Inside Movies and Pop Culture with Gregory Ellwood
One of the Emmy winner's last films hits theaters next month
Exciting news, we're getting a new Nichole Holofcener film next month. Sad news, it features one of the last performances of the late, great James Gandolfini.
Holofcener's first film since 2010's "Please Give," "Enough Said" introduces us to Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a divorced woman looking for love who strikes up an unexpected romantic relationship with a recently divorced man, Albert, played by Gandolfini. Unbeknownst to her, Albert is the ex-wife of her new friend Marianne played by longtime Holofcener collaborator Catherine Keener. Before she knows it, Eva is hearing all slew of negative aspects of Albert she'd never considered and it begins to affect her opinion of him. The official synopsis says "Enough Said" promises to take a look at the difficulties of maintaining or even finding a second long-term relationship. And, judging by the trailer, there will be some laughs along the way.
The film will premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival next month and arrive in theaters only a few weeks later on Sept. 20. So, it's coming around the corner rather quickly.
Fox Searchlight provided HitFix with some exclusive images from the new movie including a sweet photo of Holofcener, Gandolfni and Louis-Dreyfuss sharing a laugh in-between filming. Check out the photos in the gallery embedded below as well as a new clip from the film at the top of this post.
What do you think of what you've seen so far of "Enough Said"?
Plum awards slot for Warner Bros. unconventional awards season entry
Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze's "Her."
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Spike Jonze's "Her" will close the 51st New York Film Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13. "Her" is Jonze's first film since 2009's "Where the Wild Things Are" and his first original screenplay.
Woody delivers another summer surprise
Looking over the past few months, you might think the summer surprise of 2013 was the critical and box office success of "The Conjuring." Not really. All corners of the industry knew that Warner Bros. release was a hit in the making after early screenings started the buzz in the spring. It wasn't the word of mouth success for "Fruitvale" either. That award-winning drama had a passionate following out of Sundance in January. And the disappointments of "Lone Ranger," "White House Down," "After Earth,""Turbo" or "R.I.P.D."? Um, yeah. Personally, I'm kicking myself for not going to Vegas to put money down on how those movies would perform months ago. No, the surprise this summer is, hands down, "Blue Jasmine."
They don't make 'em like this anymore
If you were A24 Films you had to be a tad worried going into the opening weekend of "The Spectacular Now." The Sundance favorite received, um, spectacular reviews (81 on Metacritic, 90% on Rotten Tomatoes), but the art house market and audience can only expand so much in the summer. "Blue Jasmine" is already a powerhouse and "Fruitvale Station" and "The Way Way Back" continue to do very strong business. Could "Spectacular" find an audience during this traditionally slow time for prestige indies? Thankfully, there was no need for concern. "Spectacular" is off to an excellent start grossing $200,000 or $50,000 per theater. And, happily, it means the great performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley will not be forgotten.
Pass me a vodka martini with lemon and wake me when it's over
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When I woke up this morning I checked my inbox on my phone and quickly saw there were a number of E-mails with the headline "Ellen DeGeneres returns to host…" My first thought was, "Wow, FOX must have spent a ton of money to get DeGeneres to return as an 'American Idol' judge. I wonder if that means Jennifer Lopez is still coming back?" Of course, a host and a judge are two very different things (don't worry Seacrest your job is safe and I was half awake) and it quickly dawned on me that, instead, DeGeneres is heading for her second go around as Oscar host.
She replaces Howard Koch
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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made history Tuesday night by electing its first African-American president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. The marketing and publicity veteran replaces Howard "Hawk" Koch who served one eventful year-long term. Isaacs is only the third woman to hold the position and the first since Fay Canin was president between 1979 and 1981.
A career best for Woody Allen
Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
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Woody Allen films have had a built in art house audience for years, but this weekend buzzworthy reviews sent the box office for "Blue Jasmine" to record levels.
Hard choices, people, hard choices
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said."
There are arguably five great film festivals in the world: New York, Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. (Yes, you could argue Berlin is in that mix as well, but how many noteworthy premieres do they really get?) Out of that group, no festival has as many artistic highs and lows as Toronto. It's partly because of their huge program, partly because it's a pseudo fall film market and, well, they sort of like to have lots of famous people walk their red carpets (tough love, TIFF, tough love).
Plus: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer talk from...Cannes
After conquering the Sundance Film Festival this past January, Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" dominated the art house circuit this weekend grossing a very impressive $53,857 per screen in just 7 theaters. Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a Bay Area man who was shot by a BART transit officer during the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, the film did especially well in Oakland selling out numerous screenings. "Fruitvale's" per screen is one of the biggest for a limited release this year beating tough competition including "The Bling Ring" and "Before Midnight."& Only "Spring Breakers" ($87,667) had a higher per screen.
A weak year for awards season on the Croissete
Can "Inside Llewyn Davis'" Oscar Isaac survive the long road of awards season to his first Oscar nomination in January?
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CANNES - The granddaddy of global film festivals has always had an up and down relationship with Oscar. Over the past few years Best Picture nominees such as "Amour," "Midnight in Paris," "The Tree of Life," "Inglorious Basterds," "Babel" and "Up" had their world premiere's on the Croisette. Debuts "The Artist" and "No Country For Old Men" even went on to win the Best Picture prize. Before 2007, however, the pickings were slim for decades. For every "Pulp Fiction" and "Moulin Rouge!" there were multiple years where awards season and Cannes barely intertwined. 2013 looks like something of a mixed bag for films hoping to find recognition from the Academy down the road. Let's take a look at each major category and which contenders emerged from this year's Cannes.