Nearly a year on from Nora Ephron's death, the caustic New York-based writer and filmmaker is still very much on the collective mind of her home city. Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy" -- which Kris described as "perhaps the best thing [she] ever wrote" in his extensive appreciation last month -- is currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. Meanwhile, the Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today, is doing its own bit to honor her cinematic legacy.
In somewhat surprising news, The Weinstein Company has modified the title to Sundance grand jury and audience award winner "Fruitvale." The crowd-pleasing drama will now be known as "Fruitvale Station."
The feature film directorial debut of Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale" follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant (MIchael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old San Francisco area resident who was fatally shot by BART police officers the morning of Jan. 1, 2009. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Melonie Diaz and Ahna O'Reilly also star and Spencer and Forest Whitaker are two of the film's producers.
There were 183 seconds that got a lot of fanboys excited yesterday, (insert dirty joke here), and we might as well get into it in this space. Yes, the trailer for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" landed a solid punch when it dropped during CinemaCon and then hit the net immediately after. To say the least, it had some impressive stuff to offer.
Shane Carruth is more than happy to talk about his remarkable new film “Upstream Color” in substantial detail, poring over its staggered themes and elliptical construction with a discursive chattiness that suggests he, too, is still discovering further possibilities within it. Just don't ask him for a nutshell synopsis.
So I guess no one at the Academy got the memo that no one really liked the way the Oscars were put on back in February (I was mostly fine with them, mind you), and so they're bringing Craig Zadan and Neil Meron back for more. This last year featured high profile tributes to Zadan/Meron-produced musicals and specifically two big moments for the (granted, 10 years old at the time) "Chicago." What will we get in 2014? A tribute to television's "Smash?"
Robert Downey Jr. sure is in a good way lately, no? Wind the clocks back, oh, seven years -- certainly less than a decade -- and you're talking about an uninsurable has been. Drugs, scandal, fall from grace, the whole thing. Then he married one of Hollywood's youngest and brightest, Susan Downey (née Levin), in 2005. She helped him get his act together and now he's the face of two major franchises. It's storybook, really, and a perfect awards narrative, by the way, should an awards project ever come along for the actor.
Add up the belly laughs in Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first four features -- "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful" -- and, well, you'll find you have a lot of fingers going spare. Accomplished and sometimes exhilarating as his films (all of which have found favor with the Academy to some degree) have been, a change of pace wouldn't hurt him at this point.
(PLEASE NOTE: The following interview mentions plot developments in "Simon Killer" that may be considered spoilers.)
As 'American in Paris' movies go, “Simon Killer” is one of the less romantic you're ever likely to see. Formally immaculate and profoundly unnerving, Antonio Campos's second feature – following 2008's equally striking and eerie “Afterschool” – sent shockwaves through the Sundance Film Festival last year: with the film finally on limited release and available on VOD, audiences can make their minds up about a film that's still proving excitingly divisive.
So what will be the seventh installment in Fox's "X-Men" film franchise, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," begins shooting today. And guess what? I'm really excited. Why? One reason: Bryan Singer.
I know Singer's work on the series has yielded some divisive returns since he last directed one of these a decade ago. And I know him saddling up is a clear sign of retreat in the view of many ("Jack the Giant Slayer" bombed, and "Superman Returns" -- which I actually like in many ways -- still stinks for some). But the fact remains my favorite comic book movie is 2003's "X2," and I'm hoping for a little bit of that spark once again.
And so the 2013 MTV Movie Awards draws to a close. "The Avengers" and "Silver Linings Playbook" were the night's big winners, the result of a line-up of nominees that was uncharacteristically...not bad. But that doesn't mean there weren't some typically, well, BAD moments. There always are. With a few decent ones to balance it all out. So we've given the show a thorough review to come up with the best and worst of the 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards.
Check out our picks in the gallery below and also chalk up your vote for the BEST moment of the show in the embedded poll.