Say it ain’t so. According to Variety, some bright bulbs have decided to make a sequel to the 1946 Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Actress Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s (Jimmy Stewart) daughter Zuzu in the original, is set to play an angel in the sequel, which is slated for release in 2015. And if this all isn’t a terrible idea, I don’t know what is. Read more »
November is here, which means it’s not only the first full month of fall, but the official start of “snuggle up and watch a movie” season. The past few weeks has seen a nice variety of flicks to hit Netflix — ones that run the LGBT spectrum. You’ve got Cloudburst, which stars the great Olympia Dukakis as a lesbian who escapes from a nursing home with her partner and sets out on a trip to Canada. The magical Laurence Anyways follows a gay couple struggling to make it work after one of them comes out as transgender. And Out in the Dark is an intense, sexy Israeli film about two men caught on opposite sides of the Middle East conflict.
Below you’ll find a list of all eight to hit my radar, with trailers and links to their Netflix page. There are two instant-streamers available, A Perfect Ending and Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. I’ve marked those with an asterisk.
As much as Gavin Hood’s long-awaited adaptation of Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s most popular novel, purports to peel into issues of intergalactic peace and compassion, the overall takeaway of this big-money blow-’em-up could’ve come straight from a Fortune 500 recruiting manual. If you’re elite and in-demand, as Ender Wiggin is, stress and expectations are certainly trumped up — but consequences are of little consequence.
Richard Gere films a scene from Franny this afternoon on Broad Street in front of the Bellevue Hyatt. Those cars are real people (not extras) just driving by on the other side. They probably had no idea that was Richard Gere. The production is based out of Sun Center Studios, which was profiled in Philadelphia magazine this month.
I know I wasn’t the only cinephile disappointed that the Philadelphia Film Festival didn’t make IndieWire’s inaugural list of the 50 leading film festivals back in 2010. They haven’t released a new installment of the list since then, so you’d have to imagine that the PFF – under the stalwart leadership of executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt and artistic director Michael Lerman, who took the reigns back in 2008 – would most definitely make the cut now. Especially with the wealth of films they’ve amassed for this year’s edition, which begins this Thursday and runs through October 27th, and promises some 90-plus features for our viewing consumption. Forthwith, one critic’s picks for some of the most anticipated, must-see entries over the next 10 days, in alphabetical order.
What’s your greatest fear? Being buried alive? Fire? Perhaps spiders? Well after seeing Gravity you might develop a new one: astrophobia. The fear of outer space. After all, Gravity—one of the most audacious, nerve-wrecking, stomach-churning, beautiful films of the past few years—is filled with peril and destruction. Its slight running time of 91 minutes feels inexorably long. It is not an enjoyable film, but one I need to see again.
Set in the 1970s, Any Day Now is the story of a drag queen who sets out to adopt a child who’s been neglected in his apartment building. The film is based on true events – and it’s also been wooing audiences at film festivals around the country to thanks to Alan Cumming’s compelling, multi-layered performance. The film opens in theaters this week.
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Coming of age in the early 90s, despite the pimples, high school dramas and usual teenage pitfalls, was that much easier thanks to celebs like Janeane Garofalo. While she had been honing her smart stand-up for years, it would be her roles in classic flicks like Reality Bites that would cement her as a kind of Grunge-era icon, especially for brooding brunettes like me who were admittedly looking for someone - anyone – who had something inspiring to say about womenkind.
It was actually a great era for that – one that would usher in musicians like Liz Phair, launch all-female indie rock tours and would put, in Garofalo’s case, this insightful actress and spoken word performer on par with the men on the scene.
Garofalo’s trajectory has been just as telling. She’s spent the last few years digging into independent film and television projects (24 and The West Wing), continuing her comedy and becoming a political pundit for the left – she was among the most talked-about hosts on Air America – thanks to her show “Majority Report.” In some ways, she was a predecessor to the talking heads we see now on MSNBC and The Daily Show.
As this pint-size, tattoo aficionado gets ready to come to Philly this week (Nov. 16) for the First Person Arts Festival (it’s not her first time in PA – she lived in Orwigsburg for a few years as a kid and has been to the city often), we effortlessly pow-wowed about what she really fears about the GOP, why she won’t give up smoking and why people always seem to think she’s gay.
Chris Colfer makes his screenwriting debut with a new film in which he also stars called Struck By Lightening. Fans of Glee will likely appreciate Colfer’s funny new twist on the weird world of high school angst. And yep, that’s Christina Hendricks from Mad Men.
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