September 18, 2015
        "Black Mass" could get Johnny Depp back in the Oscar game                J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve: Ten potential first time writer/director nominees for Oscar in 2015                Roger Deakins offers up some of his very best cinematography in "Sicario"                "The Martian" launches itself as an awards hopeful at the Toronto Film Festival                "Steve Jobs": Oscar predictions for September                "Sleeping with Other People" is one of the most charming films of 2015                Sandra Bullock looks like a contender in the Trailer for "Our Brand is Crisis"                Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the upcoming 007 film "Spectre"                Richard Gere is an under the radar Best Actor contender for "Time Out of Mind"                Telluride and Venice launch festival debuts into the Oscar race                “The Hateful Eight”: Looking at potential Best Original Screenplay Contenders                David O. Russell and Ridley Scott: Which filmmaking contenders this year are most due for their first win?                Telluride Announces 2015 Lineup - Steve Jobs, Black Mass, Suffragette                “Sicario”: Ten Films to see in September                Will Smith crusades for Best Actor in the "Concussion" Trailer        

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“True Detective” wraps up a compelling yet divisive second season

After the almost masterpiece that was the first season of True Detective, it seemed almost inevitable that this new season would be met with a more mixed response. That being said, I’m sure creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto wasn’t expecting Season Two to be nearly as divisive as it was. Having just wrapped up last night, I certainly enjoyed it quite a bit, but like most also recognize that Season One was a bit of an anomaly with how amazing it was. You were never going to beat Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at the top of their game, backed by Cary Fukunaga directing all six episodes like one long movie. Still, for many this second time around left a lot to be desired. Not me though…
Much like last season, True Detective centered around a murder mystery but really was more concerned with the personal and professional lives of those investigating the crime. This time around, instead of a pair of detectives, there were three law enforcement agents, along with a criminal. There was the damaged Detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), the secretive Officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch), and the slightly corrupt Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), who lost his moral compass when falling into the debt of Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) in the effort to avenge a crime against his former wife. Frank leans on Ray, but also worries about him, making for less of a villain than just another morally complex individual. They all come together while trying to figure out who killed a city official in a small California town. Frank has had money stolen from him by the now dead man, while the other three come across the body. What follows is again a sometimes poetic and sometimes frustrating descent into moral confusion and despair. Last season was nearly perfect, this one is more of a peaks and valleys type of situation. All the same, it was still must see television.
While certain things continued on from the first season of True Detective (like Pizzolatto undeserving his supporting female characters…Michelle Monaghan last time and Kelly Reilly this time), the big difference in quality here was the direction. Pizzolatto’s hard boiled writing just worked better when mixed with Fukunaga’s singular vision. He created a six hour movie with Harrelson and McConaughey. This time around, that doesn’t feel like the case, as a number of directors took turns with […]

Veteran actors who can follow the Tom Cruise/Liam Neeson action hero path

Between last week’s Liam Neeson release Run All Night marking one of the final times that Neeson will play an action hero and yesterday’s debut of Tom Cruise defying age in the new Mission: Impossible trailer, I got to thinking about who could take their places going forward. Obviously, Neeson is almost done and Cruise won’t be kicking ass forever, so there must be an heir apparent or two out there, right? Well, no one who is out and out gunning for that gig, but there’s plenty of middle aged actors who have at least dipped their toes in the water. As such, I came up with a list of actors who could certainly take the mantle from these two, perhaps even pushing this sub genre of action to a slightly new level. It’s mostly a list in good fun, but there’s certainly some truths contained within. Hey, maybe in a few years I’ll have been proven prescient about a couple of career arcs!
Below you’ll see the ten gentlemen I’ve selected, listed alphabetically:
Javier Bardem – Most people acknowledge that Bardem can do just about anything, including turning in a couple of terrific villain turns, so why not an action hero? One of those turns is especially iconic (No Country for Old Men) and he even has a part in the recently released action flick The Gunmen, so he’s orbiting that action hero planet in a big way. I think he’d do a great job too.
Kenneth Branagh – Here’s another actor who has tried out the villainous role, but Branagh seems tailor made to perhaps play a veteran spy. He’s firmly entrenched in his directing career, which makes this a long shot, but anything is possible. Maybe he could be given his own franchise to headline both in front of and behind the camera? That might do the trick.
Kevin Costner – For a while Costner was an action hero, of course, but those days have passed him by. If he were to return, it’d be as a second generation hero, which certainly has an appeal. There’s a risk of having this feel like someone who fell out of The Expendables, but Costner has played around in the action genre recently, with last year’s 3 Days to Kill (which had the aforementioned Branagh as the bad guy) as one example. I hope he sticks with it, in addition to his strong dramatic […]

“True Detective” continues to bridge the gap between film and television

With a bunch of casting news/rumors and plot points beginning to leak out about the second season of HBO’s acclaimed anthology series True Detective, I wanted to take another look at the talent surrounding the show. Basically, I’m thrilled to see that it’s really the one program out there that’s looking to be more like a movie than a TV show. Television has always been a very different medium than film, but True Detective is really working hard to bridge the gap, in a big way too. This next season, if it’s as good an as artful as the first, could really do it.
On the inaugural season, it almost came as a shock how cinematic the series was. Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto created a blueprint for something that could have been just another procedural, but the talent that came together really elevated it. Season One director Cary Fukunaga brought art house visuals to television, which I loved. A-list movie stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey brought heft and pizzazz to the small screen. It really was a perfect marriage. Last time out I wrote about how it would have fared as an Oscar contender if it somehow was just an eligible eight hour movie, but that speaks to its cinematic power. Eight episodes that strike you as one long flick.
For the second season, Pizzolatto and HBO are continuing to think big. Initially mega stars like Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain were sought out for leading roles, which would have been something incredible. Lately, it’s beginning to look like Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn are going to be three of the main characters, with Elisabeth Moss also rumored for a part. Those are all pretty strong names, to say the least. With new rumors have supremely underrated filmmaker Andrew Dominik potentially coming aboard to be the director, that could really put it over the edge.
Above all else, what I like about True Detective is how much it strives to be a movie during this supposed Golden Age of Television. I’ll always be partial to the cinematic experience, even if the big screen is progressively losing ground to the small screen. True Detective is this great experiment happening right before our eyes, and I’m following it closely. In five years, I feel like we’re going to look back on to the first season or two of this show, […]

Friends Wanted for Ultimate Miller Time “Internship”

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are taking on a dream internship this summer. They’re not the only ones.
Miller Lite is partnering with 20th Century Fox’s summer comedy movie “The Internship,” which arrives in theaters everywhere June 7 and stars Vaughn and Wilson. Inspired by the film, Miller Lite is going to give four legal-drinking-age friends the experience of a lifetime: A two-week Miller Time “Internship” that will take them across the country for a series of special Miller Lite events.
The winners of the two-week “internship” will travel in a customized Miller Time “Internship” RV that will feature all the elements of a great “mancave,” stopping in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Instead of filing papers and fetching coffee, they’ll deliver beer to the hottest pool party in Vegas, go behind the scenes to see how Miller Lite is brewed, become honorary members of Brad Keselowski’s pit crew on race day and walk the red carpet in Los Angeles for the premiere of “The Internship.”
“Our partnership with ‘The Internship’ film led us to wonder, what would a dream internship with Miller Lite look like?” said Ryan Reis, senior director of marketing for Miller Lite. “Miller Time is all about great times over a beer with good friends, so the winners had to be a group of friends rather than an individual. And to deliver on the great times part of that equation, we’re going to fill their internship with the type of experiences only Miller Lite can deliver.”
Now through April 7, beer drinkers can enter for a chance to win the Miller Time “Internship” through an open call for entries on Sets of four friends must enter together.
A panel of judges will select 15 groups from the initial pool of entries for the Miller Time “Internship.” Groups that are selected will participate in a screening via an online video conference or in person at MillerCoors headquarters in Chicago. The winning group will hit the road for the Miller Time “Internship” from approximately May 17 through May 30.
Miller Lite, which is the official beer of South by Southwest, launched the entry process for the Miller Time “Internship” today at the festival in Austin, with the help of actors Josh Brener, Josh Gad and Max Minghella, all of whom star in “The Internship.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Miller Lite on ‘The Internship’,” said Zachary Eller, senior […]

Melissa McCarthy is officially a comedy mega-star

‘Identity Thief’ cements Melissa McCarthy’s stardom while Side Effects clarifies Channing Tatum’s box office drawing power.
Melissa McCarthy is officially a comedy mega-star. There can be little dispute of that after this weekend. Identity Thief topped the box office this weekend with an astonishing $36.5 million and I’m at a loss to think of any reasons it would do so well aside from Ms. McCarthy.
Jason Bateman is a terrific actor and a fine foil, but he’s box office poison as a lead (The Switch opened with $8.4 million, Extract opened to $4.3 million, and The Change-Up debuted with $13 million). The film’s simple and self-explanatory title, along with the clever expository tagline (“She’s having the time of his life.”) surely helped, as did the lack of any big comedies in the current marketplace. Parental Guidance and This Is Forty are both doing stealthy strong business, with $74 million and $67 million thus far respectively, but this is the first big star comic vehicle in awhile and it delivered in spades.
This was McCarthy’s first big test of her alleged stardom. Identity Thief was completely sold on McCarthy’s new-found stardom. The core imagery was basically her face on the poster, slipping a Slurpee next to a befuddled Jason Bateman. This is a much larger debut than Bridesmaids, the film which catapulted her to fame and proverbial glory back in May, 2011. This is among the ten-best R-rated comedy debuts ever and the fifth-best for a non-sequel. Heck, it opened bigger than the PG-13 Couples Retreat, which had a proverbial whos-who of comedy players (Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, and Kristen Bell) and managed a $34 million debut back in October 2009.
Fox has to be thrilled at the moment, knowing that they have a plausible gold-mine in the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock action-comedy The Heat waiting in the wings for June of this summer.
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Vince Vaughn apparently bringing ‘The Brady Bunch’ back It looks like ‘The Brady Bunch’ is going to be coming back to TV in part thanks to Vince Vaughn.
It is reported that CBS is developing a reboot of the show with Vaughn attached as an executive producer, states The show will allegedly be set in modern time and take on a more modern feel while tackling the blended families.
Lloyd Schwartz is reportedly also an executive producer for the show.
Will you watch it?
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The Watch: Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller

by Joseph Braverman yourself for a very long month where The Dark Knight Rises will more than likely dominate the box office. Christopher Nolan’s final film in his acclaimed trilogy made an estimated $162 million last weekend, and is on track for a $75-$80 million intake for its second go-around. The only other major new release, The Watch, can best be summed up by the image above.
No, ladies and gentlemen, that is not a Pokémon being released — though admittedly, that would certainly be a lot more entertaining than what this generic comedy-meets-science fiction romp will be offering us — but is instead an alien device that tries its best to bring cows back to movie relevancy a la the glory days of Twister. In other words, The Watch probably won’t offer you anything new that you haven’t already seen before in any comedy, science fiction, apocalyptic, Jonah Hill/Vince Vaughn/Ben Stiller movie. So why are moviegoers going to flock to this film? Because Jonah Hill is just so likeable and endearing, even when he physically assaults a woman in a department store (see: 21 Jump Street) and thinks silencing his mother means caressing his fingers over her lips (if this sounds as gross as it does, it’s because it is). Oh, it also has Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, and while they may be “So 5 Minutes Ago” as opposed to Jonah Hill’s “Currently Trending” status, plenty of film goers still can’t seem to get enough of these golden guys of comedy (okay, that came off harsher than I meant it to). The film may have a difficult time surpassing the $30 million mark this weekend, as the reviews so far have been predominantly damning. Opening in 3,168 locations, I’m projecting a soft yet not terrible $25 million debut. Richard Ayoade and Rosemarie DeWitt co-star alongside the comedic trio.
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Jennifer Aniston: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery – Feb. 21, 2012 Jennifer Aniston is busy promoting ‘Wanderlust’ these days, but that isn’t the only enjoyable thing going on in her life.
Aniston is also basking in her ongoing romance with Justin Theroux, who also stars in ‘Wanderlust.’
So while the two are out promoting the film that eventually brought them together, Hollywood News is naming her a Hot Hollywood Celebrity.
Enjoy the photo gallery below!

Jennifer Aniston rose to fame with her role as Rachel on ‘Friends.’ After her successful run on TV, Aniston took over the movie industry with a number of hit films that included ‘Office Space,’ ‘The Good Girl,’ ‘The Break-Up’ and ‘Marley & Me.’
But Aniston’s personal life hasn’t been as smooth as she was once married to Brad Pitt who pretty much left her when he moved on to his relationship with Angelina Jolie. And while Aniston reportedly tried out relationships with Vince Vaughn and John Mayer, she now seems pretty happy with Justin Theroux.
Aniston has also done her fair share of charity work as she has worked with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital among other charities.

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Hollywood’s most overpaid actresses, actors revealed Not everyone in Hollywood is worth the money they are paid as ‘Forbes’ is revealing the actresses and actors who are a little bit overpaid.
It seems that Drew Barrymore and Eddie Murphy win the titles as they aren’t bringing in enough money to validate what they are paid, states With Barrymore, for every $1 she makes on a film, the film brings in 40 cents.
Murphy isn’t as rough as for every $1 he makes, his films return an average of $2.70.
Other stars who made the list for being overpaid include Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
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Jonah Hill joins Ben Stiller’s “Neighborhood Watch”

By Sean O’Connell Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s sci-fi/comedy “Neighborhood Watch” is getting a little superbad.
Jonah Hill has signed on to the high-concept comedy, which follows a pack of suburban dads who start a neighborhood watch club just to get a little time away from their families, then must contend with an alien invasion. Hill, according to THR, will play Vaughn’s “sidekick,” who the trade says will “constantly embellish his past to include a rough and dark side.”
Hill joins recently cast Rosemarie DeWitt in the ensemble, which will be directed by The Lonely Island standout Akiva Schaffer. “Neighborhood Watch” expects to film in Georgia in the fall. As for Hill, he’ll be seen in “Moneyball” with Brad Pitt in a few weeks, then headlines a “21 Jump Street” remake next year.
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