Scarlett Johansson’s Strong Weekend at the Box Office

Scarlett Johansson has two box office hits this weekend with Captain America and more surprisingly, Under the Skin, which had a per screen average of $35,000. Under the Skin is enjoying mostly great reviews but the positive ones are very positive, with nine scores of 100 at...
Posted On 06 Apr 2014

Live Reading of Tarantino’s Hateful Eight at LACMA April 24

Quentin Tarantino will introduce Los Angeles to his new screenplay, Hateful Eight, which was leaked online and a lawsuit with Gawker ensued. Now, he’s turning proceeds for the reading to Film Independent and LACMA. Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014

Aronofsky’s Noah: Hail Folly Redux

32 years ago, when Darren Aronofsky was 13, he wrote a poem about Noah that reinterpreted the Bible legend of God’s petulant antediluvian hissy-fit and he shaped it into verses that were better suited to his class assignment: write about peace. Rather than buy into the flat...
Posted On 01 Apr 2014

Meryl Streep to Star in Diablo Cody’s Ricky and the Flash, to be Directed by Jonathan Demme

Jeff Schneider got the scoop for The Wrap about a project on the horizon directed by Jonathan Demme, written by Diablo Cody, and starring Meryl Streep. Pic is about a rock n’ roll star who abandons her family to live her dream but then comes home and expects she can start...
Posted On 27 Mar 2014

Two Films not to Miss: Grand Budapest Hotel and Under the Skin

This isn’t Oscar season, pure and simple. When is the last time a movie came out in the spring and won Best Picture? “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991? The best thing I’ve seen this year -small or big screen- was HBO’s True Detective and I rather doubt these...

Jupiter Ascending, trailer 2

Thanks, Bryce! Posters after the cut. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.
Posted On 26 Mar 2014

Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan – Set Pics from Suffragette

An all female joint, Suffragette brings together Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan about the way-too-late but necessary fight to give women a vote (can you imagine?).  JustJared has the pics for both Streep and Mulligan.
Posted On 26 Mar 2014

Noah Featurette: “Biblical Accuracy”

Paramount has released a featurette to address concerns about the “Biblical Accuracy” of Darren Aronfsky’s Noah and I’m helping by putting irony quotes around “Biblical Accuracy.”
Posted On 25 Mar 2014

The Big Short Gets a Writer

Plan B’s production company has hired Adam McKay to adapt Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short. Michael Lewis, if you’ll recall, wrote Moneyball, which Plan B and Brad Pitt made into the Oscar winning film.  Hollywood Reporter indicates that perhaps the feud...
Posted On 24 Mar 2014

Women Filmmakers & Racial Politcs Dominate 2014 “Rendez-vous Avec French Cinema”

by Stephen Holt When it seems like Hollywood is never going to budge from its male-dominated ways of doing things, from the making of films to the giving out of Oscars, the annual “Rendevous avec French Cinema” which just wrapped its’ 19th edition in NYC,...
Posted On 19 Mar 2014
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