You can't really beat Emma Stone's track record so far. "Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past" aside, the 21-year-old actress has displayed a wealth of talent since her debut in "Superbad" and starring roles in "The House Bunny" and "Zombieland." Still, when the logo for Screen Gems appeared before trailers for her new picture "Easy A," many no doubt assumed this was another forgettable teen comedy from Sony Pictures' genre label. Newsflash: anyone who dismisses "Easy" before seeing it will be making a huge mistake.
It has taken almost two years, but "I Love You Phillip Morris" is finally being released in the United States. Sort of strange for a Jim Carry movie, no? Well, its been a difficult journey for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival selection, but Roadside Attractions has arrived to save the day.
Debuting with strong accolades for stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, "Morris" was expected to be picked up by a mini-major such as Focus Features or Fox Searchlight after its debut, but a number of distributors were scared off by the film's gay content, because as the film jokes, Carrey's character is very gay. Based on a true story, Carrey plays Steve Russell, a seemingly happily married man who has an epiphany on his life after being in a car accident. Deciding to come out of the closet, he goes overboard in his new lifestyle using cons and fraud to support a lifestyle he can't afford. While in jail, he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor) and true love forms. Unfortunately, Russell is back to his old ways out of prison as he tries to build a perfect life for himself and Phillip that, again, he just can't afford.
Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach and Kevin Brownlow were announced today as the recipients of this year's Academy of Motion Picture Sciences' Governors Awards.
Coppola, the director of such classics as "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now" and "Peggy Sue Got Married," will receive the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Godard, Brownlow and Wallach will be given honorary Oscar statues during the ceremony which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" starring James Franco is quickly becoming one of the more anticipated films of the fall season. The true story of Aron Ralston, the film is a challenging follow up to "Slumdog Millionaire" for Boyle as a good chunk of Franco's screentime is spent stuck in a desert canyon. One of the most visual inventive filmmakers of his era, Boyle has provided some quick and energetic answers to that quandary in a brand new teaser for the film you can watch embedded here.
Fate stepped in and delayed some inevitable questions for Sandra Bullock after her stunning and improbable awards season ride this past winter. Bullock won her first Oscar for Best Actress for "The Blind Side," but before she could even be tempted by offers for follow up projects was embroiled in an unfortunate tabloid-friendly break up with her now former husband Jesse James. Now, as the fall is upon Hollywood and pictures are locking down early 2011 start dates, Bullock appears to have found her next endeavor.
Any film about real people, real companies and public disputes are always going to come under some scrutiny. There will always be a "he said, she said" no matter how documented the events appear to be. Therefore, it's no surprise that one of fall's most anticipated releases, "The Social Network," is being criticized from its subject matter: the founders of Facebook.
Two posters for two highly anticipated films made their debut this week and while on the surface they don't have that much in common on the big screen, they may as examples of key art.
First up is Julie Taymor's "The Tempest." A holdover from Disney's sale of Miramax. The adaptation of Shakespeare's play stars Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper and Russell Brand. The new poster pushes Mirren and Hounsou and the darker elements of the tale in a three segment approach. The question is whether or not that's Brand in the top image or not. In either case, it's somewhat surprising the younger-skewing comedy star wasn't highlighted more in this design. And while certain elements are striking in the design, it's hardly as memorable or iconic as posters for any of Taymor's previous works including "Titus," "Frida" or "Across the Universe." The drama will debut as the closing night feature of the Venice Film Festival and also screen during the New York Film Festival.
The 2011 awards season already looks like a bumpy road with studios strategizing to hold certain contenders out of the festival circuit ("The Fighter," "True Grit,") while others go full bore for maximum effect ("Black Swan," "The Social Network"). Now, an interesting carrot is being thrown into the mix with the new Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp thriller "The Tourist."
Don't hate Chris Evans and Rachel Evan Wood because they are beautiful. They can't help it. It's a combination of good genes, working out and Southern California stylists who have made their bodies what they are today. You can, however, wonder when the director of their latest commercial, Frank Miller, is going to evolve his cinematic style.
Megan Fox's 'Passion Play,' Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter' and Will Ferrell's 'Everything Must Go' bolster Toronto's starpower
This year's Toronto International Film Festival will not be for the weak of heart. The festival already features Darren Aranofsky's "Black Swan" with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, "Never Let Me Go" starring Keira Knightly and Carey Mulligan, Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" with Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts, Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" starring James McAvoy and Evan Rachel Wood, "The Debt" with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington and Ben Affleck's "The Town" with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. Now, the festival has announced a slew of new films that will either premiere or screen and, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie notwithstanding, they will absolutely increase the festival's starpower.