Inspired by his 9-year-old son, movie star Paul Rudd waxed rhapsodic Tuesday night with Jimmy Fallon about Philly’s favorite movie (and musical) hero, Rocky Balboa. He waxed rhapsodic about both the movie, the musical—he attended the same performance as Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo— and a meeting with Sylvester Stallone.
Deadline reports: “Warner Bros closed a preemptive deal Friday night for American Blood, a 50-page proposal for a crime story by New Zealand-based bestselling author Ben Sanders … Bradley Cooper is attached to star and produce … This is the first of what is planned as a series of novels about Marshall Grade, an undercover NYPD officer turned mob informant. While living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, he is pulled into a dangerous investigation, which causes his past in New York to get wind of his whereabouts. The hope is for Cooper to play Grade.”
Film nerds/architect nerds/music nerds/nerds, this one’s for you:
Producer Kate Logan (Kidnapped For Christ) recently started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary that would tell the story of Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania United Methodist minister who was defrocked late last year for officiating the same-sex marriage of his son. Here’s a clip from the Huffington Post in which the film’s director Scott Sheppard talks about what inspired the project, called An Act of Love, and how he hopes it will help:
Every month Philly film critic Piers Marchant shares his picks for the best new releases on Netflix Instant streaming.
Okay, sure, our shortest month is almost over, but it still has eight more days of chilly, ghoulish wintry mix to rain down on our heads. Why not stay inside where it’s warm and the glow of your TV streaming an entirely beguiling movie or two will help take the edge off? Here are our picks for five of the most worthy spots on your streaming queue.
One-Off Movie Screenings in Philly This Week: They Die by Dawn, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Chinatown and More
Every week we round up the one-off film screenings playing in Philadelphia. Click film names for trailer when available.
- Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2013, various) Wed., Feb 19, 5:50 p.m.
- Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (2013, various) Thu., Feb 20, 6:30 p.m.
- The Wizard of Oz (1939, U.S.) Sat., Feb 22, 10:30 a.m.
Totally worth the two-and-a-half minutes it’ll take from your Friday.
The trailer to Think Like a Man Too, starring Philly’s Kevin Hart, was just released. It’s the sequel to the 2012 comedy Think Like a Man, which was based on Steve Harvey’s relationship-advice guide Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment.
The film opens nationwide on June 20.
Here we are: snowstorm No. 9 (10? 11?) and we have another snow day to contend with. To help you while away your cozy day at home, I asked Philly Mag staffers to help me come up with a list of flicks and TV shows you can stream instantly.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — Joel Mathis
Three reasons to watch The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: 1. It just arrived on Netflix, and you never know how long you’ll get a great classic movie like this available before it disappears again. 2. It’s three hours long, so it’ll fill up most of your snow afternoon. 3. It has one of the greatest scores in all of cinema history, highlighted by a wailing theme you’ll never forget. It’s almost too much awesome for a snow day.