LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Martin Scorsese is to executive produce "Tomorrow," the directorial debut of Martha Pinson, his long-time script consultant.
Ask Sam Katz where he was born, and he will say "West Philly." Had the municipal finance expert been born Catholic instead of Jewish, however, he would likely reply, "St. Francis DeSales," the parish that bounded his first boyhood home.
Sure, people are watching movies on tablets and smartphones, on their couches, streaming video on demand. But maybe there's another reason box office is down dramatically (summer biz dropped 25 percent from the same period in 2013). Call it the Dys Factor, as in dystopian post-apocalyptic young-adult sci-fi, as in dysfunctional family comedies, as in you're showing me dys movie - again?
OPENINGS TO LOOK FOR By Steven Rea The Boxtrolls Cutely creepy subterranean critters prowl and plunder the quaint town of Cheesebridge in this stop-motion animated feature from the folks behind Coraline and Paranorman. Lots of British accents, lots of running amok. PG-13
For any indie filmmaker in these parlous times, loving a challenge is an almost requisite trait. Financing production, marketing the movie, finding distribution avenues - all onerous steps in an often-lonely process. But Rob Williams, like a growing number of auteurs who work in LGBTQ leitmotifs, sees a potentially significant audience at the end of the struggle.
The Drop Tense, evocative neo-noir, expanded from a Dennis Lehane short story, with Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barkeep and Noomi Rapace as the woman who walks into his life - and into a mess of trouble, when the bar is robbed by masked gunmen. With James Gandolfini, in his swan-song role. A pit-bull pup figures prominently. R
Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda lead an ensemble cast in the dysfunctional family comedy "This is Where I Leave You."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox and Marvel have slotted "Deadpool," their long-in-development "X-Men" spin-off, for Feb. 12, 2016.
Bryan Cranston is in talks to reunite with his Contagion co-star Matt Damon in Chinese director Zhang Yimou's new movie, The Great Wall.
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