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A striking cinematic portrayal of sex addiction hit screens two years in the form of Steve McQueen's Shame. McQueen's searing film is unrelenting to the point where it drowns us in the misery of its central character, but at least there's honesty at the core of the picture. Director Stuart Blumberg attempts a somewhat lighter tone with Thanks for Sharing, and while that's not necessarily problematic, he goes about it such a superficial, ham-fisted way as to undermine almost all of the drama. Putting aside the efficacy of "Anonymous" groups like Sexaholics Anonymous, two-thirds of the movie plays out like a PSA ad but with real actors struggling to sell the horrendous and preachy dialogue. Blumberg and co-writer Matt Winston's script struggles to be anything more than a cheap attempt at easy drama as it prays on addiction rather than making an earnest try at conveying it. Neil (Josh Gad) is a sexaholic, who's new to a support group. His sponsor Adam (Mark Ruffalo) has been sober for five years, and Adam's sponsor Mike (Tim Robbins) has been sober for fifteen years. The movie lays out the parameters of sex addiction by explaining that it's about restraint rather than complete abstinence. Adam feels like he's ready to try a romantic relationship, and quickly strikes one up with Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow). Neil struggles to even begin the program, but after he loses his job for trying to record a video looking up his boss' skirt, he starts to take recovery seriously. Meanwhile, ...
After rumors and reports of various actors circling roles in David Fincher's upcoming adaptation Gone Girl, the director has set his cast. It includes Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man's wife and the resulting investigation that follows. The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, but not Neil Patrick Harris as was previously rumored. The Gillian Flynn novel adaptation is scheduled to shoot this fall. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Fincher has set his Gone Girl cast. Affleck and Pike will star as the husband-and-wife pairing of Nick and Amy Dunne. Perry will play "Tanner Bolt, the attorney who reps Affleck’s character after his wife disappears ... Dickens and Fugit will play detectives who investigate the mystery in Gone Girl, while Coon will play Affleck’s character’s twin sister," Margo. Here's the book's synopsis (via Amazon): On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series ...
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer and poster for Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film tells the story of a man who decides to buy and run a zoo with his family following the death of his wife. The cast includes Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Thomas Haden Church, J.B. Smoove (Date Night) and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man). The trailer starts off strong enough but right about the time a Damon voiceover explains "You don't need any sort of special knowledge to run a zoo, just a lot of heart" it loses me. I'm no expert, but I'd like to think running a zoo does require some sort of special knowledge. On the bright side, the film looks to have plenty of heartwarming moments and Church's work seems to be as strong as ever. We Bought a Zoo opens December 23. Check out the trailer and poster after the jump. Click over to Apple to watch the trailer in HD: Here's the poster and official synopsis for We Bought a Zoo [click to enlarge]: This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the ...
When Wendell Pierce was cast as a journeyman jazz musician in Treme, he immediately started taking trombone lessons. As Pierce told The Grio, "I didn't want to look like an actor who knows absolutely nothing about music." I'll be Pierce is thumbing through his phone book for a guitar teacher as we speak, because the actor has just signed on to play B.B. King in the biopic B.B. King and I. Michael Zanetis co-wrote the screenplay based on his experience as a drummer who travels from the Heartland to Hollywood to pursue his musical dreams. Zanetis met King at a 1980 concert and struck up a lifelong friendship. Patrick Fugit (Cirque du Freak) will play the fictional Zanetis. Michael Schroder (Man in the Chair) is on board to direct. King Size Film has scheduled the independent production to begin September 1 with a Spring 2012 release in mind. More after the jump: Zanetis, who will also produce B.B. King and I, gushed to Variety: "We are thrilled that Wendell has come aboard. We're fortunate to have an actor of his caliber and reputation for dedication to his craft, portraying one of America's most beloved icons. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of Mr. King receiving his Star and his 86th birthday, so we feel the time is right to bring our tribute to him to the big screen." The big 21/86?! It is time. You can't watch five seasons of The Wire then 1+ seasons of Treme and not ...
Here’s something I never thought I’d say: Cameron Crowe is on twitter. The writer/director now has a twitter account, and today released the first images from his new film We Bought a Zoo. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film tells the story of a man who decides to buy and run a zoo with his family following the death of his wife. The cast includes Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), J.B. Smoove (Date Night) and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man). The images give us our first look at Johansson and Fugit, as well as a nice snapshot of Damon’s character and his family (complete with his wife, played by Stephanie Szostak). We got our first peek at Damon in character back in January via some rather uninteresting set photos. Crowe is simultaneously releasing his Elton John/Leon Russell documentary, tweaking his Pearl Jam documentary Pearl Jam 20, and starting post-production on Zoo. Hit the jump to check out the images. We Bought a Zoo hits theaters December 23rd. Here are the images via Crowe’s twitter:
HBO has dominated the TV movie for ages. The network has won the last 7 Emmys for Outstanding Made for TV Movie, not to mention 16 of the last 19. But it's not the sexiest format, so HBO's efforts do a much better job at boosting the Emmy total than my actual interest in the network, no matter how solid Temple Grandin was. Yet something about Cinema Verite stands out. The cast is teriffic, featuring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini, Patrick Fugit -- but that's not it. HBO telepics always have great casts. I'm drawn in by the story, a look behind the scenes of the 1973 documentary An American Family, which chronicled the lives of the Loud family and effectively birthed the reality TV genre. The first teaser trailer, which makes excellent use of "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas, does not disappoint. Watch it after the jump. Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (The Nanny Diaries), Cinema Verite premieres on April 23. CINEMA VERITE tells the behind-the-scenes story of the groundbreaking documentary An American Family, which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to notoriety while creating a new television genre: the reality TV series... An American Family was a total departure from the television shows of the time when it aired in 1973, and brought public scrutiny to a family unprepared for the consequences. It put ...