She looks like a porcelain goddess… Continue ReadingRead More »
If there’s anything PITCH PERFECT taught us, it’s that being the new kid at Barden University can have its very specific set of challenges. For Barden Bellas’ legacy Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld), however, college will be less about fitting in and more about finding her strong voice in the already existing a cappella group whose co-leader Chloe (Brittany Snow) is reticent to use her voice in the real world.Read More »
PITCH PERFECT 2
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
Written by: Kay Cannon (screenplay), Mickey Rapkin (characters)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal, Hana Mae Lee, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Chrissie Fit, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Flula Borg, John Michael Higgins
They’ve gotten the band back together for PITCH PERFECT 2 and boy does it sing – well, mostly. Continue ReadingRead More »
IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER (L’HOMME QU’ON AIMAIT TROP)
Directed by: André Téchiné
Written by: André Téchiné, Cédric Anger, Jean-Charles Le Roux (screenplay), Jean-Charles Le Roux and Renée Le Roux (book)
Starring: Guillaume Cane, Catherine Deneuve, Adèle Haenel, Jean Corso
There are very few true-crime films that tend to switch genres two-thirds of the way in. Yet here we are with co-writer/ director André Téchine’s IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER. What begins as a fairly straight-forward and nuanced true-crime picture jarringly switches to a sub-standard courtroom drama in the third act. Feeling more in line with a blasé made-for-TV-movie, the film coasts mostly on the strength of the stellar ensemble’s performances and Nice’s gorgeous scenery. It’s just too bad that better material, and an auteur’s eye, wasn’t afforded to them. Continue ReadingRead More »
In PITCH PERFECT, we were introduced to The Treblemakers – a.k.a. Barden University’s “bad boys of a cappella.” While the Bellas took the men down a few pegs, winning the championships, the guy group continues to sing a beautiful melody in the highly anticipated sequel, PITCH PERFECT 2. This time around, Jesse plays a supportive backer of Beca’s dreams for success in the music industry. His roomie Benji, however, experiences the greatest change, falling in love with freshman/ Bella legacy Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld).
At the film’s recent Los Angeles press conference, the talented duo opened up about missing scenes, the missing takes that made them break character and what starring in a female-driven comedy means to them. Continue ReadingRead More »
In director Bertrand Bonello’s SAINT LAURENT, he spins convention on its head by spotlighting fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s most creative fertile years. Not structured at all like a traditional biopic, the film looks at the iconic pioneer’s loves, objects d’ arte and inner demons. Gaspard Ulliel gives a riveting and transformative performance in the role of the titular tortured genius.
At the film’s recent Los Angeles press day, I spoke with the talented auteur about everything from why he chose Ulliel to play Yves, to the brand’s involvement in the film, to the designer’s legacy. Continue ReadingRead More »
Actress Rebel Wilson has established herself as quite the comedic force of nature thanks to her hilarious turns in BRIDESMAIDS, BACHELORETTE and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3. She returns to “pitch-perfect” form in the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s most surprising and biggest hits, PITCH PERFECT. PITCH PERFECT 2 continues to follow the ongoing saga of the a cappella group, the Barden Bellas. They’ve gotten themselves into a pickle after Wilson’s character, Fat Amy, accidentally exposed herself to the President at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing shame upon the university. As the beloved crew prepare for the world championships in Denmark to regain their dignity and status at the university, Amy is also struggling with her feelings towards Bumper (Adam Devine).
At the film’s recent Los Angeles press conference, the affable actress shared that she hasn’t always been such a confident spirit and that she had to work to get over her fear of heights. Plus, she offered a fun fact about her make-out scene with Devine. Continue ReadingRead More »
More often than not, movie sequels are the bigger, badder and bolder incarnation of their predecessor. In the case of PITCH PERFECT 2, the same can be said – and, well, it got more German. Since the original was a breakout hit in Germany, filmmakers thought it would be a neat idea to have the sequel’s villains be German. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (who isn’t German in real life) plays “Kommissar,” leader of the Barden Bellas’ killer a cappella rivals, Das Sound Machine, and YouTube sensation Flula Borg (who is German in real life) plays her dastardly henchman, “Pieter Krämer.” As it turns out, our beloved Bellas will have their work cut out for them, defeating their competition at the international championships.
At the film’s recent Los Angeles press conference, the dynamic duo spoke about everything from their physical training, to what scene proved the most challenging to shoot, to what ad-libs didn’t make the cut. Continue ReadingRead More »
Safe to say, director Brad Bird is fairly familiar creating projects with high amounts of mystery attached. From Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, his films have all been held under a cloud of secrecy until they were released to the masses. Co-writer Damon Lindelof is also no stranger to this feeling, having worked on LOST and PROMETHEUS. So you can imagine the gates surrounding their latest collaboration, Disney’s TOMORROWLAND, are strong and iron clad. The family friendly sci-fi/ adventure involves a former boy-genius-turned-disillusioned-curmudgeon (George Clooney), a super smart and sassy optimist (Britt Robertson), a mysterious young girl (Raffey Cassidy) and a magical pin that transports the designated pin receiver to the futuristic and wonder-filled titular world.
At the film’s Los Angeles press conference, the cast and crew shared with us a few fun facts about the making of the film. So without further ado, here are seven spoiler-free fun facts to amaze and astound your friends! Continue ReadingRead More »