Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
As President Obama looks to fill the spot left behind by Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court — and as the nation braces itself for the drama and controversy that’s sure to follow — HBO is looking back at a very contentious Supreme Court appointment from the not-too-distant past. In 1991, then-president George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace the retired Thurgood Marshall. During Thomas’ confirmation hearings, a former colleague of his, Anita Hill, testified that he’d sexually harassed her years earlier.
Hill’s accusations sparked a firestorm of controversy, inspiring loud conversations about gender equality and women in the workplace — conversations that are still going on today. Now, 25 years later, HBO is revisiting that watershed moment with Confirmation, a new movie directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
What would you do if your kid had a near-death experience and came back to life claiming to have seen heaven? Real-life couple Todd and Sonja Burpo found themselves in exactly that situation, after their four-year-old son Colton barely survived surgery. While the parents were initially unsure what to believe, they eventually came to trust their son’s revelations, and in 2010 the father published the book Heaven Is For Real about the family’s experience.
And now, in 2013, Sony has turned that book into a movie. Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly play the mom and dad, while newcomer Connor Corum plays their blessed son. Margo Martindale and Thomas Haden Church also star, and Randall Wallace (Secretariat) directs. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Back in May, a group of journalists hopped in a van and were driven to Sea World in San Diego, CA to visit the final day of shooting Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It was a day for the ages, filled with some of the biggest laughs I’ve ever had, and you can read about it here. During the quieter moments, we spoke with co-writer and director Adam McKay as well as star and co-writer Will Ferrell.
Below, you can read the full transcript of the on-set discussion with McKay, which reads like a master class in staying cool under pressure when directing one of the biggest comedies of the year. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Let’s just dive right in. After the jump:
- Enlightened gets canned, CSI gets renewed
- A Once Upon a Time spinoff is in the works
- Fox is developing an O.J. Simpson series
- Is Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno?
- Adam Green‘s Holliston sets a return date
- American Horror Story gets a subtitle
- Sam Raimi will direct the Fox pilot Rake
- Adam Scott could’ve been Jim Halpert
- David Brent returns in The Office Revisited
- Game of Thrones gets a new promo and a GRRM cameo
- Hemlock Grove and Hannibal get twisted new trailers
- HBO reveals a teaser for Phillip Noyce‘s Mary and Martha
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Some casting, some directing, some controversy and a couple Star Trek details are in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.
- Olivia Wilde talks of possibly returning for a Tron: Legacy sequel.
- Greg Kinnear and Josh Lawson join Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
- Paul W.S. Anderson is definitely directing Resident Evil 6.
- Warner Bros. is suing the J.R.R. Tolkien estate over a breach in contract with The Hobbit.
- Bad Robot’s Action Movie FX App will get a Star Trek Into Darkness upgrade.
- New Zealand is the latest country to get Star Trek Into Darkness a week early.
- Peter Serafinowicz joins The Muppets…Again and Tina Fey discusses her character.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
If Girls seems to chalk up Hannah’s bad ideas to her relative youth, the first trailer for Writers suggests such misguidedness may simply be an occupational hazard. In the directorial debut by Josh Boone, Greg Kinnear plays an acclaimed novelist who deals with his divorce by alternately spying on his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and screwing his married neighbor (Kristen Bell).
His kids Samantha (Lily Collins) and Rusty (Nat Wolff) are both budding writers as well, though they take totally opposite approaches to life. She racks up “experiences” in the form of notches on her bedpost, while he pines after a pretty high school classmate (Liana Liberato) with a mean boyfriend. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
I don’t know how she’s doing it, but Kristen Bell‘s been booking roles almost faster than we can write them up this week. Hot on the heels of news that she’d been cast in Disney’s Frozen and the Neil LaBute adaptation Some Girls, Bell has also landed a part in the dramedy Writers. Recent additions to the film also include Logan Lerman (The Three Musketeers), Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band), Liana Liberato (Trust), and Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) joining previously cast stars Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.
Written and directed by Josh Boone, Writers follows the dysfunctional Borgens family: successful novelist dad Bill (Kinnear), his ex-wife (Connelly), their college-aged daughter (Collins), and teenage son (Wolff). Lerman will play a fellow student pursuing the daughter, while Liberato will play the son’s first love. Bell is lined up for the part of Tricia, who, as Bill’s friend-with-benefits, helps him get over his ex. Shooting on Writers begins next week in North Carolina. [Deadline]
After the jump, Leslie Mann is the mother of thieves.
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Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
It was just a few days ago that Demi Moore dropped out of the porn biopic Lovelace after being hospitalized for “exhaustion,” but it looks like filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman may be close to finding their replacement already. Us Weekly reports that Weeds star Mary Louise Parker is being considered as a possibility to step in for Moore, who was previously set for a small part as feminist icon Gloria Steinem.
If the report proves true — and if Parker accepts — she’ll be joining a sprawling cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Romeo Brown, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, and Chloë Sevigny, with Amanda Seyfried starring as Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. Shooting on the project is currently underway in Los Angeles, though no release date has been announced at this time. Parker will next appear in the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. [via Moviefone]
Update: Actually, it turns out that Sarah Jessica Parker will take the Gloria Steinem role. Perhaps US Weekly got a couple wires crossed; the names are close enough.
After the jump, things get complicated between Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.
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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
We first heard about Jill Sprecher‘s Thin Ice when Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, and Alan Arkin signed on to star almost two years ago, back when it was still titled The Convincer. But the film hasn’t drawn much attention since then; even after it premiered at last year’s Sundance, I don’t remember hearing much about it. After seeing this sharp new trailer, though, I’m happy to be reminded of its existence.
In what sort of looks like Fargo-lite without aping the Coen Bros. too closely, Kinnear plays Mickey, a down-on-his-luck insurance agent in Kenosha, Wisconson. He stumbles across an opportunity to make some shady money off of one of his customers (Arkin), who’s unaware of the true value of one of his possessions. Unfortunately, Mickey makes the mistake of involving an unpredictable ex-con (Crudup) in his exploits, and from there things quickly spin out of control. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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