Revew: Serena

Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence!

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Review: Everly'

Starring Salma Hayek

Review: Focus

Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie!

Review: The Lazarus Effect

Starring Olivia Wilde!

Harrison Ford Returns for Blade Runner 2!

Directed by 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve!

3/01/2015

Leonardo DiCaprio will have Multiple Personalities in 'The Crowded Room'



Leonardo DiCaprio has been trying for nearly twenty years to get multiple personality disorder film The Crowded Room off the ground, and his perseverance is finally paying off.  The adaptation of Daniel Keyes' 1981 book, The Minds of Billy Milligan, is moving forward with a pair of new writers and a producing partnership between New Regency and DiCaprio's Appian Way.

DiCaprio would be taking on the role of Milligan, who in 1977 became the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a legal defense. He had been charged with robbery and for a series of rapes on the Ohio State University campus. He was diagnosed with MPD and plead insanity, claiming that two of his other personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge.

Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) and Todd Katzberg have been brought on to pen the screenplay. James Cameron once considered directing it but for now there is no director attached. Could this finally be the role that earns DiCaprio his first Oscar? It's way too early to tell and a lot will depend on the screenplay and director, but DiCaprio didn't spend so much time on this film for nothing.  [TheWrap]

Box Office: Will Smith's 'Focus' Pockets $19.1M, 'Lazarus' Dead on Arrival


1. Focus- $19.1M
Don't call it a comeback...because it isn't one. Will Smith's Focus stole away the #1 spot from Fifty Shades of Grey with a $19.1M opening weekend, which is a pretty good start for a $50M adult-skewing romantic comedy. But it's hardly great, and for all the jokes made about it After Earth still managed to open with $27M. Of course it died after that domestically ($240M worldwide is still good) due to bad reviews, and Focus has received solid enough notices (including from me) that it could stick around awhile. Smith can probably be credited for a bulk of the audience that turned out but don't sleep on The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie who is slowly building into a bankable star.
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service- $11.7M/$85.6M
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water- $11.2M/$140.3M
4. Fifty Shades of Grey- $10.9M/$147.7M
5. The Lazarus Effect- $10.6M
Digging up dirt in fifth place is The Lazarus Effect, a horror movie that might as well be a soft-remake of Flatliners. $10.6M is on the low end compared to most other small-budget horrors, but at a cost of only $3M nobody at Relativity is complaining. Not sure what this does for stars Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass....probably nothing.
6. McFarland, USA- $7.79M/$21.9M
7. American Sniper- $7.7M/$331.1M
8. The DUFF- $7.1M/$20M
9. Still Alice- $2.6M/$11.9M
Hey, guess what film just got an Oscar bump from Julianne Moore's Best Actress win? The Alzheimer's drama Still Alice expanded to another 550 theaters and jumped 24% for $11.9M over seven weeks.
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2- $2.4M/$10.2M

Kristen Stewart Joins Michelle Williams in Kelly Reichardt's Next Film


It was only a week ago that Kristen Stewart became the first American actress to win France's Cesar Award for her great work on Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria. Over the last few years we've seen Stewart working with some of today's to auteurs, and a win like that is validation of the career path she's taken. So why stop there? Now Stewart is boarding the next film from Wendy & Lucy, Old Joy, Night Moves, and Meek's Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt.

The cast for the Montana-set drama, possibly titled Helena and Montana, is already great with Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Timothy Olyphant, James Le Gros, Jared Harris, and Sara Rodier. What's starting to become apparent is that there may not be a true headliner, as the film is a series of vignettes centering on small-town people. Stewart plays Beth, a Boise lawyer who takes a teaching job hours away despite being nervous about it. She soon becomes friends with the woman auditing her class.

Details about other roles have been revealed as well, with Dern playing a lawyer in a bad relationship with married man. Williams plays the man's wife, who works with her husband in advertising. And in what sounds like it comes from a different movie, Harris plays a construction worker injured on the job who starts plotting a hostage attempt.

Filming will take place in Montana, and already this is a project worth looking forward to.

2/28/2015

Review: 'Bluebird' starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, and Louisa Krause


The impact of tragedy is concentrated, more devastating in a small town where everybody knows everybody else. That's especially true in the failing, wintry Maine logging town of Lance Edmand's impressive directorial debut, Bluebird. In a place such as this, there are few escapes from the harshness of reality. Work is tedious and unrewarding; recreation amounts to ice fishing or getting drunk at the local bar. As a Maine native, Edmands brings a deep-rooted awareness and sadness to Bluebird, creating a fully-realized if somber world in which everybody is looking for a little bit of light in the darkness.

One of those desperate people is Lesley (Tony-winner Amy Morton), a genuinely good woman with a respectable job as an elementary school bus driver. The children are a bright spot in her life as her husband Richard (John Slattery) has become increasingly isolated over the years. Their marriage has gone from comfortable to distant, and with his job at the mill in jeopardy things aren't getting better. Even their teenaged daughter Paula (Emily Meade) is missing something in her life, which she tries to fulfill in the company of a boy who may not reciprocate her feelings.


Through all of this, Lesley is a good person. When a boy forgets his winter cap she doesn't hesitate to give him hers. But good people still make mistakes, and when an errant bluebird distracts her from emptying the bus thoroughly after a shift, she fails to see a sleeping child in one of the far back seats. When he's discovered the next day, frozen and in a coma, it threatens to shatter the meager existence she has. A tragedy like this touches many, none more so than the boy's deadbeat mother, Marla (Louisa Krause), who barely has any communication with her son. She's the kind of irresponsible parent who misses chances to see her child, forgets when to pick him up, and drops the responsibility of parenting on her mother (Margo Martindale). If it doesn't involve alcohol or drugs, Marla doesn't seem all that interested. However she briefly perks up when a lawyer starts talking about the money she can make from the accident.

Bluebird moves at a casual pace but it isn't slow or boring; there's too much going on for that to ever be the case. Edmands has captured the sleepy mood and tenor of rural life, and it allows him to explore each story development to the fullest without resorting to overdone melodrama. While dialogue is economical, silence speaks volumes in a film such as this. Fading dreams, quiet resentments, hidden secrets, crippling guilt...all pass with barely a sound in the space between anguished people looking for emotional connection. Shot and scored with a frigid starkness by the people behind Martha Marcy May Marlene, one can't help but feel for these terribly isolated, lonely people.


It's already hard to believe that such a confident, nuanced film is the work of a first-time director, but that Edmands was able to get such tremendous performance is another feather in his cap. Make no mistake; part of a director's job is giving the talent the right tools to succeed, and clearly he has done that. Everybody does strong work here, starting with Morton who embodies Lesley's guilt-ridden emotional spiral. Slattery tucks away his Mad Men cool to believably play a blue-collar guy racked by years of back-breaking work with little to show for it. But the stand out is Krause, playing what can be considered a "continuation" of her breakout role as a troubled, promiscuous teen in the indie drama Toe to Toe.  She's got the goods to be a star and a performance like this should, and hopefully will, open more doors. The same can be said of Edmands, who establishes himself as an incredibly skilled director to keep a close watch on. While the conclusion is a touch unsatisfying, it's clear Edmands wants us to keep thinking about these characters and where they will go.  Bluebird isn't just a great first effort, it's just a great movie, period. We can't allow movies the quality of Bluebird to fly under the radar.

Rating: 4 out of 5

New 'Cymbeline' Trailer with Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, and Ed Harris


It was only a few weeks ago the last trailer for Cymbeline hit, and the odd thing about it was the title had been changed to the super-boring Anarchy. Some producer or marketing "genius" probably figured since they were updating Shakespeare's tale with biker gangs, it was a good idea to remind people about Sons of Anarchy. Whatever. Smarter heads have prevailed, and the title has been changed back just in time for yet another trailer.

Reuniting Ethan Hawke with his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda, and co-starring Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson along with Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo, and Kevin Corrigan, the film is about an explosive war between dirty cops and bikers with young love caught in the middle. Great cast, but aren't gritty, modern updates of Shakespeare kind of played out?

Cymbeline hits theaters and VOD on March 13th. 

2/27/2015

'Brewster's Millions' Remake Back On with Robert Townsend Directing


Here's a remake project most either forgot about or thought was long dead. About six or seven years ago Warner Bros. set out on a remake of Brewster's Millions, the 1985 comedy starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. Absolutely nothing has been heard about it since, but now it's being revived with Robert Townsend directing.

Brewster's Millions is actually based on a 1902 novel by George McCutcheon, and centers on a playboy who stands to inherit a large sum of money from a wealthy uncle. Or he can inherit more if he spends the original sum in certain ways in a specific time frame, and he has to keep it all secret from friends and family.The film has been adapted for the screen multiple times, with the Pryor version the most well-known and probably the one that deviated furthest from the book.

Townsend was once a fixture on the African-American comedy scene, directing the brilliant satire Hollywood Shuffle (a must see), the R&B music drama The Five Heartbeats (also great), and superhero comedy The Meteor Man (meh). That he's being entrusted with a film like this means he could be on the verge of a comeback. I was a big fan of Brewster's Millions, of course I was 8 years old at the time, and consider Hollywood Shuffle a classic. So I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops.

RIP Leonard Nimoy; Dead at 83



Sad news today as the man who for years told us to "live long and prosper" has passed away at the age of 83. Leonard Nimoy, the actor, writer, artist, and poet most famous for playing Spock on Star Trek, died today just days after checking in to the hospital with severe chest pains. It was discovered that Nimoy was in the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy had been a smoker throughout a large portion of his life, and recently had begun speaking out about the dangers of smoking. That was par for the course for him, though, as he was always willing to use his celebrity to champion for the causes he believed in.

Recently he had been appearing on the Fox series, Fringe, and reprised his role as Spock in J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise.

New Images and Poster for Netflix's 'Daredevil' Series



Marvel and Netflix have revealed some new images from their upcoming Daredevil TV series, plus a poster featuring star Charlie Cox smirking like a crazy person. The photos give us our first look at Rosario Dawson as Dr. Claire Temple, plus True Blood alum Deborah Ann Woll (go back to the red hair!!!) as Karen Page, Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin, and Elden Henson as Matt Murdock's law partner, Foggy Nelson.

Unfortunately, Daredevil is still sporting that awful black sub Kick-Ass level costume. I understand building up to the reveal of the classic red costume but that's going to be tough to endure for an entire season. Get ready to binge watch Daredevil on April 10th.








Black Widow, Thor, and Nick Fury Featured on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Posters



So much for Marvel dishing out one Avengers: Age of Ultron character poster per day. Today they've unveiled three one-sheets featuring Thor, Nick Fury, and Black Widow. These go along with the previously revealed posters of Iron Man and Hulk, which all appear to connect into a larger image. Here's a synopsis:

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1st. 



Free Advance Screening of 'Unfinished Business' starring Vince Vaughn!



We're happy to offer our DC readers a chance to attend a free advance screening of the new Vince Vaughn comedy, Unfinished Business! Also starring Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, and Sienna Miller, the film centers on a businessman and his two associates as they embark on a disastrous business trip in Europe. The screening takes place on Wednesday, March 4th at 4:00pm (note the start time!) at Regal Gallery Place.

If you would like to attend, please go to the Gofobo website here and download one Admit-Two pass. Please keep in mind that having passes does not guarantee entry, and you will want to arrive early to ensure a seat.

Enjoy the show! Unfinished Business opens Friday, March 6th.