Print

And the confirmed stars of "Let It Snow" are ...

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

It’s official.

CBS Films has confirmed the names of the cast that started filming the holiday comedy “Let It Snow” in the Pittsburgh area this week and it includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.

Also in the cast: Jake Lacy, Alex Borstein and Jon Tenney.

Seyfried was here in 2014 for “Fathers and Daughters” with Russell Crowe, while Tomei came to Pittsburgh more than two decades ago to make “Only You” opposite Robert Downey Jr.

“Let It Snow,” set to open in theaters Nov. 13, 2015, follows the exasperated members of an extended family as they attempt to gather for their annual holiday celebration. The official description: As the Christmas Eve chaos unfolds, so do moments of life transition for each of them as they realize that a house filled with love and laughter always makes the season bright.

Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam,” “Corrina, Corrina”) is directing the movie, written by Steven Rogers. It is expected to film through late March.

T Bone Burnett is producing the soundtrack and serving as the movie’s executive music producer. 

 

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Foxcatcher DVD and Blu-ray will include deleted scenes

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

foxcatcherblurayDid you film a scene for “Foxcatcher,” only to find it was eliminated once it hit the big screen? Or would you like to pause the frame to find yourself in a crowd scene?

“Foxcatcher” will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD March 3, two Tuesdays after the Academy Awards where the movie is competing for best actor (Steve Carell), best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo), director Bennett Miller, original screenplay and makeup and hairstyling. 

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD will include deleted scenes and a new featurette, “The Story of Foxcatcher,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with the director and stars Carell and Channing Tatum.

The movie is based on actual events surrounding eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and two Olympic gold medal winning wrestlers and brothers who are drawn into his orbit with tragic results. The cast also includes Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall. The movie was filmed largely in Western Pennsylvania, including in the Pittsburgh area.

“Foxcatcher” is rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence. 

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl gets standing O and raves at Sundance Film Festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

blog20150106homeandearl0125mag

 

UPDATE:  Variety is now reporting that Fox Searchlight has closed a deal to distribute "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." The news came hours after the first glowing reviews.  

It doesn’t get much better than this. A standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival and rapturous reviews in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

A headline on the Variety online review of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by critic Peter Debruge reads:  “Enthusiastically received at Sundance, this cancer-themed dramedy has the potential to outperform last year’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ ”

It reads, in part:  “Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ goes in fully expecting to cry. It’s sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter: the near-constant stream of wise, insightful jokes that make it so easy to cozy up to characters dealing with a tough emotional situation.

“The story of a high school senior forced to befriend a classmate who was just diagnosed with leukemia, and the sincere, nonsexual connection that forms as a result … this rousing adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel is destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but to endure as a touchstone for its generation.”

The movie is based on a novel and screenplay by former Pittsburgher Andrews and the film was shot here.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Sundance review by John DeFore started this way:  “A smart-ass charmer, merciless tearjerker and unironic celebration of teenage creativity, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ got a standing ovation at its Eccles premiere today and deserved it.

“The tragicomic story of the friendship between a misfit teen, his pal Earl and – uh, you get the idea – is an illness pic without the guilt-inducing mawkishness or carpe-diem platitudes. Film-seek friendly but thoroughly accessible and very funny, it has the makings of a mainstream hit.”  

That should guarantee distribution which means, if all goes well, it will eventually land in a theater near you. 

Here's a link to a story my colleague Anya Sostek wrote about the filming:

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2015/01/25/Me-Earl-the-Dying-Girl-made-and-set-in-Pittsburgh-premieres-today-at-Sundance-Film-Festival/stories/201501250025

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Redmayne edges Keaton at SAG Awards but Birdman takes top movie ensemble

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

red-carpet-julianne-moorered-carpet-eddie-redmayneMichael Keaton's momentum slowed tonight as Eddie Redmayne was named best actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He dedicated his award, for "The Theory of Everything," to those living with ALS as Stephen Hawking is. Redmayne plays Hawking opposite Felicity Jones.

Brit Redmayne, 33 and a newlywed, gave a lovely speech that ended with a thanks to Stephen and Jane Hawking and for reminding him "of the overwhelming power of the will to love and the will to live every second of your life as fully and as passionately as possible."

But Keaton made it to the stage with his fellow "Birdman" performers, honored for best movie ensemble. "Age before beauty," Edward Norton said, introducing Keaton who called what they do for a living the ultimate team sport. 

The honor for best actress in a movie went to Julianne Moore, as predicted by all, for "Still Alice" in which she plays a 50-year-old Columbia University linguistics expert diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. She started her speech by referring to her work on "As the World Turns," in which she played twin sisters.

"I want to thank my partners in this movie," she said, singling out Alec Baldwin who plays her husband and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish who are the couple's children.  

At 9:35 p.m., it was all "Downton Abbey" all the time. The show was on PBS and the cast picked up the outstanding ensemble in a drama series. The members who were there took the stage and handed off the Actor statue, giving each a moment in the spotlight. 

Winner of the female actor in a supporting movie role was Patricia Arquette from “Boyhood.” She is expected to repeat at the Academy Awards.

A six-time nominee, this was her first win. “Oh my God,” she said. “I can’t tell you what this means to me. I’m a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century through feast or famine.”

The winner of the honor for supporting actor was – as expected – J.K. Simmons from “Whiplash.” He said, “I feel like all of us actors are supporting actors,” and noted that Miles Teller is in every scene of the movie as the jazz drum student he browbeats. “I would like to thank the 49 actors who appear on screen in ‘Whiplash’ for realizing Damien Chazelle’s vision so beautifully.”

Debbie Reynolds received the Life Achievement Award from her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds got a standing ovation and revealed her favorite picture during her 66-year career was "Singin' in the Rain." She drew a connection between the bun she wore in the musical with the Princess Leia hairstyle Fisher had in "Star Wars."  

Kevin Spacey, who won a Globe for his work on "House of Cards," picked up a SAG Award as best male actor in a drama series. He was not at the ceremony but the female winner for drama, Viola Davis from "How to Get Away With Murder," was.   

On the TV side, Mark Ruffalo -- another no-show -- won for his TV work in HBO's "The Normal Heart." Winner of female actor in a TV movie or miniseries was onetime Monessen resident Frances McDormand for "Olive Kitteridge." She said, "I love what I do. Thank you for inviting myself and Mr. Richard Jenkins to the party. ... I'm proclaiming if you haven't seen Olive Kitteridge, you need to." It's coming out on DVD Feb. 9.

The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild wasted no time getting started tonight. At 8:04 p.m., first presenter Bryan Cranston was at the microphone to announce the SAG Award for female actor in a comedy to a stunned Uzo Aduba from “Orange Is the New Black.” Next up was winner of male actor in a comedy series: William H. Macy, a nine-time nominee who won for “Shameless.”

“I have written so many great acceptance speeches that I never got to give. But not tonight,” Macy joked. “To my fellow nominees. Aw, forget it, you lost.”

It was a big night for "Orange Is the New Black," turning its first nomination into its first win for its 40-member ensemble, picking up the honor for ensemble in a comedy series. 

Pittsburgh native Keaton (real name:  Michael John Douglas from Forest Grove, Pa.), Emma Stone and Norton introduced their movie, “Birdman” after the first two honors but would have to wait nearly two hours to hear their title called for the top award.

Also the stunt performers and coordinators from “Unbroken” and “Games of Thrones” were honored before the show started. Those honors were announced on the red carpet. Photos from SAG.

red-carpet-jksimmons

showroomeddieredmayne

 red-carpet-emma-stone

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Birdman takes top Producers Guild honor, American Sniper adds $64 million to box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

filmingbirdman
Two big pieces of news:
 
“Birdman” was named the big winner at the Producers Guild Awards Saturday night and, at the box office, “American Sniper” added another $64 million to its gross, bringing it to $200 million.
 
“Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton, won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Honored producers are director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.
 
Other winners: 
 
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:  “The Lego Movie” by producer Dan Lin.
 
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:  “Life Itself” from producers Zak Piper, Steve James and Garrett Basch.
 
At the box office, the story continues to be about “American Sniper.” Even Johnny Depp couldn’t save “Mordecai,” which landed in ninth place for the week. 
 
Here are the early estimates courtesy of Rentrak:  
 
1. “American Sniper” — $64,365,000, for $200,137,113 in North America since release.
2. “The Boy Next Door” — $15,000,530.
3. “Paddington” — $12,391,000 or $40,062,430 to date. 
4. “The Wedding Ringer” — $11,600,000, for $39,676,500.
5. “Taken 3” — $7,600,000, bumping its gross to  $76,051,054.
6. “The Imitation Game” — $7,136,000, for $60,642,281.
7. “Strange Magic” — $5,534,000.
8. “Selma” — $5,500,000, or $39,219,774.
9. “Mortdecai” — $4,125,000.
10. “Into the Woods” — $3,886,000, for $121,494,661 since Christmas.
 
eastwoodinarritu
 
Clint Eastwood, left, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu speak at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast hosted by The Hollywood Reporter at the Saban Theatre on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Images)
 

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.