FROM Devin Faraci
Friday Film: 'Star Wars' Madness and More Star Wars is the Death Star of film this week, annihilating news of all other movies. But we’re going to change that in this week’s Friday film segment, where we round up several new releases! What other movies are brave enough to go up against the Star Wars juggernaut at this weekend’s box office?
Film Roundup Men who can’t relate to their children, children who don’t want to grow up, grown-ups making childish decisions, and children getting stuck in a B horror movies with their dead mothers. It’s time for the Friday film roundup.
Movies Our Friday round-up of movies finds a strange mix of choices. A new movie, based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, delivers a similar setup to one of his more famous works, “The Notebook.” It’s called The Longest Ride. It’s a love story divided between the present and the 1940’s. There’s also the directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling, called “Lost River.” It’s an indie film about a single mother, played by Christina Hendricks, who runs up against the criminal underworld, while her son discovers a secret underwater town. And the best reviewed film of the bunch is “Ex Machina,” an intelligent sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence, from the writer of 28 Days Later.
Pierce Brosnan, Found Footage, and Retelling Exodus In our weekly rundown of film and industry news: November Man is a spy thriller that sports a lot of shots of Pierce Brosnan walking slowly away from exploding cars. Horror/suspense movie As Above, So Below is a “found footage” flick that takes place in the Parisian catacombs. Also out this weekend, Starred Up takes place in a British prison. And we can all look forward to a new Ridley Scott epic that re-tells the Biblical book of Exodus.
Comic Con Blues The San Diego Comic Con is underway! That’s great news for many geeks making their annual pilgrimage. But to other veteran comic fans, the event has given-in to crass commercialism. image: Comic Con 2014 by Pat Loika
Boyhood, Baywatch, and Bonobos Well it was a dismal Fourth of July weekend at the box office: the worst in over a decade. But there are some pretty big movies coming out this weekend. We won’t call it a comeback… yet. But we WILL tell you everything you need to know about film for the weekend.
Remembering H.R. Giger If you had the wits scared out of you by the Alien movies, you have H.R. Giger to thank. He designed and created the Alien. Giger died today at the age of 74 in his native Switzerland. As one Twitterer perfectly summed it up: Giger “beautifully articulated our nightmares.”
Vampires, Football and Cartoon Birds The newest releases out this week include Only Lovers Left Alive, a film about vampire ennui by auteur Jim Jarmusch; Draft Day, a business-of-football feel-good flick; and Rio 2, an animated romp through the Amazon. Our critics pick the movies apart and then give us a sneak peek of the latest in the Expendables franchise.
Goodbye, Harold Ramis The film world lost one of it’s comedy trailblazers today. Harold Ramis was the man behind so many HUGE -- now iconic -- movies, from Groundhog Day to Caddyshack, Animal House, Analyze This, and (of course) Ghostbusters. We look back on his life and work.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.