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Marnie Minervini recently lost her husband. The couple were very much in love and did everything together but her loss isn't going to stop Marnie getting on with her life. She moves from New Jersey to LA to be closer to her daughter and purchases a new flat near The Grove and a new iPhone which she won't let get the better of her.
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The ludicrous Jezebel article was dismissed by Neeson's reps as "stupid".
Liam Neeson’s revelation a few weeks ago that he’s been dating an “incredibly famous” mystery woman has had the internet blazing with speculation, including one piece which claimed that it might be Twilight actress Kristen Stewart.
However, the North Irish actor’s representatives have moved to dismiss that rumour, telling Gossip Cop on Thursday (February 11th) that even though the original Jezebel article admitted that it was based on “almost nothing” except that they were in the same New York restaurant one night, it was indeed “meaningless speculation”.
Liam Neeson is NOT dating Kristen Stewart
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Hedy Lamarr would have been 101 on November 9th and left a lasting legacy on screen and with modern technology.
Susan Sarandon has announced she’s making a documentary on actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in conjunction with Reframed Pictures, American Masters and Submarine. The legendary film star would have turned 101 yesterday (November 9th) and her birthday was marked with a special Google Doodle, honouring her unique legacy.
Susan Sarandon is making a documentary about Hedy Lamarr.
Announcing the doc, which has the working title Hedy: The Untold Story of Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr, Sarandon said: “This is the story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history.”
Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon - A variety of celebrities were snapped as they attended Lifetime's Miniseries "The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe" Special Screening And Panel Inside which was held at the Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th May 2015
Susan Sarandon - A variety of celebrities were snapped as they attended Lifetime's Miniseries "The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe" Special Screening And Panel Inside which was held at the Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th May 2015
The actress was not at home at the time, but her son was housesitting.
Susan Sarandon fell victim to residential burglary over the weekend, when her New York home was broken into on Saturday night. The stolen items include a laptop, a camera and several pieces of jewelry, as well as some “papers”, according to Page Six.
Sarandon was out of town when the burglary happened.
At the time of the burglary, 67-year-old Sarandon was out of town. Her son, 22-year-old Miles Robbins, was at the house on Saturday. According to the police report, he stepped out of the Manhattan home between 8pm and 9pm, providing the burglar with ample opportunity. The burglar apparently used a ladder to hop from the roof next door to the top of the actress’ nine-story brick building. Authorities suspect that he/she entered the home through a terrace window or door.
Were all the best 'Tammy' lines used up in the trailer?
It's nearly July 4th which means at least one thing: Melissa McCarthy's new comedy Tammy is being released this weekend. The hilarious trailer for the movie gives a glimpse into the hijinks of McCarthy's titular "heroine" as she is forced to turn to crime to get herself out of a pickle.
The Bridesmaids actress finally takes centre stage in her own comedy, which is directed by her husband Ben Falcone. After somehow managing to pull off an unlikely robbery at a fast foopd restaurant, the now-fugitive Tammy hits the road with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) and heads to Niagara Falls. However, the pair must work hard to evade the police, getting caught up in many hilariously outrageous situations along the way.
Early critics have had chance to mull over the movie, and unfortunately for Melissa, Tammy hasn't been given a clean bill of health. Describing the film as an "unfortunate, though ambitious and intermittently enjoyable, misfire," the AP's Jocelyn Noveck fails to be immersed in the movie structure of Tammy, saying "Other recent comedies have been described as elongated "Saturday Night Live" skits, but it's especially apt here.
Susan Sarandon - Susan Sarandon lights the Empire State Building purple, blue and gold to celebrate the 15th anniversary of 'Only Make Believe' - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 17th June 2014
Melissa McCarthy finally gets her own movie.
The trailer has been released for the new comedy from Melissa McCarthy, Tammy. The actress, who is known for her side-splitting roles in comedies like Bridesmaids and The Heat, stages centre-stage in her own comedy, which she wrote and is directed by her husband, Ben Falcone.
Melissa McCarthy Is The Star Of The Show In New Comedy, 'Tammy.'
The new film sees the 43 year-old actress team up with Susan Sarandon, who plays her grandmother, Pearl. The trailer shows McCarthy as Tammy gearing up to rob a fast food restaurant by pulling gangster poses and expressions to the sound of Coolio's 'Gangster Paradise' to get her pumped up for the crime.
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Susan Sarandon and Padma Lakshmi - =TIME celebrates its TIME 100 issue of the 100 most influential people in the world gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014
Susan Sarandon revealed her method of enduring the countless award shows she has attended over the years...by smoking pot prior to hitting the red carpet.
Susan Sarandon reveals how she keeps herself amused at the many award shows she has attended over the years.
In the 'Plead th Fifth' segment, where guests are allowed to not answer a question, she was asked, "name one major Hollywood even that you showed up to stoned."
Continue reading: Susan Sarandon Reveals Being Stoned At "Almost All" Award Shows
The screen icon admitted to getting high at most awards show, but not the Oscars
Susan Sarandon has found a way to make the tedium of the seemingly never-ending award season go by without even noticing: by getting stoned for every one. Well, almost everyone, Sue does like to stay sober for the Oscars at least, as she explained in a recent interview.
Sarandon appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (11 Dec.) night where she spoke openly about her marijuana use at so many public appearance, as she revealed that even the actors and actresses being honoured find the whole awards show thing a bit dreary. She was casual and frank as she told host Andy Cohen about her penchant for smoking a joint or two before taking her seat or hitting the red carpet, probably because it has become such a regular occurrence for her.
After briefly discussing pot use, Cohen asked the 67-year-old to name one major Hollywood event she has shown up to stoned, Sarandon replied "Only one?" as the two shared a hearty laugh. She then told the host, "I would say almost all except the Oscars."
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When Melissa McCarthy fires an extra, she must have done something dreadfully wrong, right?
When Melissa McCarthy fires an extra from a movie set, things must have gone very, very wrong. The bubbly Bridesmaids star gave a young woman her marching orders on the set of her and husband Ben Falcone's new movie Tammy for a frankly bizarre reason, reports TMZ.com.
The extra - a woman in her 20s - had brought along her child to the set for a daylong shoot by a lake. She was being paid $58. However, witnesses say the extra had been struggling to keep her kid occupied all morning and was constantly harping on the child to "stop it" and quiet down, loudly disrupting production apparently.
Sources say the last straw came when the young mother harshly jerked the child up in the air by the wrist and McCarthy saw the whole thing. The director immediately had assistants eject the woman from the set saying she wouldn't tolerate such abuse on her set. The woman's identity was not disclosed and representatives for McCarthy made no immediate comment on the incident.
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USA today says that film had a budget of $100m which reflects the complexity of its production, and the reason behind its star-saturation. The plot of the movie (and book) is a tapestry of six stories, following one soul as it moves from one body to the next, to the next, spanning around 500 years, from 1849 to the 24th century. The premise assumes reincarnation to be true, and really focuses on the unity of the human race. UPI states the official plotline as "the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present, and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution."
Speaking about her role, Berry said "You have to say yes to something like this, [I want audiences to] walk away having a dialogue about it. And really realizing the ramifications of all of our actions and all of the choices that we make, and that they do reverberate for generations and generations. Acts of kindness and also acts of cruelty. It really matters." Halle has also revealed that she believes in reincarnation. "I think it's huge and something I believe in; the idea of reincarnation," she said, reported by CNN. "[Next time] I hope [to be] an animal. I'm a little tired of the human being thing; I'd love to come back as an animal next time around."
At 30, Jeff (Segel) is wasting his life in his mother's basement. Frustrated that he's not more ambitious, like older brother Pat (Helms), Mom (Sarandon) sends him out on an errand. But everything that happens when he's outside reinforces his belief in some sort of cosmic destiny that's guiding his every step. He also gets involved with Pat, who's showing off his new Porsche just as he learns that his wife (Greer) might be cheating on him. Meanwhile, Mom is perplexed by the fact that she has a secret admirer at work.
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Jeff could not be more different from his brother Pat. Where Pat is a successful businessman in a happy marriage, Jeff lives in his mother's basement all day, smoking weed and watching his favourite film, Signs. Drawing deep significance from the film, Jeff starts to believe that everything in life has a purpose. This takes its toll on his mother, who is tired of Jeff staying indoors all day. Also becoming irritated by his brother's behaviour is Pat, who has much better things to do than pick up after his brother.
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Jake (LaBeouf) is a rising-star broker working for a Wall Street veteran (Langella). His girlfriend Winnie (Mulligan) is the estranged daughter of the legendary Gordon Gekko (Douglas), who recently completed his prison term for insider trading. But Jake's idea to reunite Winnie and her dad takes a turn when they begin a kind of teacher-student relationship. Jake then takes a job for an archrival investor (Brolin) to orchestrate his downfall. But this is 2008 and banks are starting to collapse around them. And maybe Gekko is up to his old tricks.
Continue reading: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review
23 years after Gordon Gekko's incarceration for insider trading, he finds himself being released into the outside world. He may have no family to meet him but he's ready to once again take his place in the business world. His soon to be son-in-law Jacob contacts Gordon in the hope that together they will reunite father and daughter. Winnie has always been wary of her father, especially his business dealings to which she warns her fiancé but when Jacob finds himself taken under the wing of Gordon, the offer is too good to turn down.
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The movie jumps headfirst into the action without any necessary build-up or labored background. We meet Louise, a headstrong waitress, and her younger, flighty friend Thelma (Geena Davis) as they finalize plans for their road trip. Nothing more or less complicated than that. Where they are going is fairly vague; why they are going is more telling: their explicit purpose in taking a trip is to escape from the men in their lives. Jimmy (Michael Madsen), Louise's longtime casual partner, is a gruff mechanic who loves Louise, but doesn't know how to show it. Darryl (Christopher McDonald), Thelma's husband, is a plain loser, a carpet salesman with a cheesy mustache, bouffant-fro, and a lack of respect for his wife.
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Andy and Larry Wachowski, creators of the Matrix trilogy, contradict themselves from the start. The brothers have written and directed a live-action adaptation of the 1960s anime series that fails to keep a foot in reality. Speed Racer doesn't break new ground; it clings to cartoonish boundaries established by Wile E. Coyote as he pursued that pesky Road Runner. If The Matrix taught the pseudo-spiritual Neo that there was no spoon, then Speed Racer posits that there is no camera. Instead, the Wachowskis are free to bend and twist reality as they create their vibrant environments in high-tech computers. The effect imbues Racer with the depth and dramatic significance of a screen saver.
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Racing through the final years of Doris's troubled life in typically episodic biopic fashion, the teleplay introduces us to an aging but still feisty woman who doesn't suffer fools gladly and manages her sprawling estate and her finances with an iron fist. When a butler delivers cantaloupe that is chilled incorrectly, Doris fires him on the spot.
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Pushed back and up for almost a year now, Woodcock comes from a lineage of productions so misguided that studios eventually release them just to wash their hands of them. Originally slated for a late spring/early summer release, the film was tossed back to November to allow for re-shoots and new edits. Ultimately none of it mattered and they pushed it back up to September. The fact that Wedding Crashers ace David Dobkin was brought in for the aforementioned re-shoots makes the absence of even the lightest chuckle even more profound.
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Elah is set in late 2004, when previously pro-war segments of the population started seeing cracks in the official flag-waving rhetoric, and ugly rumors started flying about what was actually going on Over There. Haggis' hard-boiled script -- closely based on Mark Boal's harsh, eye-opening article, "Death and Dishonor," published in Playboy in 2004 -- takes the form not of a war film but of a mystery, hiding its disquieting revelations in a familiar structure. Retired military policeman Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) finds out that his son Mike (Jonathan Tucker, from Haggis' short-lived TV show The Black Donnellys), currently serving in Iraq, went AWOL not long after coming home on R&R. Having already lost his other son to combat in Afghanistan, and convinced he's getting some sort of runaround from the army, Hank hops in his winded old pickup and heads to Mike's base looking for answers.
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Somewhere in all Turturro's chaos is a story about Nick Murder (James Gandolfini), a blue-collar schlub with a stolid wife, Kitty (Susan Sarandon), and a trio of slightly cracked daughters -- Constance, Baby, and Rosebud (Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, and Mandy Moore, respectively) -- who function partially as a junior set of Furies but are mostly there to bash out songs in the backyard as part of the three-piece bubblegum garage band they've formed. In short: Nick's a two-timing bastard who's stepping out on the wife with Tula (the previously mentioned Irish hussy), a fact Kitty doesn't take to overly well, and numerous friends and family get dragged into their scuffle and forcing everyone to occasionally bust out in song.
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The idea here is that our central characters (including all of the above, plus one guy who breaks his own hand so he can relive his Best Christmas Ever as he did as a kid in the E.R.) have problems. You know, New Yorker problems: Walker is a jealous cop (and Cruz is his flirtatious girlfriend), and Sarandon's geriatric mother is an a sort of dazed funk -- just staring at the walls, refusing to eat. Sarandon is the centerpiece of the film: She's a mopey creature who's faced endless disaster in her life (a stillborn baby, even), but she's trying to keep up appearances.
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The documentary is not a hysterical human rights diatribe (even though Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins are present in voiceovers). Peosay points out that Tibetan society was never Shangri-la. It was a highly stratified culture, with armies of peasants serving a fat aristocracy. What everyone shared, however, was a lifestyle built entirely around profound spiritualism. When the Chinese communists invaded to stake their claim to the massive Tibetan plateau in 1950 (Tibet had always considered itself independent of China but didn't have any particular international recognition of that fact), one of their claims was that they had arrived to redistribute land to the peasants, just as they had done in the rest of China. Unfortunately, the landowners were the clergy, and the Tibetan people wouldn't tolerate the abuse of the monks and lamas who served as their spiritual leaders. By 1959, a full crackdown was underway, and during the Cultural Revolution, more than 6,000 monasteries were destroyed. By the time of Mao's death in 1976, one in six Tibetans -- more than a million -- had died of starvation or met a violent end.
Continue reading: Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion Review
Turturro plays a dramatist, Tuccio, struggling to make his name in the Manhattan theater scene at the turn of the century. Tuccio uses the unexpected illness of an actor (played by Matthew Sussman) to convince the owners of a Manhattan theater to chance his play, Illuminata. Unfortunately, that is not only the movie's premise, but also most of the plot.
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Now I'm probably the last person in the world who ought to judge what makes for a good children's movie, but if you'd asked me that yesterday, I certainly wouldn't have said James and the Giant Peach. This is a story about a young boy, James (Paul Terry), whose parents are eaten by a spiritual rhinoceros. He is adopted by his cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes and AbFab's Joanna Lumley), who abuse him cruelly. Then an "old man" (Pete Postlethwaite) gives James some "alligator tongues" which he spills on a peach tree, creating the aforementioned giant peach. Inside this peach, where James hides to get away from his aunties, he finds a bunch of giant bugs: a Brooklyn centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), a cowardly earthworm (which is, by the way, not a bug--David Thewlis), a sultry spider (Susan Sarandon), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and sundry other insects.
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Joe Gould spends his days in Greenwich Village, making notes on the subject of humanity. He is compiling an oral history of mankind, a series of transcripts of conversations and essays on the nature of man. He does this by writing at every opportunity in composition books and by mooching off of rich Beatniks during the 50s in New York City. Amongst his supporters: painter Alice Neel (Susan Sarandon), E.E. Cummings, gallery owner Vivian Marquie (Patricia Clarkson) and publishing executive Charlie Duell (Steve Martin). These supporters frequently allow Joe Gould to stay at their homes, as well as contribute small sums of money to the Joe Gould fund.
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The story, however, still feels ahead of its time, with Sarandon's femme fatale narrating a tale of how she adopts one player at her local Durham Bulls minor league baseball franchise every year -- providing him with countless years of expertise about the game and essentially screwing him silly along the way. This season, it's "Nuke" LaLoosh (Robbins), a wild pitcher who could use same taming. Also on the case is catcher "Crash" Davis (Costner), whose life lessons also help him out on the field.
Continue reading: Bull Durham Review
Igby Goes Down tells the tale of one boy's rebellion against the 'old money' ways in which he was born. Igby Slocumb (Culkin) lives within a quirky family unit complete with a schizophrenic father (Bill Pullman) - whose last episode earned him a one-way ticket to the funny farm years back, a self-absorbed, Mommie Dearest of a mother (Susan Sarandon), and a repugnant Young Republican reptile of a brother (Ryan Phillippe). His constant attempts at searching out a better life away from his family's stifling dysfunction lead to a number of high school expulsions and an abnormal amount of prescription sedatives for his mother.
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How much is too much when it comes to Law? Before the female readers answer, consider this: The handsome Brit has his well-manicured hands in three current projects and will release three more films between now and year's end. Needless to say, your tolerance for Law's antics will determine how much you'll enjoy Alfie. Director Charles Shyer's mixed bag of tricks includes a continuous conversation through the imaginary fourth wall and a camera lens that's terrified to let Law wander too far out of frame.
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Strangely enough, Welles couldn't have been more prophetic.
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Cats & Dogs is ridiculous and harmless, a Mission: Impossible for the animal world. For years, a secret high-tech espionage war has been waged between the feline and canine races, right under the noses of ignorant humans. The spark of this high-tech war came about as the result of the dog race overthrowing the then-dominating cat race during ancient Egyptian times (they even ruled the human race). Man's best friend re-established the humans as the dominant race and has protected that balance for years. And a breakthrough for dogs is approaching, as one human, Professor Brody (Jeff Goldblum), is on the verge of discovering an allergy vaccine which will enable all humans and dogs to co-exist in peace. The only problem is that the diabolic Mr. Tinkle (voiced by Sean Hayes), a furry white Persian with the attitude of Richard Grant's character from Hudson Hawk, and his small army of pesky felines have "cat-knapped" the family dog Buddy, who has been guarding the Professor and his family from the tuna-breathed fiends. The bodyguard job then falls on the shoulders of a Beagle pup named Lou (voiced by Toby Maguire) -- who is mistaken as a secret agent dog by an Anatolian Shepard named Butch (voiced by Alec Baldwin).
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After a witty lead like that, at this point in the movie review, I usually launch into a brief plot synopsis. So here goes: A down-to-earth teenage girl hates her crazy mother.
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To start with, Grandpa Lou has gotten remarried (leading into, by the way, an excellent parody of The Godfather in the first scene) and all Chuckie wants is a mommy. Meanwhile, Stu Pickles gets a call from Paris demanding that he come to fix a giant mechanical Reptar (a wonderful running Godzilla/Pokemon spoof gag from the series) which he designed.
Continue reading: Rugrats In Paris: The Movie Review
As a 12-year-old daughter of a prostitute (Susan Sarandon) in 1917 New Orleans (when hooking was legal), Sheilds' Violet immediately becomes one of the most memorable characters in the last 30 years of cinema. But let's be honest, a lot of that is due to the unbridled eroticism of her role. She's not just often naked and carousing, she's pretty blase about it. This is a 12-year-old with about twice the world-weariness of Kramer vs. Kramer's Justin Henry.
Continue reading: Pretty Baby Review
With that said, Moonlight Mile is only half bad. Sure, it's weepy and sentimental and fails to take full advantage of an emotionally fertile premise. But as a story of loss, self-discovery and rebirth it succeeds as much as it fails. If this were baseball, Moonlight Mile would be batting .500, which is good. But this is the movies, so half bad means two and a half stars.
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Poncelet (a hybridized, fictional character), along with a friend, raped and murdered a teenage girl along with her boyfriend back in 1988. Poncelet was convicted and sentenced to death. His execution rapidly approaching, Poncelet struck out to find anyone who could help him file his appeals and requests for pardon hearings. Enter Helen Prejean and the beginning of Dead Man Walking.
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Celebrating 25 years of making high-schoolers giddy with its debauchery and high camp, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is back with a 25th Anniversary two-disc DVD edition, complete with deleted scenes, outtakes, interviews, and an audience participation track.
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This is a shame, because Sisters introduces unusual characters that deserve to be explored, starting with Suzette (Hawn), a former groupie and by-product of the "free love" era who refuses to admit times have changed. Fired from her bartending job at the famed Whisky A Go-Go, Suzette hits the road to Phoenix to rekindle her fizzled relationship with her former cohort, Lavinia "Vinnie" Kingsley (Sarandon), the other half of the infamous Banger Sisters. Along the way, Suzette picks up a neurotic screenwriter named Harry (Rush), who's on his way back to Arizona to murder his father.
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Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard are the quirky and dysfunctional parents of eight brothers (played by Robert Sean Leonard, Sean Astin, etc). Sarandon is always packing and repacking and threatening to move out of the house with humorous melodrama while Shepard has constant headaches and moments of psychosomatic blindness that are caused by stress. One of the brothers is in the military and the film takes place during the time of the Gulf War. All of the family converges from various parts of the globe in order to be together, in wait for news of their brother/son, who is missing.
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Snarky, 17-year-old, silver-spoon-raised Igby Slocumb has been booted out of every prestigious (and not-so-prestigious) prep school on the East Coast -- and one military academy too. A bored, intelligent, resourceful and willful screw-up, he's almost proud of this record, even though he'd be the first to admit it's a cry for attention.
With a blue-blooded, pill-popping, self-absorbed mother (the hilariously dry Susan Sarandon) dying of breast cancer at home; a materialistically hollow, young Republican brother (a perfectly cast Ryan Phillippe) shining at Columbia University; and an asylum-committed, schizophrenic father (Bill Pullman) who haunts all his childhood memories, Igby (Kieran Culkin) seems to be the only Slocumb sagacious enough to emerge a better person from his sad yet comically dysfunctional family.
So despite the title of this tart black comedy -- "Igby Goes Down" -- its young hero is determined to stay on his feet. He's grown a sardonic, wry sense of humor (if not a tough skin) and become an expert at running away from home. Now, having escaped the limousine taking him to yet another upscale boarding school, he's on the loose in Manhattan, having resolved to get by on his own (or at least with the help of his mother's American Express card), even if he's not entirely sure what that entails.
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Finding warmth, humor and uneasy comfort in the face of senseless tragedy, "Moonlight Mile" is a poignant movie about pain and loss that doesn't succumb to melodrama and cry-you-a-river, give-me-an-Oscar performances.
Described as "emotionally autobiographical" by writer-director Brad Silberling ("City of Angels") -- whose actress girlfriend was killed by a stalker in 1989 -- the film is about the apprehensive bond that forms between a young man and the parents of his fiancée, who is murdered in a diner just a few weeks before their wedding.
The story, which takes place in 1970s New England (gratuitous soundtrack warning), opens the morning of the funeral as fresh-from-college Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the childhood bedroom of his late bride-to-be and begins packing his suitcase. He's planned to leave that night, although he's not sure where he's going. But after the service, he spends the evening with her downhearted, acquiescent and ironic parents (Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon), who have resolved simply to go on with life as planned -- just as soon as Sarandon, fed up with a day of public grieving, tosses into the fireplace all the silly self-help books ("These Things Happen," "Grieving for Grown-Ups") given to them by concerned friends trying awkwardly to help.
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With any lesser actresses than Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman in the lead roles, the turbulent mother-daughter relationship at the center of "Anywhere But Here" might be little more than fodder for another Lifetime Channel movie -- especially with such a pathetic title.
In fact, I can't imagine what drew director Wayne Wang ("Smoke," "The Joy Luck Club") to what on paper must have looked like a rather prosaic project about a middle-aged woman, desperate for a fresh start, dragging her inimical teenager from Wisconsin to Los Angeles in the hopes of creating a fulfilling and glamorous new life.
But Wang's ability to extract vitality and depth from even the most obvious female roles (a hooker in his "Chinese Box" became a symbol of Hong Kong at the end of English rule) begets such effortlessly extraordinary performances from his stars that this seemingly pedestrian story will ring true for anyone who is now or has ever been a teenage girl embarrassed and imposed upon by her mother. (Frankly, there isn't much here for guys, I'm afraid.)
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A warmhearted semi-romance of self-discovery, "Shall We Dance" opens so promisingly that it's a big disappointment when the picture suffers crucial missteps that throw off its entire rhythm.
Richard Gere stars as a melancholy Chicago probate lawyer whose prosaic life (established in an uncommonly affecting voice-over and a perfectly pitched montage of daily routine) gets a secret, seductive pick-me-up when he discovers a passion for ballroom dancing. Riding home on the elevated train day after day, he becomes drawn to a possible kindred spirit, a beautiful stranger (Jennifer Lopez) who seems to be forever staring sadly out a dance-studio window. One day his intuition gets the better of him. He signs up for a dance class to be near her.
As Gere's ennui is only tenuously related to his marriage (to Susan Sarandon), the film does not go the obvious direction with this attraction. But director Peter Chelsom ("Serendipity") and screenwriter Audrey Wells ("Under the Tuscan Sun") find other ways to turn this remake of a mediocre 1997 Japanese film about cultural repression into a wholly Hollywood affair.
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Old groupies don't die, they just become SUV-driving, Donna Karan-wearing, what-would-the-neighbors-think soccer moms in Phoenix -- which is a fate worse than death if you ask the aging rock'n'roll sexpot played by Goldie Hawn in "The Banger Sisters."
Still a cute and curvy hardy partier decades after her backstage banging days were over, saucy, effervescence Suzette may be a free spirit, but she's also flat broke. Freshly fired from a perfect-fit bartending gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in L.A. (for no given reason except to set the plot in motion), she's decides on a whim to hunt down her best groupie-days girlfriend -- who she's heard is now a rich lawyer's wife -- hoping to relive old times and maybe borrow some money.
But it's been 20 years since Suzette has seen Vinnie (Susan Sarandon) -- who now prefers her given name, Lavinia, and has become a micromanaging Martha Stewart type with teenage daughters (Erica Christensen and Sarandon offspring Eva Amurri) that think she's the most uptight square on Earth.
Continue reading: The Banger Sisters Review
Why do so many boy-and-his-dog type kiddie movies have a scene at the end in which it looks as if hero hound has died, only to have the critter spring back to life after half the kids in the audience have started crying?
Do moviemakers get some kind of twisted kick out of messing with the wee ones' heads?
No doubt it doesn't do any permanent damage, but this complaint occurred to me during just such a scene at the end of "Cats and Dogs," a fairly formulaic CGI-enhanced live-action adventure of slowly diminishing fun about a secret, millennia-long feline-canine war to take over the world.
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RT @ballotpedia: U.S. Senate seats up: 35 U.S. House seats up: 435 State legislative seats up: 6,070 Make sense of the thousands of off…
RT @Nicole_Cliffe: i'm not engaging with Piers Morgan but imagine being so insecure that you think a man carrying his own child in public i…
“A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military” https://t.co/42rW5yCk1m
I’m so proud of, @SoufraFilm, which tells the story of Mariam (far right below) as she develops a thriving business… https://t.co/8GSaneairs
RT @funder: Today is the 159th day Trump is at one of his golf properties. There are people with no food or water in Florida and he’s golfi…
RT @adamjohnsonNYC: parlaying the Khashoggi episode to pulling US support for Saudi bombing of Yemen is excactly the correct response and e…
RT @nancyleong: Nope. This is not how we determine whether a sexual relationship is an abuse of power. Not even close. https://t.co/dEUB8fZ…
RT @NiallStanage: This young man, his brother and his mother faced deportation after their application for asylum was denied. So his classm…
RT @AndrewRamosTV: NEW: Surveillance footage proves white woman who called 911 on a young black child claiming he groped her - was wrong @P…
RT @shaunking: Maybe you saw this video earlier this week of this white woman, Teresa Sue Klein, also called Cornerstore Caroline, making a…
Today I'm sending so much love to all my friends in Brazil. Praying that the runoff election will bring change. Als… https://t.co/LLLHrAY0kY
RT @billyeichner: How any serious journalist or news outlet could cover this Kanye West nonsense instead of climate change, voter suppressi…
RT @ggreenwald: The people standing up now to melodramatically and boldly sever their ties with the Saudi regime are, in fact, making clear…
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