs.
Upon his arrival, it was obvious he was much weaker than usual, and even a good verbal sparring took a lot out of him.
His plan was to deliver the news he'd made his decision about the future of the MacKenzie clan. Somehow, I think Colum »
- Carissa Pavlica
Unified Pictures has reached an agreement with Vancouver-based Look to the Sky Films to join its recently announced slate fund, Variety has learned exclusively.
The fund, which will produce at least three films annually with budgets up to $15 million, was announced in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is teaming with Unified Pictures on the drama “American Violence” as the first project in the fund with Canadian venture firm Victory Square Labs.
In addition to bringing further capital into the fund, Look to the Sky will provide ongoing production support for films set to shoot in Canada.
“We are very pleased to increase the scope of the fund’s reach with the addition of Look to the Sky, and while not all of the films will be Canadian based, it is comforting to have local support on the films we earmark for Vancouver,” said Unified Pictures founder Keith Kjarval. »
- Dave McNary
Two working mothers bonded about how they balance career and family, dealing with “mommy guilt” and the rules they set for themselves. There are no easy answers to any of those questions, even if you’re named Jennifer Lopez and Felicity Huffman. During their revealing conversation at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio, the stars of NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and ABC’s “American Crime” also talked about the challenges of playing complex characters who may not always do what’s right — and why they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jennifer Lopez: I think that as an actor the thing you want most is to work with talented writers, directors and get great material. We’re nothing without that.
Felicity Huffman: It’s all on the page and the stage.
Lopez: It’s so challenging to do hour-long dramas. It’s probably the hardest job in our field. »
- Debra Birnbaum
As Louis Virtel once noted on this very site, Ana Gasteyer was one of a trio of women performers who made Saturday Night Live awesome again in the 1990s (the other two being, of course, Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri). And while the massively-undervalued star has flown a bit under the radar since departing the late-night series in 2002, I'm happy to report that Netflix's new Maria Bamford series Lady Dynamite is perhaps the first time since SNL that Gasteyer's prickly talents have been given full, hysterical reign. Leave it to Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to provide Gasteyer with a suitable platform for her off-kilter, often-outsized instincts: Lady Dynamite is a bizarre kaleidoscope, fractured through the sincere pain of Bamford's real-life struggles with mental illness and the twisted, cutthroat misogyny of the industry she's been navigating for two decades now (in case you were wondering, Bamford also happens to be »
- Chris Eggertsen
The film will be directed by commercial director Johnny Hardstaff from a script by Dan Hannon and Scott Sandler. Di Bonaventura will produce alongside Unified topper Keith Kjarval. Unified’s Tyler Jackson will serve as co-producer.
“American Violence” will center on a social recluse who effortlessly dispatches terrorists who have stormed into a chemical plant and taken hostages. In order to return to his beloved everyday routine, he must undergo psychological evaluation by a doctor who’s surprised by his indifference to the events and fearful of his capabilities with a weapon — leading to a deeper investigation than she expected.
The new fund, announced Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, will finance production of a minimum of three films per »
- Dave McNary
Prynoski’s animation studio Titmouse, Inc. is the production company behind Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers and Metalocalypse, so it’s no surprise he managed to collect comedians as talented and disparate as Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Ron Lynch, Mike Judge and Hannibal Buress to lend their voices to his first animated feature. So, it’s a shame – a painful, crying shame – then that such talent should be squandered on such a hapless piece of bad-humored social commentary.
Nerdland tells the painfully recognizable story of John (Rudd) and Elliot (Oswalt), two deluded slackers in Los Angeles whose dreams of stardom are continually cut short by their lack of discernible talent. They pretend to be dating Sally (Kate Micucci) and Linda »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Gods of Egypt sucks. Well, at least that.s the general consensus that most movie critics have come to. A movie that suffered from immense controversy even prior to its release, Gods of Egypt hit theaters this weekend to near universal panning by the film community. This didn.t sit well with director Alex Proyas, and he decided to voice his opinion on the matter. Trust me, it.s possibly more entertaining than the movie itself. Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas has taken to Facebook with some harsh words for the film critic community. Here.s just a small sample of his rather long-winded rant: .You see, my dear fellow FBookers, I have rarely gotten great reviews. on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead. Good reviews often »
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14 items from 2016
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