(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Summertime
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: The great Katharine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, a middle-aged single woman from Akron, Ohio who travels to Venice, Italy for a lengthy summer vacation. She has a gnawing sense that something is missing in her life, but finds herself yearning for adventure and being overly cautious at the same time. That’s when she meets Renato (Rossano Brazzi), an Italian shop owner, and eventually throws caution to the wind and embraces a summer romance.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Hepburn is a big draw, of course, but the film’s biggest selling point is that the entire thing was shot on location in Venice, and it looks absolutely beautiful. Director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) infuses the movie with an intoxicating sense of wonder and exploration, and the real locations mixed with the summer setting often make it seem as if you can feel and smell the city as the characters walk through it. Read More »
Here’s an early peek at your Christmas present: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new movie, which may or may not be called Soggy Bottom, has set its wide release date for December 2021. We don’t know a whole lot about the film just yet, but we do know it follows a high school student becoming an actor in the 1970s. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Alana Haim (of the band Haim), and Cooper Hoffman, son of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who frequently collaborated with Anderson.
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Ron Howard‘s Thai cave rescue movie cast is starting to fill out.
Viggo Mortensen (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Colin Farrell (In Bruges), and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) are the three most recognizable names to American audiences that have been added to the cast, but there are nine other actors who have been hired to join the ensemble as well.
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Frances McDormand (Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri) has lined up her newest starring role – and it sounds like it could be a pretty harrowing one.
McDormand is set to star in Women Talking, the latest film from Away From Her and Stories We Tell director Sarah Polley. The movie is about a group of women who live in a colony and attempt to keep their faith after the men of the colony commit multiple sexual assaults. Read More »
I once suggested that Hollywood should remake Dial M For Murder, playwright Frederick Knott’s dynamite stage play which was famously adapted into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Three years later, my suggestion is finally being heeded: a remake is being developed for television, with Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander executive producing and potentially starring in the project. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
It’s been something of a rarity to get a clear look at how certain movies have performed financially during the COVID era than it was in the Before Times. However, a picture is beginning to emerge around MGM and Orion’s Bill and Ted Face the Music which indicates that dropping the film on PVOD was a smart play by the studio. A new report says that Dean Parisot‘s comedy sequel has made just about ten times more on PVOD than it has in theaters so far. Read More »
After nearly 30 years, lovable cinematic goofballs William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) are finally returning in a new movie. And just a few days after Bill and Ted Face the Music arrives on VOD, you’ll be able to play a new Bill and Ted board game designed in a phone booth-shaped package which tests your knowledge of history and trivia. Get the details on Bill and Ted’s Excellent Historical Trivia Travel Game below. Read More »
There’s less than a week left until we can see Bill & Ted Face the Music. The long-awaited sequel finally arrives via On Demand and limited theatrical release next week, and to ramp up excitement for the feel-good sci-fi comedy, Orion Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette that gives the spotlight to the excellent cast led by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Watch the Bill and Ted Face the Music featurette below.
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It’s glorious to see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter back in their roles as the happiest pair of bros, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that Bill & Ted Face the Music is the beginning of the end. To hammer home that feeling is a new Weezer song tied to the upcoming long-awaited sequel, titled — you guessed it — “Beginning of the End.” Watch the music video for “Beginning of the End” for Rivers Cuomo’s quarantine look, and stay for a Wyld Stallyns cameo.
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It took more than a few supernatural forces to bring Bill and Ted back to our screens. Nearly 30 years after Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, the third Bill and Ted film will reunite Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as everyone’s favorite bodacious dudes. In Bill & Ted Face the Music, Winter’s Bill and Reeves’ Ted are middle-aged dads who must save reality with the help of their lookalike daughters (Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine, respectively).
Reeves, Winter, Weaving, Lundy-Paine, and Death himself William Sadler united with director Dean Parisot alongside writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson for a truly excellent virtual Comic-Con panel moderated by filmmaker and fan Kevin Smith to discuss how Bill & Ted Face the Music came to be, and what it was like for Weaving to act opposite the man who killed her uncle (Hugo Weaving, in the Matrix movies).
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