July 11, 2015

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“5 to 7″ and “It Follows”: The Best of the First Quarter of 2015

Time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2015 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks (cough, Furious 7, cough) and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2015 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. I do have one release from this weekend that I’ve included, but only because of how eager I am to talk about it. Other than that, there’s no cheating…I swear!
Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with my awards for the first quarter of 2015. Here you go, and enjoy:
10. The Rewrite – A charming and simple Hugh Grant film, it likely would have been a hit had it come out a decade ago. Grant is at his wittiest in a while, with J.K. Simmons turning in yet another solid supporting performance as well. It’s nothing to go crazy over, but it’s a quietly enjoyable movie that I’ve already revisited more than once since it hit Blu-Ray and DVD last week.
9. Black or White – Even though this got a qualifying run at the end of 2014, it’s officially a 2015 release, at least in terms of its wide bow, so it counts here in my book. Kevin Costner is fantastic, while Octavia Spencer is very good too in Mike Binder’s latest flick. It made a few bucks, but it definitely deserved a much bigger audience than it received. The film is hardly perfect, but its heart is most certainly in the right place.
8. While We’re Young – I first saw this as the New York Film Festival’s Secret Screening, but it’s just as appealing here in the first quarter of 2015. Noah Baumbach’s most mainstream outing to date, he really gave us a great quartet of characters, ones essayed by Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried. It’s not on the level of some of his best films, but I still really liked it.
7. Amira & Sam – One of the bigger surprises this year […]

Cloud Atlas is visually dazzling – Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturges, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant

HollywoodNews.com: Wow… just wow. This is exactly the kind of film that we claim Hollywood lacks the nerve to make and yet here it is. It’s based on an acclaimed science fiction novel. It stars the likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturges, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, and James D’Arcy.
It cost $100 million to make yet looks like it cost $500 million. It’s rated R. It runs 164 minutes. For those who claim that Hollywood doesn’t make movies for adults anymore, you kinda have a duty to check this out in three months. Warner Bros. is seemingly showing some of that old-school hands-off courage that made them my favorite major studio for most of my life, letting Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis run wild once again. Since I have not read the 2004 book that this film is based on, I cannot say how spoiler-ish this footage is, but considering how under-the-radar this picture is 90 days before its debut, I’d argue that this is a necessary marketing tool to get people talking. Long story short, this looks spectacular and instantly shoots to the upper-realms of my ‘must-see’ list for fall/winter 2012. To be fair my secret wish is for Cloud Atlas to be so good that it causes people to reevaluate the inexplicably undervalued brilliance of Speed Racer and even (to a lesser extent) the Matrix sequels. Cloud Atlas opens on October 26th. I suppose ‘we’ll see’, but yeah, go see it regardless.

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Third ‘Bridget Jones’ film reportedly still in works

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like ‘Bridget Jones’ fans are going to still have something to look forward to as it is being reported that a third film is being worked on in hopes of filming it soon.
While it was recently rumored that Hugh Grant didn’t want to be involved due to script issues, it is now reported that the stars are still on board with working things out, states E! News.
Grant’s rep recently commented, “Hugh is keen that ‘Bridget Jones 3′ happens, but Renée [Zellweger], Colin [Firth] and he all have some issues with the present script. They are hoping to help work them out.”
It is rumored that the third film will be called ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby.’
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Halle Berry to present at 84th Academy Awards®

HollywoodNews.com: Halle Berry has been added to the list of presenters at the Oscars this year which will take place on February 26th.
Berry will present at the event where she has previously won an Oscar for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball.’
Berry was most recently seen in ‘New Year’s Eve’ and will soon be alongside Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant in ‘Cloud Atlas.’
Will you tune in to see her present?
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Hugh Grant has not delayed “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” producers claim

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is the “Bridget Jones” sequel dead or isn’t it?
Conflicting reports are coming down the wire over the past 24 hours, leaving fans of Renee Zellweger’s beloved spinster with their heads spinning just a bit.
First, there were reports that the production on a third “Bridget Jones” comedy had stalled, and that script problems could doom the entire effort despite the involvement of original “Diary” stars Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. It is Grant, in fact, who was receiving the lion’s share of the blame for delaying the production, though producers now are coming to the funny man’s defense.
“Reports that Hugh Grant has exited ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ are untrue,” said Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan. “We are still working on the script, hence the delay to the start of production, but the film is going ahead as planned.”
David Nicholls and “Diary” author Helen Fielding are fine-tuning the script, which will be directed by Peter Cattaneo. And for now, it sounds like these labor pains are minor, and the film will happen.
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Hugh Grant is reportedly a first-time dad

HollywoodNews.com: Hugh Grant is allegedly a dad for the first-time as he reportedly now has a baby girl who was born back in October.
Grant allegedly welcomed his new daughter early in October, but the identity of the mother is unknown at this time, states UsMagazine.com. He was last romantically linked to Chinese actress Tinglan Hong back in April.
Grant has spoken openly about the desire to have children to care for in the future. There has been no official comment on the rumored news.
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Hugh Grant boards “Cloud Atlas”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Hugh Grant is the latest name added to the adaptation of “Cloud Atlas,” which will be co-directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings, Andy and Lana. He’ll join Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving in a sprawling story that centers around multiple characters in multiple eras.
Shooting on the adaptation “will take place in Glasgow, Scotland — which recently played host to Brad Pitt starrer ‘World War Z,’ Spain and Germany, with two full units working simultaneously,” THR reports.
Warner Bros. will release the film domestically, while Focus will pick it up globally.
As the trade reports, Grant has been busy testifying against News of the World in the high-profile phone-hacking scandal that plagued Britain and caused the downfall of the Rupert Murdoch-owned news organization. He has been working on and off since 2004, appearing in rom-coms like “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
THR also says “Cloud Atlas” is “one of the biggest projects ever to be produced out of Germany,” having so far received nearly $3 million in production financing from various German film subsidy bodies.
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Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth back for third “Bridget Jones”

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: One, Twice, Three Times a Lady.
We’re singing that because Working Title Films is moving ahead with a third installment in the Bridget Jones series, as confirmed by Entertainment Weekly.
Working Title Films is the same production company responsible for the initial 2001 movie (starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth) and its sequel, dubbed “The Edge of Reason” in 2004.
While details on the plot remain scarce, Firth gave EW’s Dave Karger some juicy details.
“I can tell you that Bridget and Mark can’t have children,” said Firth. “So then she makes the huge mistake of going back to Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant’s character] for long enough to get pregnant.”
After knocking her up, Daniel dumps Bridget and leaves her stranded – and guess who’s left to pick up the pieces? Firth suggests that his character will ultimately rescue Jones from a woe-some life of needless drama.
I know, some of you out there are saying to yourselves, “Really? A third one?” and the answer is yes, of course they’re making a third one. The first film was an international hit, raking in $281 million worldwide. The second was crucified by critics (and for good reason!) but still managed to make $262 million at box offices. Why spend valuable time producing an original film when you can benefit from the success of an already established franchise?
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Hugh Grant aboard animated “Pirates!” pic for Sony

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Johnny Depp is an American actor living in France who affects a British accent to play a pirate on screen. Hugh Grant, on the other hand, is a British actor who has had great success in the States and will conjure an as-yet-unheard accent to voice the lead character in an animated pirate movie.
See the difference?
Sony announced today that Grant, who has not been seen on screen since 2009’s “Did You Hear About the Morgans?,” will lend his voice to the studio’s “The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists,” a stop-motion 3D animated film from the geniuses at Aardman Animations.
Such a strange title, but what a wonderful cast. In addition to Grant, “Pirates” has recruited David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, and Ashley Jensen, according to THR.
“I’m so grateful to the entire cast for their talent and energy. Only Hugh could anchor this story of love, loyalty, greed, and nautical high-jinks,” said director Peter Lord.
Columbia Pictures plans to release the animated film next March.
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Hugh Grant cited for appearing with a “bevy of beauties”

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Hugh Grant–remember him? Cited in the paper today for appearing with a “bevy of beauties.” Whatever that means.
Stuttering, blinking Hugh used to be in the movie business. But after “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” and “Music and Lyrics”–two movies no one should be forced to watch again–Grant is without a project. He has nothing in the can and no listings in development.
I do think it’s time for the sequel to “Notting Hill,” but no one asked me and I’m not paying for it. In the meantime, Grant remains a curio of his generation. With no movie shot for 2011, he’s taking the chance of being off the radar for more than two years.
…Meantime, there’s another Olson twin! Who knew it? Elizabeth Olsen is the 21 year old sister of pencil trolls Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen. She plays Catherine Keener’s daughter in “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding.” Her brother is played Nate Wolff, son of Polly Draper and musician Michael Wolff. Nate and his brothers have a successful tween band called The Naked Brothers. Elizabeth must be very small since no one’s really noticed her before. But maybe she’s the actual actress in the family…
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