Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

TV Over Movies: from Mildred Pierce and Nurse Jackie to Shameless and Justified

Reading the papers Friday morning, I realized that I'm more interested in Camelot, The Kennedys, The Borgias, Mildred Pierce and the American version of Scandinavian hit The Killing than the new movie reviews. It turns out that I can skip Camelot and The Kennedys, which earned lousy notices. And I'm already watching Todd Haynes' gorgeously-mounted HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, which is well-acted by Kate Winslet, Melissa Leo, Guy Pearce and Mare Winningham, but judging from the draggy first two episodes, didn't need to be stretched to five installments. And David Ulin's review made me want to go back to my fave James Cain paperbacks, which I read in my 20s. Time to make a pitch to my book group.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 1, 2011 6:29 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Weekend Preview: Hop, Insidious and Must-Sees Source Code and Oscar-Winner In A Better World

It's a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, and the LAT warns that "Easter may still be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend." However, there are finer eggs in the basket if you are willing to hunt for them. Susanne Bier's Oscar-winning In A Better World offers serious cinematic substance, and Source Code offers stylish sci-fi action from Moon's outside-the-box director Duncan Jones. The Office funny man Rainn Wilson stars alongside Ellen Page in super-hero dark comedy Super.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 1, 2011 5:00 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Summit Takes Icon UK to a Los Angeles Arbitration Tribunal Over Tree of Life

It just didn't make sense that Icon would release The Tree of Life ahead of all the other distributors before Cannes. There had to be a back story. Summit had told me that there was no way that Icon would release the film before Cannes. What I heard from London sources today is that Icon nabbed the title by paying a typically high minimum guarantee, and after seeing the film, was trying to get out of releasing it. (My queries to Icon have been ignored.) Hence the release date stand-off. The question is, how does Summit protect what is surely a delicate art-house flower that needs serious critical acclaim from starting to look like tainted goods? By bad-mouthing Icon.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 12:21 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Weiner and AMC Make Mad Men Pact

Raise high the roof beam, carpenters! AMC, Lionsgate and Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner have made their deal to extend his contract for as much as $30 million if it goes to three seasons. He will remain in charge of the lucrative show starring Jon Hamm as Madison Avenue ad exec Don Draper. Variety's Cynthia Littleton has the details:The sides came to a compromise on the running time issue by settling in allowing the show to run at its standard 47-minute length for each season premiere and season finale. The 11 episodes in between will run 45 minutes, but Weiner will have the option of delivering a 47-minute version to be made available on VOD and ultimately on DVD. (There's also been chatter about Lionsgate cutting a deal with Netflix for streaming rights to "Mad Men.")
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 12:07 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
More: TV, Mad Men, AMC

Sony Pictures Classics Officially Releasing Van Sant's Cannes-Bound Restless, Starring Wasikowska

We already announced this, but it's official now: Sony Pictures Classics will release Gus Van Sant's Restless in North America this fall. Columbia pulled the teen drama from the Sundance Premiere line-up at the last minute (it was literally the first film invited to the fest in August) in favor of sending it to Cannes. Given that Van Sant is a Croisette perennial, there's no way that Restless won't turn up there. Written by Jason Lew, the movie stars Jane Eyre's Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper (Kiss and Tell). The trailer is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 10:41 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

CinemaCon: Real Stuff Hits the Fan as Theater Owners Protest Studio VOD Plans

CinemaCon: Real Stuff Hits the Fan as Theater Owners Protest Studio VOD Plans
All is not sweetness and light these days between the Hollywood studios and theater owners. So it's no shock that the exhibs reacted badly when news broke--intentionally, to grab prime media coverage--during their Las Vegas confab of four studios' move to VOD.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 7:38 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments

Hanna Earns Early Raves: "Futuristic Fairy Tale, Arthouse Action Movie, Chase Thriller"

Director Joe Wright delivers a tour-de-force E-ride thriller with Focus Features's Hanna, starring an athletic Saoirse Ronan, who able carries the movie, supported by Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. But don't expect much depth--or dialogue for that matter-- from the director of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. The movie sets up its premise: Hanna has been raised in isolation by protective parent Bana, and enters the world prepared to defend herself from Blanchett and her agents who are out to kill her. Then a masterfully executed chase ensues. Look out for one of Wright's signature long takes.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 7:00 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Elizabeth Taylor Massed a Fortune Via Most Successful Perfume Line Ever

Was Elizabeth Taylor a billionaire? The Guardian reports that the movie star was worth about $1 billion at the time of her death last week at age 79, thanks to her perfume deals.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 6:48 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

CinemaCon Video: Hugh Jackman & Shawn Levy Talk Real Steel, The Wolverine

CinemaCon Video: Hugh Jackman & Shawn Levy Talk Real Steel, The Wolverine
At CinemaCon, CinemaBlend chats up Real Steel's director Shawn Levy (Date Night) and star Hugh Jackman on the futuristic boxing sci-fi drama. Jackman also talks about his training for The Wolverine, a character he's prepared to play "for the rest of his life." Disney's Real Steel hits theatres October 7.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 6:14 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Mad Men vs. Advertising: Weiner, AdAge and the Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Mad Men has been all over the news, from showrunner Matthew Weiner's contract dispute with AMC to disputes about how advertising should be used on the show. Isn't Mad Men about advertising? Sure. But that doesn't mean Weiner should sacrifice his creative integrity.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • March 31, 2011 6:00 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Email Updates