In the aftermath of last year’s holiday dud The Guilt Trip, it’s difficult imagining a time when Barbra Streisand’s name was synonymous with major box office. But during the late ‘60s and ‘70s, Streisand starred in a string of massive movie hits, including Funny Girl, What’s Up, Doc? and A Star Is Born, all three of which would be considered the equivalents of a modern-day, $300 million-plus grosser after adjusting their ticket sales for inflation. (Quick, name the last time a female-starring romantic comedy or drama earned anything close to that amount, Mses. Bullock, McAdams and Witherspoon). Of course, we all know money doesn’t equal quality and, taken out of the context of its ‘70s-era success, A Star Is Born certainly stands as proof that yesterday’s milky-smooth hit can be today’s cheese-crumbled miss. Hit the jump for our review of A Star Is Born on Blu-ray.
This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.
During a press conference to promote the film’s December 19th theatrical release, Seth Rogen talked about sussing his co-star out before filming, how he approached playing the role, how crazy his own mother drives him and cracking up on set, while Barbra Streisand talked about what ultimately convinced her to take this role, how she most identified with her character, how she feels about being labeled as a gay icon, what gives her the greatest artistic satisfaction, the most challenging scene, what she hopes audiences will take from the film, and which technologies she’d like to consider using, if and when she ever directs again. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
We’ve got two new clips to share with you from the mother of all road trip movies: The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Barbra Streisand (The Prince of Tides). Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) script centers on an L.A.-based inventor (Rogen) who takes his recently-widowed mother (Streisand) on the road with him for a business trip in which he hopes to sell his latest idea and help rekindle his mother’s love life. The Guilt Trip opens December 19th. Hit the jump to check out the clips.
Check out a slew of new release dates below:
- Zero Dark Thirty, from director Kathryn Bigelow and starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton, will now open in L.A. and New York on December 19th, with a wide release on January 11th, 2013.
- Ride Along, the cop-centered action comedy starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo, will open January 17th, 2014.
- The Guilt Trip, directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan as mother and son, now avoids Christmas crowds by opening almost a week earlier on December 19th, 2012.
- Stand Up Guys, from director Fisher Stevens and starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, has been pushed back to February 1st, 2013.
- Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight, now opens August 30th, 2013.
- Closed Circuit, the John Crowley thriller starring Rebecca Hall, Eric Bana and Jim Broadbent, now opens August 28th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each of these pictures.
The first trailer for the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released. The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. The trailer actually doesn’t look half-bad, with Rogen and Streisand showing off some promising chemistry. There are a few solid jokes, and I appreciate the sweet emotional backbone that grounds the story in lieu of just having Rogen and Streisand go on a road trip with “zany adventures.” Rogen’s familial situation isn’t uncommon (I can definitely relate), and it looks to be a nice foundation for the film’s story. In the event that your family isn’t keen on seeing Django Unchained this Christmas, The Guilt Trip doesn’t sound like a terrible compromise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Scott, and Danny Pudi. The Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.
The first poster for director Anne Fletcher’s (The Proposal) road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released. The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. Unbeknownst to her, Rogen plans on reuniting his mother with a long lost love. We saw the first clip from the film last week, and it looks like a rather promising family comedy. Rogen will appeal to younger moviegoers, while parents will be eager to check out the new movie from Babs. The trailer is set to debut tomorrow, so we’ll have a better idea of the pic’s tone then.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Adam Scott, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Danny Pudi, Dale Dickey, and Kathy Najimy. The Guilt Trip opens on Christmas Day.
Though we have yet to see a trailer for the film, the first clip from The Guilt Trip has been released. Written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), the comedy stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. Unbeknownst to her, Rogen plans on reuniting his mother with a long lost love. This clip features Rogen trying to convince his mother to accompany him on the 8-day road trip without giving away his true intentions. There’s not really enough footage here to judge the comedic pairing of Rogen and Streisand, but the clip definitely shows promise. Moreover, the supporting cast of Adam Scott, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, and Danny Pudi is encouraging.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film also stars Dale Dickey and Kathy Najimy. The Guilt Trip opens on Christmas Day.
The first image from the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly My Mother’s Curse) has landed online. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. The comedy boasts a script from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and also stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) and Danny Pudi (Community). This first image isn’t much, but I’m interested to see how the interaction between Rogen and Streisand plays out. Moreover, this will probably be the movie you see with your family on Christmas Day unless you have super cool parents/grandparents who are down with Django Unchained.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.
Barbra Streisand has directed as many feature films (Yentl, Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces) as she has concerts/documentaries, but now she aims to tip the scales by returning to the director’s chair for the epic love story, Skinny and Cat. Penned by Linda Yellen, Skinny and Cat tells of the true romance between author Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke White, a photojournalist. Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) are set to star in what will be Streisand’s first feature film in 16 years. Hit the jump for more on Skinny and Cat.
The feature film remake of the popular Broadway musical Gypsy is back on. Over a year ago we learned that Barbra Streisand was in talks to star in an update of the Tony Award-winning musical from Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, and today it was announced that producer Joel Silver has set Julian Fellowes to write the screenplay for the remake, with Streisand officially onboard to play Momma Rose. The musical is based on the memoirs of burlesque dancer Gypse Rose Lee and centers on Lee’s relationship with her mother, the OG “stage mom” prototype now prevalent in pop culture. Hit the jump for more on Fellowes and Gypsy.
Advance warning that the audio and video quality of this video is far from ideal. Nevertheless, I’m guessing that fans of the franchise are willing to sacrifice quality for what appears to be an ultra-rare outtake from the set of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. What you’ll find after the jump is a video of Barbra Streisand, Carrie Fisher, and The Empire Strikes Back‘s late director Irvin Kershner showing up to play a little practical joke on Harrison Ford during the scene in which Indy is being whipped by the Thuggee goon at Mola Ram’s temple.
The video is reportedly from Spielberg’s personal reels although there is no absolute confirmation on that front. Watch the video and read a rough transcription of it (yeah, it’s that low quality) after the jump.
Paramount Pictures has scheduled the road trip comedy My Mother’s Curse for release on March 30, 2012. Barbra Streisand star as a mother and son who, according to Variety, “embark on a road trip so the inventor son can sell his latest invention.” Previous reports indicate the script from Dan Fogelman (Tangled) reunite Streisand with a lost love. Paramount may have actually performed the mother’s curse on the last pre-Easter 2012 weekend — as of this writing, no other film is scheduled that Friday.
Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) will direct; Fogelman, Rogen, and Streisand are producing alongside Lorne Michaels (SNL), John Goldwyn (MacGruber), Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet), David Ellison (True Grit), Paul Schwake (Strange Wilderness), and Dana Goldberg (Yes Man). Rogen will next be heard March 18 as the titular alien in Paul, followed by Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26. Rogen holistically returns to theaters in 50/50, which opens September 30.
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have signed on to star in Paramount’s road-trip comedy My Mother’s Curse. Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) will direct the Dan Fogelman (Cars) script which pairs Rogen and the two-time Oscar-winner as mother and son. Per THR, Fogelman’s script tells the story of an inventor (Rogen) who “invites his mother on a cross-country road trip as he tries to sell his new product.” As the story goes, in the process, Streisand’s character is also reunited with a lost love.
In addition to starring and writing respectively, Rogen, Streisand, and Fogelman will act as executive producers on My Mother’s Curse alongside fellow exec. producer David Ellison. Lorne Michaels and Evan Goldberg will also act as producers on the film which is scheduled to begin shooting this spring.
If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong, but Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers seemed to do everything right about everything going wrong. They hit a familiar chord with family-oriented audiences with good ol’ values. And they were dirty about it. Both were hits in theaters and on home video, and now they’ve been erected in high-definition. It’s time once again to meet the parents and the Fockers. Welcome home. My full review is after the jump.
Here’s a little news for all the diehard Barbra Streisand fans who also happen to frequent Collider (I know you’re out there…somewhere…): the two-time Oscar-winner/eight-time Grammy-winner is in early negotiations with Warner Bros. to star in a remake of the 1962 film adaptation of the Broadway play Gypsy. While the project is currently without a writer and/or director, Streisand would star as Rose (the role turned by Rosalind Russell in the 1962 adaptation) if a deal is indeed struck.
For those unfamiliar with Gypsy (much like myself only one half-hour ago), both the play and the first film are based on the memoir of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. Per THR, each iteration focuses on Lee’s relationship with her mother, Rose (Streisand), who has “since become the prototype of a ‘stage mom’ in pop culture.”