Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
These days, reality television may be considered by some to be a blight on our cultural landscape, but there was a time when it offered a more honest counterpoint to the idealized families being portrayed on American sitcoms. Back in the early ’70s, filmmaker Craig Gilbert conceived of a documentary series about a California household as a response to shows like The Brady Bunch. The show, “An American Family,” was considered groundbreaking at the time, and is now thought of as one of the earliest examples of reality television.
HBO Films’ Cinema Verite, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), tells the story of the making of “An American Family.” James Gandolfini stars as Gilbert, while Diane Lane and Tim Robbins play the parents of the Loud family. We’ve featured spots for the movie here before, and a new trailer has just been released. Check it out after the jump.
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Long before The Real World, Survivor or Jersey Shore, producer Craig Gilbert created An American Family. The PBS documentary special that aired in 1973 was unlike anything ever put on television. It chronicled the real life, daily struggles of the Louds, a seemingly perfect California family who were not only catapulted to fame by the film, but helped usher in a whole new genre: reality television. Cinema Verite is an HBO Original Film that tells the behind the scenes story of this groundbreaking piece of popular culture, starring James Gandolfini as producer Craig Gilbert along with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins and Mrs. and Mrs. Loud, the main subjects of the film.
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), Cinema Verite premieres on HBO April 23. We recently highlighted a first glimpse at the film but you can check out the full trailer after the jump. Read More »
We still know relatively little about Zack Snyder‘s Superman. Henry Cavill is the new Kryptonian, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are his adoptive parents on Earth. The director has said that the film will be more action-oriented, with his Superman being a more physical character than what we saw in Superman Returns. But that’s about all we’ve got. No storyline, no info on the villain. Hell, we don’t even know the title.
Mr. Snyder spent the weekend promoting Sucker Punch, and while that junket ran he was naturally asked to field questions about Superman. There aren’t any great revelations here, but there are a couple good comments that weave together aspects of the film’s approach to ‘realism’ and casting. Plus, Amanda Seyfried, who briefly had the lead role in Sucker Punch, says she auditioned for Superman, but didn’t get whatever part she was going for. It’s all after the break. Read More »
We’ve got quite a few little updates on comic book related projects today — enough that DC Comics characters get their own post. First up is a possible logo for Wonder Woman, seen above. This was snapped on set, but that doesn’t mean it is final. It will, however, give you a general idea of the design for the new David E. Kelley produced show, which stars Adrianne Palicki as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Cary Elwes, Tracie Thoms, Pedro Pascal and Elizabeth Hurley. [WonderWomanTV]
After the break, Diane Lane talks about her role in Zack Snyder’s Superman, and the existing Superman films get one big blu-ray release. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 by David Chen
Not too long ago, we heard that Kevin Costner was in talks to play Jonathan “Pa” Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman film. Today, we learn that Diane Lane has been cast as the other half of the parental dyad; she is officially on board the film as Martha “Ma” Kent. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Reality stars are a dime a dozen these days, but HBO Films’ Cinema Verite takes us back to a time when that wasn’t the case. The film dramatizes the behind-the-scenes action surrounding PBS’ 1973 documentary series An American Family, which HBO’s marketing team is referring to the first reality show. The series followed a Santa Barbara family called the Louds as parents Pat and Bill filed for divorce.
Cinema Verite stars Diane Lane and Tim Robbins as Pat and Bill, Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as son Lance, and James Gandolfini as producer Craig Gilbert. It was directed by husband and wife team Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, Wanderlust), and written by David Seltzer (1976’s The Omen). Pretty good pedigree, right? Watch the trailer and read the official synopsis after the jump. Read More »
What is it with HBO and dramatic recreations of classic documentaries? Last year there was Grey Gardens, and now the network is lining up Cinema Verite, which will be a dramatized behind the scenes take on the 1973 PBS doc An American Family. The original series was a big deal; it frankly portrayed family troubles for the first time on television, and one of the family sons was the first openly gay character/personality on American television.
Cinema Verite is written by David Seltzer, with Tim Robbins and Diane Lane set to play parents Bill and Pat Loud; James Gandolfini will play An American Family producer Craig Gilbert. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) are directing, which automatically makes the endeavor a bit more interesting. [THR]
After the break, Toni Collette will work again with her Muriel’s Wedding director, and Horrible Bosses gets some good talent. Read More »
Walt Disney Pictures have released a movie trailer for Secretariat, a horse-racing drama about “three people whose lives intersected, thanks to the champion horse Secretariat.” For those of you, like me, who don’t follow horse-racing history: Secretariat is… possible spoiler warning (I guess? Is history a spoiler? And isn’t the achievement of a true story part of the reason we want to see the film adaptations?)… one of a few horses to win the Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes.
The film is directed by Braveheart writer Randall Wallace. The movie stars John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, the former horse jockey who became Secretariat’s trainer. Diane Lane plays Penny Tweedy, owner of Meadow Farm, a horse breeding business in Virginia that was founded by her father Christopher.
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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We have a couple first looks for you today: Dwayne Johnson in Faster, Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre and Diane Lane and John Malkovich in Secretariat. Check out the photos, after the jump.
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I haven’t seen Untraceable, but I have seen the trailer, and I feel like I’ve seen probably two minutes too much for this film. Yes, I am prejudging this flick, but at least I’m disclosing this fact upfront.
IMPA has two new posters for the Diane Lane/Colin Hanks FBI Hacking Thriller. You got to love it when the theatrical advertising is just as bad as the movie, and this seems to be a prime example. To think that Frequency director Gregory Hoblit has resorted to such a film disappoints me greatly. Thankfully, I’ll be at Sundance when this film comes out (not that Screen Gems will likely screen this “gem” for press). Check out the movie posters after the jump.
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