Kate Winslet and Judy Davis Lead THE DRESSMAKER; Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, and Ally Sheedy to Star in SINS OF OUR YOUTH

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Always a nice casting report when you can open with Kate Winslet:

  • Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in The Dressmaker, a project that Australian writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) describes as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”
  • Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Joel Courtney (Super 8), and Ally Sheedy have signed on to star opposite Mitchel Musso, Bridger Zadina, Grant Harvey, and newcomer Dani Knights in Sins of Our Youth, the story of four teenage boys who accidentally murder a young boy.  Twin brothers Edmund Entin and Gary Entin will write and direct.

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Director John Badham Talks WARGAMES, Seth Gordon’s Remake, and the Secret to SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER’s Success at the Tribeca Film Festival

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WarGames left theaters nearly three decades ago, but a special screening and panel at The Tribeca Film Festival showed little erosion on its emotional impact or the immediacy of its ethical questions.  The production wasn’t easy on Its director, John Badham, who came in mid-shoot to right the production.  Having not screened it for 15 years, the filmmaker had enough perspective to be able to truly enjoy his work.  Hit the jump for our interview with Badham, including some pretty incredible backstory from the set, how he handled the controversial production, his thoughts on Seth Gordon’s upcoming WarGames remake and why another of his classics, Saturday Night Fever, is still relevant.

Ally Sheedy Talks WARGAMES and Seth Gordon’s Remake at the Tribeca Film Festival

by     Posted 2 years, 212 days ago

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In 1983, Ally Sheedy catapulted to stardom as Jennifer, the beautiful girl next door, in WarGames, about a computer hacker (played by Matthew Broderick) whose innocent prying turns into a game gone very wrong, with potentially global consequences.  Instant stardom and a successful film career followed.  29 years later, the award-winning actress revisited her role, as part of a Tribeca Film Festival panel on the film and the ethical questions it continues to raise.

Hit the jump for our interview with Sheedy and her thoughts on seeing the film for the first time since its release, its relevance, Seth Gordon’s upcoming remake (including casting options) and more.

BAD BOYS Blu-ray Review

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What do you get when you mix the ugly streets of Chicago, youth gone wild and a break out performance by a talented actor at the beginning of his career?  You get one of the best films on teenage delinquency and angst from a decade that specialized in such fare.  While Sean Penn had been in a few roles before, this is really the first time he got to display some serious acting chops and it’s still great to go back and revisit that.  But is Penn’s performance alone enough to carry this film nearly thirty years later?  My review of Bad Boys after the jump.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

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Arguably the best high school movie ever made, John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club finally makes its way to Blu-ray.  Punished with detention, a group of five students are sentenced to spend an entire Saturday together sequestered in the school library.  With each kid representing a different social class – Brian the brain (Anthony Michael Hall), Andrew the athlete (Emilio Estevez), Claire the princess (Molly Ringwald), Allison the basketcase (Ally Sheedy) and Bender the criminal (Judd Nelson) – the five start out disassociated and by the end of the day, discover they’ve got more in common with one another than they ever could have expected.  Not much in the way of plot, but heavy on character development and even moreso on emotion and the realism of the American high school system, the film is the best of its kind; a strong and insightful portrait of people, more than teenagers.  More after the jump:

Alliance to Distribute John Hughes Documentary DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME

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Who knew that one of those “Power Rangers” kids had a thing for John Hughes?  No one…until the famed director of “Sixteen Candles” died last week, that is.  That was the moment when interest in Hughes was renewed and an aspiring filmmaker (and former Green Ranger) named Matt Austin-Sadowski got himself a movie deal.  Hit the jump for details.

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