MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Men, Women & Children opens today in limited release.]

It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force. Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable. We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right? It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake. Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones. The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other. Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at TIFF and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images and click here for Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer Digs Deep Into the Darkness of Life in the Digital Age

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama.  The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career.  You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us.  Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble.  I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review | TIFF 2014

by     Posted 49 days ago

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It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force.  Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable.  We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right?  It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake.  Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones.  The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other.  Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

ANT-MAN Begins Production Today in San Francisco before Moving to Atlanta; John Slattery, Judy Greer, and More Added to Cast

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Ant-Man was supposed to begin filming around the beginning of summer, but when Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in mid-May over the studio’s massive changes in the script, Marvel began a hunt for a new director.  After spending a few weeks looking for a replacement, the studio settled on Yes Man director Peyton Reed with Adam McKay working on the script followed by a last-minute polish by writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.

Now we’re at the end of the summer, and filming has finally begun.  Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015. [Update: We've added the full Marvel press release after the jump, which reveals that John Slattery has been added to the cast presumably as 1970s Howard Stark (possibly confirming this story), in addition to Judy GreerT.I., and more.  Additionally, final credits on the screenplay still haven't been revealed and likely won't be until the Writers Guild of America arbitration.]

MARRIED and YOU’RE THE WORST Reviews: FX’s New Comedies Explore Difficult Relationships

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For its summer schedule, FX has rolled out two comedies (in name, if not exactly in execution) about couples desperate to break from the conventional.  In Married, Lina (Judy Greer) and Russ Bowman (Nat Faxon) find life to be dull and stressful, as they raise three girls and struggle to pay bills and keep an invigorated intimate life.  The Bowman’s situation is the worst nightmare for Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash), the stars of You’re the Worst, who claim to have allergic reactions to the idea of relationships at all.  Hit the jump to find out when the comedy kicks in, and if it does.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

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Now having watched all of the Planet of the Apes movies, it’s fascinating how the series views not only history, but trying to understand why civilizations rise and fall.  While there are always the broad strokes of good (Caesar, Cornelius, Zira) and bad (Hasslein, Breck, Aldo), there’s always a concern of how these figures are followed or abandoned.  History will always have charismatic leaders and people who are motivated by fear, so how to these people guide the evolution or dissolution of a society?  Matt Reeves‘  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perfectly captures this question by creating a microcosm of two civilizations reaching an inevitable clash and how their futures are both conflicting and intertwined.  The movie manages to take almost all the best aspects of its predecessors to create a summer blockbuster that is heartfelt, exhilarating, tragic, and profound.

Final DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Trailer Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell

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20th Century Fox has released the final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer less than a week after the previous trailer.  No matter—everything Fox has shown us from Dawn looks great.  The follow-up takes place 10 years after the events of the first film and finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempting to assert his dominance over the apes while a small human colony struggles to survive in San Francisco.  I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I am thrilled to see the sequel take a giant step forward and dive deep into a new world.  My only hesitation is the Gary Oldman character, who still looks like the obnoxious, militant villain who barrels over reasonable protagonists.  But I trust director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) hired Oldman for a reason and hope the role is more nuanced outside brief clips.

Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer also star in the July 11 release.  Watch the final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer after the break.

New Images from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Feature Shotgun-Wielding Simians

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20th Century Fox has released 10 new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes images including some fresh details on the upcoming sequel.  The story takes place 10 years after the first film and finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempting to assert his dominance over the apes while a small human colony struggles to survive in San Francisco.  “The small group of humans are struggling to come back from devastation, and the apes are fighting for survival,” director Matt Reeves tells USA Today. “The big question is, can they co-exist?”  Serkis also points out that in the new movie, “Caesar not only has a wife, but also an infant son and a teenage son,” adding, “This film centers around the notion of family — the survival of the family and what lengths you would go to protect them when life is extremely hard and tough.”  In another interesting note, Judy Greer plays Caesar’s wife Cornelia, and before she got the role, Terry Notary, a former Cirque du Soleil performer and the film’s stunt and movement coordinator, had to sign off.  I can only hope Greer responded, “You are not my supervisor!

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk Acevedo, and Enrique MurcianoDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 11th.

Judy Greer Joins JURASSIC WORLD; Lea Michele and Rohan Chand Lead BOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR MONKEY; John Leguizamo Joins THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, and Lauren Lapkus have joined Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.
  • Lea Michele and Rohan Chand are negotiating to lead DreamWorks Animation’s Bollywood musical, Bollywood Superstar Monkey.
  • John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins, and Jim Belushi sign on for Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s The Man on Carrion Road.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

ARCHER Renewed for Seasons Six and Seven

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FX has renewed the fantastic animated comedy series Archer for a sixth season—and a seventh.  The network has given a two-season renewal to the show, per THR, ensuring a rich syndication deal and leaving open the possibility for even more seasons past the seventh.  The series is a consistent ratings hit in the all-important 18-49 demo, ranking as the second-highest rated basic cable comedy series on TV.  By picking up two more 13-episode seasons of Archer, the show’s number of total episodes will put it past the threshold needed to qualify for syndication, meaning previous episodes of the series will now be able to air on cable and broadcast syndication.

Created by Adam Reed and Matth Thompson, the series took a huge gamble in its current fifth season by basically blowing up the central premise of the show and starting over from scratch.  The result—subtitled Archer: Vice—is a hilariously ridiculous new conceit buoyed by the sharp writing and excellent voice cast, which is led by Bob’s Burgers voice actor H. Jon Benjamin as the titular character.  The season five finale will air on FX April 21st, and one imagines season six will return January of next year.

First Trailer for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Gary Oldman

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Matt Reeves’ (Let Me In) sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The story takes place 15 years after the first film and finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempting to assert his dominance over the apes while a small human colony struggles to survive in San Francisco.  The trailer doesn’t really go into all of that, but instead establishes a much darker tone than Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and rightly so.  This is a post-apocalypse, and the teaser gives a good sense of what Reeves is going for.  If you’re looking for a lot of Caesar, you won’t find it because there’s still plenty of effects work left to do.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jason ClarkeKeri RussellGary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoToby KebbellEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18, 2014.

Production Begins on Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Starring Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt; Full Cast Revealed

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Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children.  Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.”  Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute.  No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the cast list and extended synopsis.

Casting Call: Weaver Joins CHAPPIE; Greer in Talks for MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN; McGregor and Saldana Might KILL THE TRUMPET PLAYER

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We’ve got a few brief casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy, Chappie.  The film tells the story of a robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley) imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.  The movie stars Hugh Jackman and Dev PatelVariety has no details on Weaver’s character, but she’s a welcome addition to any cast.  Weaver is currently busy re-teaming with Ridley Scott for the biblical epic, Exodus.

Hit the jump for Judy Greer being in talks to join Jason Reitman‘s next film, Men, Women & Childen; and Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana looking to Kill the Trumpet Player in Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis movie.

TOP 5: CARRIE, First Trailer for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, STAR WARS Editorial, THE FIFTH ESTATE

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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

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