I am fascinated by Adam Sandler’s career. More specifically, I’m fascinated by Sandler when he decides to challenge himself with more “serious” roles, or at least work with directors that aren’t Dennis Dugan. Sandler has two movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The first is Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women and Children,’ in which Sandler gives what is the most understated performance of his career. The second is Thomas McCarthy’s ‘The Cobbler,’ which is bone-headedly awful.
There are some movies that feel personal because of the relationship the writer, director or actors have to the material. 'Chef' -- written, directed and starring Jon Favreau -- doesn't just feel personal, it feels like it's ripped directly from the pages of Favreau's subconscious diary. While it's a charming enough indie film about the connection between professional and personal passions that also serves as a fascinating look inside the psychology of a major Hollywood director.
Mid-90's Dustin Hoffman-Morgan Freeman virus thriller 'Outbreak' may have inspired the 'Friends' classic gag 'Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan,' but seventeen years later, the joke is all-too-real. NBC has officially begun development of an 'Outbreak' TV series based on the 1995 thriller of the same name, as written by the former team behind 'E.R.' Quick, someone call Crystal the monkey!
Anyone paying attention to HBO over the last year or so will likely remember the controversy surrounding Michael Mann's acclaimed horse-racing drama 'Luck,' which the network cancelled after controversy surrounding a third horse's death associated with production. Both animal rights activists and the creative side have argued quite a bit about differing reports of cruelty to the animals, but now it seems one writer has taken it on himself to skirt the drama by continuing 'Luck' as a blog! Check out 'Luck's surprising revival inside!
Near of a year ago, HBO fans were stunned to learn that despite the critical acclaim of Dustin Hoffman's horse-racing drama 'Luck,' persistent animal cruelty complaints and a third horse's death led to the network shutting down production shortly after beginning a second season. Now, following series star Dustin Hoffman's accusations against PETA and TMZ of misrepresenting conditions, the animal rights movement has issued its own response to the star. Get the latest on the 'Luck' controversy inside!
We saw the trailer for Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut 'Quartet' a little over a month ago, but things have been quiet since, odd for a film that may have a chance at a little gold this award season. That changes today with the arrival of the film's official poster, which may be the first poster in decades to feature Maggie Smith front and center.
How has Dustin Hoffman not directed a movie until now? The 75 year old two-time Oscar winner is a genuine living legend and one of the best actors of all time, so why he chose to wait until his twilight years to step behind the camera is beyond us. Anyway, his directorial debut is little movie called 'Quartet' and it definitely looks like a potential crowd-pleaser.
Wow, can't say we saw that one coming down the track. It seems HBO's 'Luck' has officially run out, and the third time was the charm. Perhaps there were too many lucky horseshoes on the set, and they all cancelled one another out. Just one day after yet a third horse died during production of HBO's equine-racing drama 'Luck,' the network has decided to pull the plug on production of the series permanently.
We don't want to say the cast and crew behind HBO's thoroughbred racing drama 'Luck' are beating a dead horse with this latest news, but, well...that's precisely what they're doing. The production claimed the life of yet a third horse, prompting further calls and outrage from American humane societies who demand production of the series be suspended.