We can picture a young John Wells, staring merrily out of a classroom window in grade school, dreaming of his future in show business. "Someday," he said, "I'm going to make a movie. And it's going to have Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a Star Trek villain, and the guy who shot Kevin Spacey." We realize that there might be some anachronisms in there, but we'll chalk it up to clairvoyance on the boy Wells' part. After all, he was right. August: Osage County is only the director's second feature film, and he has amounted an ensemble cast that would make Garry Marshall revert to the behaviors of a Tex Avery cartoon wolf.
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From the looks of the new trailer, the family drama might seem like surprisingly weightless material to amount such a stellar troupe, which alongside Roberts, Streep, Ewan McGregor (the Kenobi), Benedict Cumberbatch (the Trek baddie), and Chris Cooper (the Spacey killer — American Beauty), also includes Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, and Abigail Breslin. But the play on which the film is based (playwright Tracy Letts is also handling the film adaptation's script) has earned a great deal of positive attention from rave reviews and a handful of award wins. Plus, this might turn out to be one of those simple dramas whose performances alone make it unforgettable.
Check out the trailer, and catch August: Osage County in theaters Jan. 2, 2014 (sure, the release date isn't a great sign, but not all movies that come out in January are bad).
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lopez is in talks to star in the remake of romantic comedy Overboard. Will Smith's Overbrook is producing the redo for Columbia.
The 1987 original starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn and was directed by Garry Marshall. The film centers on a wealthy, snobbish woman who hires a local carpenter to do some work on her yacht. When she falls overboard and suffers amnesia, the carpenter takes her home and makes her believe she’s his wife and mother to his three kids.
Adam Cooper and Bill Collage worked on the current script, as did Leslie Dixon.
Smith is producing with James Lassiter.
Lopez, who hasn't appeared in a movie since 2006's El Cantante, next stars in The Back-up Plan, which opens April 23.
The Pretty Woman filmmaker landed a star-studded line-up for his latest release, including Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper.
Marshall admits onscreen chemistry between the actors was key to the casting, but he was sure Hathaway would hit it off with Grace immediately - because she's harboured feelings for the former TV star for years.
He says, "Julia Roberts... Bradley Cooper, she did a play (Three Days of Rain) on Broadway with him, 98 performances, they must have gotten along! We matched up.
"Anne Hathaway, she told me (about) this actor she once had a crush on - we hired him, Topher Grace; they kissed very well."
The director and star's fourth collaboration, which stars DiCaprio as a U.S. marshal investigating the disappearance of a patient at an insane asylum, is the best opening for the pair yet.
Their last Oscar-winning film, The Departed, debuted at $26.9 million (GBP16.8 million) in 2006. They previously worked together on Gangs of New York and The Aviator.
Meanwhile, star-studded romantic comedy Valentine's Day slipped to number two, with takings of $17.2 million (GBP10.8 million). The Garry Marshall film, which stars Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper, now boasts a 10-day total of $87.4 million (GBP54.6 million).
James Cameron's Avatar remains strong at three with $16.1 million (GBP10.1 million) - two months after its debut. The
The sci-fi sensation's record-breaking U.S. total tallies in at $687.8 million (GBP429.9 million). Worldwide, the film has taken in $2.47 billion.
Rounding out the top five are Pierce Brosnan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Benicio Del Toro's The Wolfman, with total earnings of $15.3 million (GBP9.6 million) and $9.8 million (GBP6.1 million) respectively.
The director landed a stellar cast, including Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Garner, for the romantic comedy which topped the U.S. box office over the weekend (12-14Feb10).
He was wary of employing actors for crowd scenes who might have been overwhelmed by the starry cast - so he hit upon a novel solution.
Marshall says, "I've had a lot of relatives who were involved. Part of my thing is when you work with these stars, you have to make them comfortable. You surround them with people you can rely on.
"Bradley and Julia sat on that plane and seated next to them was my grandchild who won't say a word. She won't grab Julia and say, 'Give me an autograph.' She'll sit quietly. So we put family members, besides Diane, who is my assistant, and her husband sat behind them and didn't say a word. And with Ashton, my daughter was the other clerk with him, so he's comfortable."
The actor heads up an all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway and Bradley Cooper, and was delighted when they were all handed personal stainless steel water bottles to use during their time filming the movie.
And the cast and crew's green credentials didn't end there - bosses also commissioned reusable sets, as well as biodegradable plates and utensils.
Kutcher says, "We had a green set, so there was a lot of dedication and hard work that went on in this movie to using solar panels and clean energy and recycling.
"Due to the fact that the movie was shot in Los Angeles actually made that an easier thing to make happen. In some ways it worked out, and in some ways it didn't, but I think every opportunity we have in our industry to make what we're doing a more environmentally conscious effort is a good thing. So supporting a movie that was made that way, I think, can contribute to that."
Director Garry Marshall adds, "There are a lot of things wrong with our environment, so to go green seemed to me to be a very good thing. It's not that big an effort. If we could do it, others can do it."
Cupid struck on St. Valentine's Day weekend (12-14Feb10) as millions flocked to watch the romantic comedy, which stars Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper, among others.
The box office figures are expected to swell by the end of Monday (15Feb10) as U.S. film fans take advantage of the Presidents Day holiday and three-day weekend.
Valentine's Day has already smashed the previous Presidents Day weekend record of $52 million (£32.5 million) set by Ghost Rider in 2007.
Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief enters at two with $31.1 million (£19.44 million), while Benicio Del Toro's The Wolfman grossed $30.6 million (£19.23 million) in its opening weekend to claim third place.
James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster Avatar remains strong at four and last week's (05-07Feb10) number one movie, Dear John, rounds out the top five in fifth position.
The actress is part of a star-studded cast in the new Garry Marshall romantic comedy, which includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper.
And one particular day of filming left Biel buzzing around on set.
She says, "We shot both scenes on the same day. So in the morning I ate about 10 doughnuts; in the afternoon I ate about 18 or 20 chocolates. I was on a sugar high for days, it was crazy!"
Though Garry Marshall hasn’t made a decent flick since 1990’s Pretty Woman he still apparently wields a not inconsiderable amount of clout in Hollywood. What else could explain the all-star ensemble of actors who gathered for Valentine’s Day? Among the major names found probing the turgid depths of the nearly 80-year-old director’s insipid rom-com are Julia Roberts Anne Hathaway Ashton Kutcher Jessica Alba Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel Taylor Lautner and various other prominent actors who either owe favors to Marshall or whose incriminating photos he holds in his possession.
A slice-of-life tale unfolding in Los Angeles over the course of a single Valentine’s Day the film chronicles the romantic adventures of a diverse cast of characters at various stages of relationships and encompassing virtually every conceivable demographic category. Their ages backgrounds and perspectives often dramatically differ but they each share one trait in common: Almost without exception they are all ceaselessly painfully disastrously unfunny.
Some temper their dishumor with a dose of the annoying like Kutcher whose dopey florist Marshall unwisely chose to anchor Valentine’s Day’s story around. Others add a dash of the preposterous like Roberts dressed in military fatigues in a laughable attempt to play a U.S. Army Captain on leave from the front. Still others add cloying sentiment to the mix like Bryce Robinson’s lovelorn 10-year-old whose grandparents played by Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo ply him with nostalgic romantic tips pre-fabricated for maximum inter-generational cuteness. Whatever your preferred method of cinematic torture may be you’ll undoubtedly encounter it in this film.
In addition to challenging the pain threshold Valentine’s Day offers a test of endurance as well its story requiring over two hours to satisfy the narrative demands of its swollen cast. If you didn’t despise Hallmark’s ersatz holiday before you certainly will after enduring this Bataan Death March of rom-coms.
Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts and Patrick Dempsey will star in the film, which focuses on five Los Angeles-based stories that intersect on Valentine’s Day.
Foxx will play a sports reporter and Latifah will portray an agent for Dempsey's Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Roberts' niece Emma also has a role in the film, as do Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher.