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Mid90s review – Jonah Hill's directorial debut is stylish but empty

Snappy direction and a heady sense of nostalgia can’t hide a frustratingly flat coming-of-age tale that shows an actor struggling to find anything of interest to say

Actor Jonah Hill, he of raucous comedies from the House of Apatow, but also outstanding, Oscar-nominated supporting roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, has cashed in his Hollywood clout chips and directed his first film, based on an original script. It is a frustrating one. There are scenes that snap together nicely with some sharp and nuanced observations. But the film is saddled with uninteresting surface-level characters. There’s a phoniness exuding from the entire project, made all the more discouraging since the plot-light, shaggy dog story is trying to feel so real.

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‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Skaterat Coming-of-Age Movie

‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Skaterat Coming-of-Age Movie
Jonah Hill doesn’t appear in a single scene of Mid90s, but you can feel his presence in every scene of this comedy spiked with touching gravity. Making his directing debut with a script he wrote himself, Hill shapes this coming-of-age tale like a European art film (think Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows), letting atmosphere, character and glimmers of feeling take precedence over narrative thrust. The technique may put off fans expecting a raucous take on Superbad or 21 Jump Street and its sequel, both of which Hill cowrote. But
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Joaquin Phoenix in Don’T Worry, He Won’T Get Far On Foot Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 9th

Experience “one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career” (SlashFilm) when the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives on Digital on October 2 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD October 9 from Lionsgate.

Experience “one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career” (SlashFilm) when the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives on Digital on October 2 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD October 9 from Lionsgate. Directed by two-time Oscar®nominee Gus Van Sant[1] (Best Director, Milk, 2008; Good Will Hunting, 1997), and adapted from the autobiography of Portland’s controversial but praised cartoonist John Callahan, the honest and moving comedy follows the true-life story of Callahan’s road to recovery from his addictions through art after becoming a quadriplegic due to a life-changing accident. Academy Award®nominee Jonah Hill, Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara,
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There's a George Carlin Biopic in Development with The Writer of Moneyball

Comedian George Carlin is getting his own biopic! I was first introduced to Carlin when I saw him in the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when I was growing up. Then later in life I discovered his stand up comedy and laughed my ass off! I love his comedy style and it’s great to see that his life will be getting the feature film treatment.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Academy Award-nominated writer Stan Chervin (Moneyball) will write the script. Moneyball was a great film with an fantastic script so we know that the George Carlin’s story is in good hands.

Producer Gail Berman and co-producer Joe Earley said in a joint statement:

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to
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Estate-Approved George Carlin Biopic in the Works

Estate-Approved George Carlin Biopic in the Works
A biopic about the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin is in the works, with the comedian’s estate teaming with a Moneyball screenwriter for the upcoming film.

Variety reports that Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s former manager and the executor of his estate, will serve as producer on the untitled project alongside the Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley and screenwriter Stan Chervin, who was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Moneyball.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time,
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George Carlin Biopic Will Be Scripted By ‘Moneyball’ Writer

Today it was announced that The Jackal Group has acquired rights to produce the official George Carlin biopic and have attached screenwriter Stan Chervin to write and produce. Hit the jump to learn more about the George Carlin biopic. Stan Chervin is an Ocar-nominated screenwriter credited with the story for Moneyball alongside Aaron Sorkin and Steven […]

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George Carlin Biopic Is Happening with Moneyball Writer

George Carlin Biopic Is Happening with Moneyball Writer
A George Carlin Biopic is in development with Moneyball screenwriter Stan Chervin set to pen the screenplay. Carlin's former manager and best friend of 35 years, Jerry Hamza, is on board to produce along with The Jackal Group's Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and President Joe Earley. The comedian's former agent Bruce Kaufman will also produce the project. It isn't clear if the biopic will be a theatrical release or something for streaming services at this time, but that should be announced shortly.

George Carlin was a trailblazing stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic who influenced generations of other comedians throughout his lengthy career. Carlin is widely considered to be one of the best comedians in history with Rollingstone Magazine listing him as number two, right behind Richard Pryor. Jackal's Gail Berman and Joe Earley had this to say about making the biopic.

"We are honored to tell the
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George Carlin Biopic Coming from Moneyball Writer

Tony Sokol Oct 1, 2018

There are no words you can't say in the movies, so the upcoming George Carlin biopic will include the naughty seven.

Comic legend George Carlin said his job description was foole, on the Occupation Foole album. He said he always wanted to fill out official forms that way, but would add the final "e" to piss people off. Stan Chervin, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the film Moneyball, will explore Carlin's day, and night job, in an upcoming official biopic, according to Variety. There is no word on whether the as-yet-untitled project will be released in theatrical, streaming or TV format. The film will be produced by The Jackal Group.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” Jackal Group’s Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and
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George Carlin Biopic Is in Works at The Jackal Group

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George Carlin Biopic Is in Works at The Jackal Group
A biopic on the life and career of stand-up legend George Carlin is in the works, as The Jackal Group announced on Monday that it has acquired the film rights from Carlin’s estate.

The film will be produced by The Jackal Group’s Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and President Joe Earley. Stan Chervin, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “Moneyball,” is also attached as writer and producer. Other producers are former agent Bruce Kaufman under his new banner Wood Hollow Pictures, and Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s longtime manager and executor of his estate.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” said Berman and Earley in a statement. “In addition to shaping comedy and culture for decades, and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s
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George Carlin Biopic in Development With ‘Moneyball’ Screenwriter Stan Chervin

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George Carlin Biopic in Development With ‘Moneyball’ Screenwriter Stan Chervin
A feature-length project about the life and career of legendary comic George Carlin is in the works with the Oscar-nominated “Moneyball” screenwriter Stan Chervin.

Gail Berman and Joe Earley’s the Jackal Group have secured the comic’s life rights, and tapped Chervin as both writer and producer. Bruce Kaufman and his banner Wood Hollow Pictures and Jerry Hamza, the executor of Carlin’s estate and his former manager, will also produce.

The untitled project does not yet have a distribution home, but Jackal is mulling several options, including traditional theatrical, streaming, or a possible TV release for the long-form project.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” Berman and Earley said. “In addition to shaping comedy and culture for decades, and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s
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George Carlin Biopic In The Works From Jackal Group; ‘Moneyball’ Scribe To Write

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The Jackal Group has snapped up the rights to produce the official biopic about legendary stand-up comedian George Carlin.

Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter Stan Chervin is attached to write the project which will either be for theatrical, streaming or TV format.

The Jackal Group’s Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and President Joe Earley will produce along with Jerry Hamza, who is Carlin’s former manager, Ep of 11 of the stand-up’s comedy specials, best friend of 35 years and the executor to the comedian’s estate. Carlin’s former agent Bruce Kaufman will also produce the project under his new banner Wood Hollow Pictures. Chervin is repped by ICM.

In a joint statement, Berman and Earley said, “We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to
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George Carlin Biopic in the Works From 'Moneyball' Writer

George Carlin Biopic in the Works From 'Moneyball' Writer
Gail Berman's Jackal Group is developing a biographical project about the late legendary comedian George Carlin, which will be written by Stan Chervin, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Brad Pitt's Moneyball.

Carlin's prolific career spanned over five decades, more than 130 Tonight Show appearances, 14 HBO specials and 23 solo albums that earned him five Grammy Awards. His infamous 1972 set “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” put him at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case, FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, that would outline the extent to which the government could regulate speech on broadcast ...
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Dark Phoenix,’ ‘Creed II,” ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Trailers of the Week: ‘Dark Phoenix,’ ‘Creed II,” ‘Fantastic Beasts’
In this week’s batch o’ trailers, we get a sneak previews of: a superheroine going dark (very dark); Michael B. Jordan getting the eye of the tiger; the next Harry Potter side franchise and a new Transformers spin-offs; and the final season of House of Cards before the Netflix show comes tumbling down to a close.

Bumblebee

Girl (Hailee Steinfeld) meets robot. Robot turn into car. Car go vroom. Other robots turn into jets, etc. Things go boom. This Transformers spin-off isn’t rocket science, people. It barely looks like a movie.
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‘Mid90s’ Trailer: Jonah Hill Gets Nostalgic With Throwback Teen Skate Drama

The evolution of Jonah Hill has been incredible, even thrilling to watch. The actor, like many of the Judd Apatow brat pack bunch, tuned the acclaim of those early comedies “Superbad,” “Get Him To The Greek”) into personal success outside of that sphere. But, Hill, who now has two Oscar nominations to his credit and two Golden Globes (“Moneyball” and “War Dogs”) has exceeded all expectations, eclipsed his pals.

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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Jonah Hill managed to pick up two Oscar nominations before his 30th birthday. It is a pretty impressive fete since the bulk of Hill’s early film work had been in outrageous comedies like “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” which seldom are recognized by Academy voters. He did take some serious roles in “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” which earned him those two nominations.

This year Hill turns his sights on television where he and Oscar Winner Emma Stone just launched their new television series “Maniac” on Netflix. It tells the story of people who take part in an experimental drug test that doesn’t work out as planned. The new drug is supposed to solve the problems of whoever it is that takes it, but that actually doesn’t happen.

Hill started his career as a playwright. He wrote and performed a number of plays while he
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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Jonah Hill managed to pick up two Oscar nominations before his 30th birthday. It is a pretty impressive fete since the bulk of Hill’s early film work had been in outrageous comedies like “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” which seldom are recognized by Academy voters. He did take some serious roles in “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” which earned him those two nominations.

This year Hill turns his sights on television where he and Oscar Winner Emma Stone just launched their new television series “Maniac” on Netflix. It tells the story of people who take part in an experimental drug test that doesn’t work out as planned. The new drug is supposed to solve the problems of whoever it is that takes it, but that actually doesn’t happen.

Hill started his career as a playwright. He wrote and performed a number of plays while he
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From Bradley Cooper to Jonah Hill, the lastest crop of actors who direct could catch Oscar’s eye this season

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From Bradley Cooper to Jonah Hill, the lastest crop of actors who direct could catch Oscar’s eye this season
Looking back on last year’s Oscar race as this year’s contest starts to heat up, it struck me that not enough was made of the fact that Greta Gerwig with “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele with “Get Out” achieved what they did as actors who went behind the camera. Both made history as only the fifth woman and the fifth African-American to be nominated for Best Director. Peele also became the first black winner of Best Original Screenplay.

It also got me thinking how some actors often fare better in the industry once they redefine themselves as filmmakers. Who knows? Clint Eastwood might still be making spaghetti Westerns, doing “Dirty Harry” sequels or working with an orangutan if he didn’t shoot his first feature, “Play Misty for Me,” in 1971. Instead, he won both Best Picture and Best Director for 1992’s “Unforgiven” and 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby.”

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‘Patrick Melrose’: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became an Expert in Addiction to Deliver His Career Best

Not only is Showtime’s five-part mini-series “Patrick Melrose” a superb cinematic adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s five searing novels, it marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s best performance ever. While some may prefer his Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” star-making Emmy-winner “Sherlock,” or little-seen Emmy-nominated role in “Parade’s End,” it’s “Patrick Melrose” that feels like a role he was born to play.

The 42-year-old British star, who moves easily from comic-book roles like Marvel’s Doctor Strange to the BBC’s urbane “Sherlock” and the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” scored his sixth Emmy nomination (one of five for the series) for his tour-de-force portrayal of a not-so-functioning drug addict with icky family secrets. The series, written by David Nicholls (“One Day”) and directed by Edward Berger (“Deutchland 83”), is entertaining and moving in equal measure, thanks to Cumberbatch’s careening yet precise performance. He nails this guy.

“This
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‘Patrick Melrose’: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became an Expert in Addiction to Deliver His Career Best

Not only is Showtime’s five-part mini-series “Patrick Melrose” a superb cinematic adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s five searing novels, it marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s best performance ever. While some may prefer his Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” star-making Emmy-winner “Sherlock,” or little-seen Emmy-nominated role in “Parade’s End,” it’s “Patrick Melrose” that feels like a role he was born to play.

The 42-year-old British star, who moves easily from comic-book roles like Marvel’s Doctor Strange to the BBC’s urbane “Sherlock” and the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” scored his sixth Emmy nomination (one of five for the series) for his tour-de-force portrayal of a not-so-functioning drug addict with icky family secrets. The series, written by David Nicholls (“One Day”) and directed by Edward Berger (“Deutchland 83”), is entertaining and moving in equal measure, thanks to Cumberbatch’s careening yet precise performance. He nails this guy.

“This
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Emmys: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became the Ideal Embodiment of 'Patrick Melrose'

Emmys: How Benedict Cumberbatch Became the Ideal Embodiment of 'Patrick Melrose'
Patrick Melrose executive producers Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball, Grey Gardens) and Michael Jackson (documentaries including America: The Story of Us) shared a patient resolve in bringing the brilliant prose of Edward St. Aubyn's beloved semiautobiographical novel series to TV, devoting half a decade of development to it. Their perseverance bore glorious fruit: As they reveal, the five-episode Showtime limited series — encompassing the span of the five novels — found an ideal embodiment for the author's dizzying prose in the form of lead Benedict Cumberbatch.

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