Slated for release next month, THE INTERN is a breezy comedy centered on the relationship between the frazzled founder of a fashion website start-up and her newly hired intern, a retired widower easily twice her age, who becomes best pal and unexpected support system.
A ‘rom-com’ sans the ‘rom’, THE INTERN concentrates on the possibilities of platonic friendship and is a candy-coated valentine to those of the baby-boomer generation.
Written and directed by NANCY MEYERS, the film is headlined by ANNE HATHAWAY (a welcome return to comedy) and ROBERT DeNIRO, in what is arguably his best comic performance since MIDNIGHT RUN.
During a Manhattan press conference this past weekend to promote the film, ANNE HATHAWAY was especially vocal in her praise of NANCY MEYERS. Despite (or maybe because of) this being their first collaboration, HATHAWAY was profuse in her praise of MEYERS. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Airing on Monday nights on MTV, TODRICK is a new reality series that centers on YouTube superstar TODRICK HALL as he and his cadre of performing friends hustle to produce, choreograph and deliver a weekly music video. Despite tiny budgets and even tinier time constraints, HALL never ceases to amaze with his first-rate satiric musical swipes at the pop culture zeitgeist of the day.
Another of several YouTube ‘content creators’ (DON’T call them ‘YouTubers’) looking to explore other delivery platforms, TODRICK counts his subscribers in the millions and hopes the loyal will follow him to MTV (just as they followed last year when HALL and his crew mounted a successful cross-country concert tour).
A self-confessed ‘Broadway kid’ with several years stage experience, HALL recently addressed reporters at a TCA press conference to promote the show and talked about what he hopes TODRICK will ultimately accomplish. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
All of show biz is mourning the news of the passing of writer/director/producer WES CRAVEN, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 76. The man behind some of the most successful contemporary horror franchises in film history, CRAVEN left his mark in the history books beginning with the shockingly exploitive LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (which was released in theaters exactly 43 years ago today on 8/30/72) through such landmark series as THE HILLS HAVE EYES, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM.
A former university professor, CRAVEN left the world of academia for a job directing theatrical porn (using pseudonyms) before moving on to more ‘acceptable’ work.
The undisputed king of the horror game, CRAVEN worked outside of the genre a few times (MUSIC OF THE HEART, PARIS, J’TAIME) but always returned to the material he felt most comfortable with.
Over the years, we sat down with WES CRAVEN many times but it was during an interview in 1990 that he confided that, even though he wanted to try other things, horror films allowed him the elasticity to do almost anything. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Whether it’s his Oscar nominated work in Revolution Road or his scene stealing performance as General Zod in Man of Steel, Michael Shannon is definitely a forced to be reckoned with. That “force” is in full form in 99 Homes, which has Shannon playing an unscrupulous, Florida real estate magnate named Rick Carver. Andrew Garfield is Dennis Nash, a single dad and recently evicted home owner who gets seduced by Carver’s shady and highly lucrative business dealings.
Though the movie touches on the mortgage crisis and its effects on hard working families, 99 Homesisn’t a preachy social drama. Instead, the feature uses this intriguing subject as the backdrop for a propulsive thriller which centers on the battle of wills between Carver and Nash.
In the clip below, Michael Shannon talks about following the lead of director Ramin Bahrani in crafting his colorful and intimidating character from 99 Homes.
99 Homesopens September 25. To check out Andrew Garfield’s thoughts on making the film and why he is a fan of “instability,” go to Find Your Seen.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) focuses on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in the documentary He Named Me Malala. Severely wounded after being shot in the head while heading home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala was just 15 during this life shaping incident. Singled out for advocating the importance of education for girls, Malala survived the attack and continues to promote this universal cause as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
The movie documents Malala’s journey into worldwide prominence while also giving an inside look at her daily life. Whether it’s giving rousing speeches at the UN and inspiring millions or seeking the comforts of home, Malala is an inspiring individual whose voice continues to resonate on an international level.
He Named Me Malalaopens October 2 in select theaters via Fox Searchlight. Check out the trailer and tell us if you got a bit misty-eyed watching the preview of Malala’s story!