Life Itself, an attempt by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman to bring his brand of sentimental cross-generational storytelling to the big screen, has been obliterated by critics. Boasting a meager 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, nearly every critic — man, woman, minority — hates this film and all its emotionally manipulative claptrap. But, according to Fogelman, they just don’t get it. Or more specifically, “white male critics” don’t get it.
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When all the craziness of blockbuster summer has come to an end, it’ll be time to catch our breath with some quieter movies in fall. One of those movies is coming from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, and it looks like quite the charming romance that will make for a good date movie when the leaves start to turn.
Life Itself follows Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde as a couple who started dating in college and go on to get married, start a family and live through all the trials and tribulations of life and everything it has to offer. A new trailer has just arrived, and the movie certainly has flares of Fogelman’s previous big screen effort Crazy, Stupid, Love, but it seems to have a little more drama instead of comedy this time around. Read More »
Dan Fogelman has been making audiences cry all the time with his NBC family drama series This Is Us. Now he’s bringing that same level of tearjerking to the big screen with his sophomore directing effort.
Life Itself (not to be confused with the Roger Ebert documentary of the same name) stars Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Olivia Wilde (TRON Legacy) in a multi-generational love story that spans decades, not unlike This Is Us. But this one even spans across the globe with every story we see connected by a single event. And if the Life Itself trailer that debuted during the most recent episode of the aforementioned Emmy-nominated show is any indicator, Dan Fogelman will likely yank tears straight from your face. Read More »
Before season one of This Is Us ends this March, NBC has already ordered two more seasons of the hit drama, which will soon feature Katie Couric and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) as guest stars. After receiving great reviews and being greeted by a passionate audience, season one was extended to 18 episodes. Season two and three are 18 episodes a piece as well.
Below, learn more about This Is Us season two and what’s next for the show.
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I hadn’t initially planned on seeing This Is Us, Dan Fogelman’s new NBC drama. The billboards and advertising plastered around Los Angeles made it look uninteresting. I’m not against television dramas, I loved Parenthood and Friday Night Lights (although the advertising for those shows didn’t interest me either, it was the buzz from friends that brought me to them). And then the This Is Us reviews came out just before its premiere teasing a big unexpected twist at the end of the pilot episode. Okay, you got me. So I watched it and I have a few thoughts on the matter. Also, Dan Fogelman has done some interviews explaining what the twist will mean for the rest of the series, so if you’re curious about that, join me.
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Posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Bradley Cooper is adding a new title to his resume: director. The Oscar-nominated actor is eyeing as his feature filmmaking debut Honeymoon With Harry, a dramedy in which he’ll also star with Robert De Niro. More about Cooper’s possible directing gig after the jump. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get hairy with the ladies, go for broke, get mainstream for a moment, and then make our way out of cancer treatment.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Plenty of high-profile actors and filmmakers have devoted time to deflecting Fifty Shades of Grey movie rumors in recent months, but one industry figure who’s made no secret of his burning desire to bring the S&M novel to life is Bret Easton Ellis. The American Psycho author has been pushing hard for the screenwriting job over the past couple of months, calling lead character Christian Grey “a writer’s dream” and floating casting ideas via Twitter.
Alas, it seems this particular dream is out of reach for Ellis. A shortlist of possible scribes for the Universal and Focus Features adaptation has just been revealed, and Ellis’ name is nowhere to be seen. What’s more surprising may be the writers that are. Producers are reportedly eyeing writers behind Cars 2, The Killing, and Saving Mr. Banks. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
While youth tends to rule in Hollywood, the next pack of legendary onscreen partiers looks to be neither the rowdy teens of the Project X films nor the thirtysomethings of The Hangover franchise, but the senior citizens of Last Vegas. Morgan Freeman has just joined Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in the “Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover” comedy, directed by Jon Turteltaub (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). More details after the jump.
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It’s The Hangover meets Grumpy Old Men and now it’s got some real star power too. Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas have joined the cast of Last Vegas, a comedy written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). The film follows four friends who head to Las Vegas for the bachelor party of a friend marrying a woman half his age. Read more after the jump. Read More »