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‘Hedwig’ Composer Stephen Trask Signs With ICM Partners

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Exclusive Composer Stephen Trask, co-creator/composer/lyricist of the award-winning stage musical Hedwig and The Angry Inch, has signed with ICM Partners.

Trask, who is currently working on a musical adaptation of Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, made his breakthrough with Hedwig, staged both Off Broadway and on Broadway. The Obie-winning musical, co-created with John Cameron Mitchell, went on to win four Tony Awards and Grammy nominations.

The musical was developed into a 2001 feature for Killer Films and New Line Cinema.

In addition to his work in theater, Trask has composed for film and television, with credits including Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, The Station Agent, In Good Company, American Dreamz, Little Fockers, among others.

His latest stage musical This Ain’t No Disco, premiered Off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater in 2018. Trask has also recorded and performed with artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney and Yoko Ono.
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Judy Greer Goes Behind the Camera: Why Hollywood’s Most Beloved Co-Star Finally Directed Her Very Own Film

Judy Greer Goes Behind the Camera: Why Hollywood’s Most Beloved Co-Star Finally Directed Her Very Own Film
The summer of 2015 could have been the summer of Judy Greer, with the long-time character actress snagging roles in massive tentpole features like “Jurassic World,” “Ant-Man,” the “Entourage” movie and “Tomorrowland,” but what stood out most about Greer’s turns in those blockbusters was just how little they did to capitalize on her talent or charms. In three of those films, Greer was cast as a mostly ancillary mother character, while “Entourage” didn’t even bother to give her role a name (she was just “Casting Director”).

Instead of offering the actress, a two-decade veteran of the industry who has worked in both film and television, a chance to make a well-earned splash on a giant scale, she was mostly pushed to the background. That was nothing new for Greer, but even as she’s struggled from a phenomenon described by Scott Meslow of The Week (which asked, “How did
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What's Behind This Weekend's Box Office Slump?

Maybe everyone just stayed home and watched the baseball playoffs this weekend. Or maybe moviegoers blew all their ticket money buying advance tickets for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Or maybe there was just nothing playing at the multiplex that anyone wanted to see.

That last one would be the obvious takeaway from this weekend's weak box office -- so weak that, even with four new wide releases and one much-anticipated expansion into wide release -- nothing could top the three-week-old "The Martian" and the week-old "Goosebumps." Both were neck-and-neck with nearly $16 million each, but "The Martian" returned to the top spot in its fourth week of release.

Overall, the box office was down 14 percent from last weekend's lackluster showing, and down 30 percent from the seasonal peak three weeks ago, when "The Martian" first topped the chart.

"The Last Witch Hunter" underperformed with a disappointing fourth-place debut ($10.8 million), and
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Grandma review [Lff 2015]: “One of the funniest of the year”

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Grandma comes to the screen from director Paul Weitz, the American filmmaker who has filled his career with American teen comedies with the genre defining American Pie, solid British comedy fare in About A Boy, writing the animated bug movie that wasn’t A Bug’s Life in the 90s (Antz), and the more recent third movie in the Fockers franchise, Little Fockers. With Grandma, which he also writes, Weitz delivers his smallest, most indie film to date; a character-driven comedy drama featuring a career-best Lily Tomlin in the title role.

Tomlin stars as Elle, a sixty-something poet living on the outskirts of Los Angeles, who is going through a break-up with her girlfriend on four months, Olivia (Judy Greer). On the same morning of the break-up, Elle’s teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner) rolls up to her
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‘Grandma’ Review: Lily Tomlin Steers a Poignant, Hilarious Tour de Force

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‘Grandma’ Review: Lily Tomlin Steers a Poignant, Hilarious Tour de Force
Teen movies have gotten a lot of mileage out of the “24 hours that changed everything” storyline, but it’s a great device for films about older characters as well, whether it’s Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries” or Woody Allen’s homage “Deconstructing Harry.” Writer-director Paul Weitz, after a string of duds that includes “Admission” and “American Dreamz,” officially gets his groove back by teaming up with Lily Tomlin on “Grandma,” which allows the actress a rare opportunity to paint with all the colors in her seasoned palette. As Tomlin’s Elle spends a day driving around Los Angeles and catching up with friends.
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Sundance 2015: ‘Grandma’ tailor-made to showcase Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin in “Grandma

Grandma

Written by Paul Weitz

Directed by Paul Weitz

USA, 2015

Director Paul Weitz (About A Boy, American Dreamz) has tailor-made Grandma to showcase the strength of comedy legend Lily Tomlin. As poet Elle Reid, her wry personality has an overpowering screen presence that is entertaining, but comes at the expense a talented supporting cast that is made to funnel all attention back to her. The fact that Tomlin came out of the closet late in life adds depth to her portrayal of a woman who absolutely owns her success and sexuality. Elle’s teenage granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner of Electrick Children) comes to Elle in desperate need of terminating an unwanted pregnancy and so ensues a quirky, caustic road trip to procure enough money to get it done.

Elle verbally bulldozes old friends, family, and lovers for the money. Proudly uncouth, she barely flinches while she
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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #25: Inter-Generational Road Trip Abortion Flick 'Grandma'

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #25: Inter-Generational Road Trip Abortion Flick 'Grandma'
Some people toe the line between drama and comedy. Paul Weitz plays hopscotch over it. He's the writer/director of such dark comedies as "About A Boy" and "American Dreamz," as well as a producer on the not-so-dark "American Pie" franchise. This year at Sundance he returns to sardonic form with "Grandma," a wry look at a difficult day in the life of a difficult family. Starring comedy masters Lily Tomlin and Judy Greer, "Grandma" is sure to hit that laugh-at-the-pain sweet spot. What's your film about, in 140 characters or less?Lily Tomlin breaks up with her girlfriend (Judy Greer) and then goes on a one day long road trip with her granddaughter (Julia Garner) who is trying to get enough money to pay for an abortion she has scheduled at the end of the day. Now, what's it Really about?Overcoming loss. Tell us briefly about yourself.Work-wise, I started out as a playwrite,
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Fox's 'Red Band Society' admits Mandy Moore

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Fox's 'Red Band Society' admits Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore is scrubbing in as what Fox is calling a "recurring guest star" on the freshman hospital dramedy "Red Band Society." The network announced this morning that Moore will play Dr. Erin Grace, chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, home to the pediatric wing caring for the show's main characters. Grace is also the ex-fiancee to Dave Annable's Dr. McAndrews, which may cause seconds of confusion for people who think that with dark hair, Mandy Moore has at least a superficial resemblance -- it's in the cheekbones, I think -- to Annable's real-life wife Odette Annable. "Red Band Society" premieres on Wednesday, September 17 at 9 p.m. on Fox.  You can check out my Take Me To The Pilots entry for a show that I think has a fair amount of potential. I also talked to co-stars Wilson Cruz and Rebecca Rittenhouse earlier this week and I'll be
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In Honor of Uncle Lou's Big Comeback: 7 Cautionary-Tale Movies About Singers

The new episode of The Capones sees Uncle Lou trying to revive his singing career, which culminates in a public performance at the Green Mill Lounge, an Uptown Chicago bar that was frequented by Al Capone. While Uncle Lou is no stranger to dangerous professions, we started to think of movies that revealed the pitfalls of a professional music career. We should warn, however, that you just might learn something from our list of cautionary tale movies about singers.

Family, Food, and... Singing?

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The Capones | This Is Spinal Tap | 8 Mile | The Joker Is Wild | American Dreamz | Crazy Heart | The Bodyguard | The Blues Brothers
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Watch the trailer for the sequel to 'Love Actually' (not actually) -- Video

Watch the trailer for the sequel to 'Love Actually' (not actually) -- Video
There was once a lovelorn boy named Sam in a little film called Love Actually who told his grieving father, “Let’s go get the sh– kicked out of us by love.”

Judging by this trailer for the sequel, it looks like they certainly did.

Fine — it’s a parody. The video, a masterful compilation of some of the ensemble’s post-Love Actually work, weaves a storyline that sees Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson at a certain school for witchcraft and wizardry, a profanity-loving Colin Firth, and an Andrew Lincoln battling the zombie apocalypse (which the actor himself outlines
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Tom Cruise Back on Top with 'Oblivion'

Tom Cruise Back on Top with 'Oblivion'
As the only brand-new movie in nationwide release, sci-fi adventure Oblivion easily took first place with an estimated $38.2 million. Unfortunately, overall box office was down around 19 percent from the same frame last year, and it now appears that April 2013 will wind up about even with April 2012.Oblivion's $38.2 million start ($5.5 million in IMAX) is the highest non-sequel debut for star Tom Cruise since 2005's War of the Worlds, and it's his fifth-best ever behind that movie and the first three Mission: Impossible outings. It was a bit higher than 2002's Minority Report ($35.7 million), though with ticket price inflation it likely had noticeably lower attendance. Oblivion's solid (but not spectacular) opening can be attributed at least in part to smart scheduling. Bracing for the Summer box office season, studios typically avoid releasing big-budget fare during the month of April; Universal Pictures, however, successfully stretched the calendar in April 2009 and 2011 with Fast and Furious
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Admission Review

Paul Weitz is a director I have come to dread.  About a Boy was a long time ago, and in the interim he has done some truly abysmal films such as Cirque du Freak, American Dreamz, and Being Flynn (I didn't even bother with Little Fockers).  But after a 12-year-drought, Weitz has delivered a film that's almost as funny and sweet as About a Boy.  His new movie, Admission, is a playful, nice little story where leads Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have the room to exercise their comic and dramatic abilities, and do so with a charming screenplay from Karen Croner.  Even though it heads towards safe places, Admission never feels gratingly familiar. Portia Nathan (Fey) is an admissions officer at Princeton.  She's settled into a personal and professional malaise where she tolerates her occupation and lack of affection from her long-term boyfriend (Michael Sheen).  On a visit to the progressive Quest School,
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The Greatest Presidential Speech Never Given

The Greatest Presidential Speech Never Given
As Barack Obama is sworn in to his second term as President of the United States of America we decided to take the opportunity too look back on some of the country's previous presidents. Great men who are often overlooked simply because of the small technicality that they never actually existed. We are talking about the presidents of the silver screen.

Above we have complied some of the speeches of our favorite movie presidents into one epic, rousing stem-winder. Check it out and let us know which of cinema’s fictional presidents you would most trust to sit in the real White House in the comments below…

Full List of Movies:

Deep Impact

Head of State

Scary Movie 4

Mars Attacks

Seven Days In May

Gabriel Over The White House

American Dreamz

Deterrence

Escape From La

Armageddon

Dave

The American President

Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

Canadian Bacon

Idiocracy

Independence Day
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Five Ideas for the New Cher/Logo Show About '60s Hollywood

Hmm, how shall I describe my reaction when I read the news that Cher and the Logo network are teaming up on a TV show about '60s Hollywood? Hmmmm. How about: I fell through the floor and into the sky. This is news from a better dimension, people. A richer, greater universe where our queen is a half-breed gypsy tramp who's just like Jesse James and named, uh, Cher. I'm torqued for this show. 

More tantalizing yet is we're not sure whether Cher will star in the show or bring any of her personal story to the plot. Luckily, this gives us an opportunity to propose ideas for the program and help egg along the creative process. Here are my five ideas for Cher/Logo collaboration about Hollywood in the swingin' '60s. 

1. Backup 

 

Cher famously sang backup for The Ronettes and The Righteous Brothers, and I think it'd
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Remix: POTUSes — Movie Presidents of the United States

In a perfect video to watch on Election Day — or really any day for that matter — video mixologists Wreck & Salvage have put together an astounding compendium of clips of U.S. presidents from sci-fi flicks, comedies, drama, action movies and more. If you have trouble matching each Potus with each movie, below is a handy guide provided by W&S of the 51 films they’ve cribbed from.

The clips, of course, aren’t strung together willy-nilly. There’s a definite arc, flow and rhythm that provide a quasi narrative. Most movie presidents are there to deliver the “oh shit” news to the country — aliens are going to kill us all, an asteroid is going to kill us all, the economy’s in the toilet, all plant life is dying, etc. You know the “oh shit” news is coming when you hear the clichéd refrain, “Good evening, my fellow Americans.” (Actually,
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Top 5 Five Actors in Need of a Reboot

Oliver Davis with five actors in desperate need of a career reboot...

Reboots and remakes, they're all the rage. Universal Studios recently announced that they'll be concentrating on franchises going forward; more Bournes, which recently got 'rebooted' (Bourne Again, anyone?); at least another Ted; and a barrel-load of animation films.

Superhero films are particularly susceptible. Perhaps it's because of the comic book tradition from which they come, where different writers imbue into the page their own reading of the character. And because they make loads of money.

But what about actors? Ones in the game long enough have played so many different roles, a reboot wouldn't really matter. Those have to disappear from the mainstream for a while, to turn up wildly reinvented in a Quentin Tarantino film. Others just need to switch up their typecasting.

Matthew McConaughey is the most recent. After a string of romantic comedies, whose posters
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Box office report: 'Bourne Legacy' rides away with $40.3 million; 'Campaign' strong at No. 2

Box office report: 'Bourne Legacy' rides away with $40.3 million; 'Campaign' strong at No. 2
Despite the departure of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, the Bourne franchise still ruled the box office this weekend.

The Bourne Legacy, Universal’s $125 million sequel/reboot, which stars Jeremy Renner as a new (but similarly brainwashed) secret agent, topped the chart with an estimated $40.3 million from 3,745 locations

The action film debuted higher than franchise launchpad The Bourne Identity, which grossed $27.1 million in its 2002 opening weekend, but it will need solid word of mouth (which may not be merited by its lukewarm “B” CinemaScore grade) to match that film’s $121.7 million finish. Legacy was unable to reach the heights of its two predecessors,
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God Bless America – review

After recent successes, Bobcat Goldthwait disappoints with this weak reality-tv satire

Robert "Bobcat" Goldthwait scored real successes as a director with two recent movies, Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) and World's Greatest Dad (2009) – each a subversive yet subtle black comedy of manners. But his latest is a disappointingly broad and obvious satire, a casual drive-by, spraying bullets at the most obvious of targets. The title itself hits a deafening irony klaxon. The star is Joel Murray, brother of Bill; he plays Frank, a divorced loser living in a scuzzy apartment. All around him idiots are listening to reactionary shock-jocks and watching stupid television shows. He is infuriated at the national dumbing-down – or is he just rationalising his own depression? On one terrible night, Frank has an epiphany and winds up befriending an alienated teen called Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) for some violent adventures together. The big beef is with reality TV, which
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Contest: Win American Reunion Blu-ray

Contest: Win American Reunion Blu-ray
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing the sequel American Reunion on Blu-ray and DVD July 10, reuniting viewers with their favorite cast members from the 1999 hit American Pie. To help get you in the spirit of your own impending reunion, we're giving away Blu-ray copies of this hilarious and heartfelt comedy that spans the generations. Hopefully you'll forget to enter, because this is one hi-def disc I wouldn't mind keeping for myself!

Winners Receive:

American Reunion Blu-ray

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim (Mad Love, L!fe Happens) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan,
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American Reunion Blu-ray and DVD Arrive July 10th

American Reunion Blu-ray and DVD Arrive July 10th
The entire cast of American Pie returns to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion in the outrageous comedy American Reunion, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand, with a never-before-seen unrated version, on July 10, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In one long-overdue weekend, old friends will reconnect, old flames re-ignite and everyone will rediscover just how much fun you can pack into one hilarious weekend.

It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim (Mad Love, L!fe Happens) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother) got married while Stifler (Seann William Scott, Role Models) still refuses to grow up. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas, Please Give) and Vicky (Tara Reid, Scrubs) said goodbye while Oz (Chris Klein, American Dreamz) and Heather (Mena Suvari, American Horror Story) grew apart. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas,
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