The media always complains that Hollywood throws too many sequels and dumb comedies down moviegoers throats, but after a horribly shaky start in May, the offerings for the summer movie season have started to turn around. From Chris Nolan's blockbuster "Inception" to indie word of mouth hit "The Kids Are All Right," unconventional and quality offerings are getting much deserved attention. Another entry into the late summer mix in that vein is the incredibly entertaining "Scott Pilgrim vs the World."
Arguably the best video game movie based on a graphic novel inspired by video games movie ever (and that's a compliment), the genre-twisting romantic adventure is sure to melt the hearts and wallets of numerous ticket buyers once it opens Aug 13. While Director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") has pulled off some stunning and inventive visual sequences in the picture, but with some new clips now available online, this pundit has decided to chronicle six unexpected reasons why "Scott Pilgrim" could save your next visit to the multiplex.
Watch new clips and find out if Brandon Routh is ready for that comeback
Ron Tutor and Colony Capital now own the prestigious library
Be afraid independent Hollywood producers and filmmakers. Miramax is now in Tutor's hands. The Walt Disney Company announced late tonight that Filmyard Holdings LLC has acquired the prestigious library for approximately $660 million.
We believe Nina Garcia can actually say something positive about a winner, do you?
Almost every American has that one "Mad Men," "True Blood," "American Idol," "Glee" or "30 Rock" in their life. The show that now matter how much they watch TV, they are addicted to and will stop everything to catch it (or will at least DVR it). For this busy movie industry pundit, there are very few shows that make that list, but "Project Runway" is one of them.
Ever since Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors turned fashion designing into one of the most realistic and legitimate creative contests on television, this writer has been glued to the tube. The show certainly lost something when the Weinstein Company, the producers of the ratings hit, moved it from Bravo to Lifetime two seasons ago, but its slowly begun to find its grove again. In fact, there are a number of big changes in store including a longer overall program, the dismissal of the "Models of the Runway" after-show and other intriguing surprises.
For the third season, the talented and hilarious Liane Bonin, who knows quite about about fashion from her day job, will once again be recapping "Runway" on HitFix. And in case you miss an episode, her recaps are sometimes more entertaining than the show itself.
In the meantime, here are the top ten reasons why this fan, in particular, is excited about the return of "Project Runway."
Toronto Film Festival announces world premieres from Robert Redford, Emilio Estevez, Mark Romanek and John Cameron Mitchell
Plus: Who knew Emma Stone's 'Easy A' was that good?
The Toronto International Film Festival announced an intriguing slate today for its 2010 edition running Sept. 9 to 19 including world premieres from filmmakers Robert Redford, Mark Romanek and Emilio Estevez. The exclusive selections also includes the debut of the Screen Gems comedy "Easy A" with Emma Stone and David Schwimmer's "Trust" with Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.
Other highlights include North American premieres of Woody Allen "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger," Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," Ben Affleck's "The Town," Mike Leigh's "Another Year" and John Madden's "The Debt."
The initial list of Toronto selections are listed below. More titles are expected to be announced over the next few weeks.
Two potential Oscar contenders make the annual Italian festival the place to be
If it's almost August, that means Hollywood is turning its attention from the summer movie season to yet another awards race and the contenders are already getting into position. David Fincher's "The Social Network" recently landed the prestigious opening night slot of the New York Film Festival, but two other films are making their mark earlier in September with world premieres in Venice.
Darren Aronofsky's follow up to "The Wrestler," the dramatic thriller "Black Swan" starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, will open the 67th Venice Film Festival on Sept. 1. Julie Taymor's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will close the same festival on Sept. 11. The latter stars Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Chris Cooper, Russell Brand, Ben Winshaw, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming and Ben Winshaw among others.
Recent Oscar players who won the Venice Film Festival's top award, the Golden Lion, include "Brokeback Mountain," "Vera Drake" and, oh yeah, Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" in 2008.
Can anyone fill the gap in the marketplace?
How many companies can Relativity Media run under its umbrella? There may be no limit. The film financing company already has Rogue Pictures in its stable and produces films with studios all across Hollywood as well as a special distribution deal with Lionsgate. Now, the entity has acquired Overture Films from Starz.
Overture was launched four years ago under the auspices of former MGM head Chris McGurk as a new alternative to established specialty lables, but Starz became increasingly impatient with the mini-major even with such successes as "Men Who Stare At Goats," "The Visitor" and "Law Abiding Citizen." According to a release from Relativity, Overture's 45 member marketing and distribution staff will stay in tact and now work on upcoming Relativity pictures. What is unclear is whether the company will continue to own or use the Overture label or take over all operations of its Rogue label. Currently, Universal Pictures markets and distributes Rogue films for a fee, but the partnership has had limited success since Relativity acquired Rogue early in 2009.
Overture's three upcoming releases are now more than safe for release in 2010. In fact, "Let Me In," "Stone" and "Jack Goes Boating" may have more substantial resources behind their campaigns than before. Overture is showcasing a special preview for the Matt Reeves' directed "Let Me In" tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con.
The parties don't stop in San Diego, they conflict
One of the more bizarre things about Comic-Con over the years is just how increasingly busy the party scene has become. And like a major film festival or convention (ie, E3), the parties are just as much publicity events as anything else and Thursday was no exception.
Strangely scheduled almost all at the same time, the first event of the night was an early evening shindig to celebrate "The Green Hornet." Set in a space near Petco Park to allow the inclusion of a number of cars from the Michel Gondry action flick, the reception found stars Seth Rogen (wow, has he gotten slim), "Inglourious Basterds" star Christoph Waltz and Gondry mingling with the press hoping to create good buzz for the January release. "Hornet's" real test will be in Hall H on Friday when the picture debuts new footage for the masses.
For 2010, September may be the new October
While conventional wisdom says many studios will debut their awards season contenders at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, most of those films don't hit even limited release until October. In fact, a few years ago this pundit remembers many were wondering if Miramax had blown their nomination chances for "The Queen" by opening it as early as Oct. 6. The facts though show that only six of the last 10 best picture winners opened in Nov. or Dec. It's pretty much a 50/50 prospect for any Oscar campaigner. And now with 10 nominees set for the foreseeable future, giving your picture a little breathing room earlier in the year isn't that bad a strategy.
Watch new clips from the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller
Director Christopher Nolan has been very selective about what materials are released regarding his new critically acclaimed thriller "Inception" and to be honest, you cant really fault him. It's a film full of secrets and twists and Nolan is one filmmaker who doesn't want the audience spoiled before they head into the theater. Luckily, he did find four scenes in his 2-hour opus that were deemed suitable to intrigue moviegoers into making "Inception" their first choice at the multiplex this weekend. And, each clip artfully represents four reasons why this pundit thinks the potential Oscar contender will surprise you.
Casey Affleck directed documentary hits screens Sept. 10
Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix has made quite the spectacle of himself the past two years or so. Surprising many, the star of "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line" claimed he had "retired" from acting and was intent on becoming a hip-hop artist in the fall of 2008. It was unclear whether this was some sort of charade or a true artistic change of heart because Phoenix has always been a little off kilter to those who have worked with him. Still, in the months that have followed he turned down numerous lucrative movie roles in order to work on his music.