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Directed by Diane English.
Veteran producer/director Diane English (The Lathe of Heaven, Murphy Brown) helms this contemporized remake of George Cukor's beloved proto-feminist comedy drama The Women (1939), an adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's play. The English version follows the gossip, bitchy wisecracking, and overall disillusionment that erupt among a group of socialite friends when their dearest and most envied learns of her husband's marital infidelity at the hands of a backstabbing shopgirl. The all-female cast is fronted by Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Candice Bergen, with supporting roles inhabited by Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, and Carrie Fisher. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide
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cspraguecsprague What to do with my Friday night...
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"Well, there's a whole host of potentially interesting films coming out this weekend. In weighing my options for Friday night viewing it narrows down pretty quickly to two films:First, is The Women. It has a great cast and is sure to deliver on lots of the usual chick-flick types of subjects. It could go one of two ways though, really fun and relatable (making me glad to be a woman) or terrible and catty (making me hate my gender). I really like Meg Ryan though and I am glad to see her in a movie again, it's been a while. One of my favorite movies has always been Proof of Life, which I thought she did a great job in.Secondly and speaking of supporting people I like, the brothers Coen are putting out their newest flick Burn After Reading. I am a big fan of these guys' sense of humor. The quirky characters and laughable scenarios are always entertaining. But it could really go either way for me at this point. I have to recall how little I liked The Ladykillers and this could be just a ... " [More]
SpoutBlogSpoutBlog 10 Worst Updates of 1930s Classics
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"Anticipating the worst from Diane English’s new remake of The Women is not just typical low expectations regarding remakes in general. My dread is specifically based on dissatisfaction with remakes and updates of films from the 1930s, arguably the best decade in cinema (it is certainly my favorite). While I may recognize and appreciate some favorable redos, such as DePalma’s Scarface (of which I’ve never really been a fan), Mazursky’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills and the multiple repeats from Hitchcock, I am more often disappointed with attempts to recreate ‘30s classics, even when I approach them with already low standards. Worst, for me, doesn’t necessarily have to do with the quality of the film alone, especially when related to remakes and updates. The titles and versions I’ve selected are hardly the worst in terms of craft or production value — you’ll note there are no Dracula movies on this list — and a few would almost be acceptable if they were more unique or solitary work ... " [More]
SkyPilotSkyPilot Upcoming Movies Week of 9-12
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"Waa-hooo! This Friday we are officially delivered from the movie release Dead Zone! Let Oscar-bait season begin!FEATURES1. Burn After Reading -- New Coen bros. movie this Friday! Does the trailer for this dark spy comedy remind anyone else of the dark stoner/detective comedy The Big Lebowski?Brad Pitt and John Malkovich are both interviewed about the film on SpoutBlog.And there's a Recast The Big Lebowski contest you're all welcome to join in the Filmgaming group. The swag we're giving away would go great with a bathrobe.2. Righteous Kill -- Robert Deniro and Al Pacino do the bad cop/bad cop routine.This could be...(a) a supremely awesome, double-espresso shot of testosterone, a la Michael Mann's Heat. Or this could be ...(b) a blown opportunity on the level of The Score (remember that extremely forgettable movie with Deniro, Marlon Brando, and Ed Norton?) Unfortunately I'm expecting Righteous Kill to be closer to option (b). Director Jon Avnet is no Michael Mann. His most recent f ... " [More]
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"September is often used as a dumping ground for movies, but this year it also appears to be a dumping ground for once-great or once-promising talents who’ve lost their way. I’ve taken note of at least 10 individuals (actors, actresses and a couple filmmakers) who have new films out this month (I’m counting the Labor Day weekend, too) who are due for a visit from the Ghost of Movies Past. More specifically, these people need to backtrack to the ‘90s, which is when most of them did their last truly great work. Perhaps they need to take a look at that earlier work and remember what it was they used to do. Or perhaps they just need to get advice from the Coen brothers, who similarly hit a slump in the new millennium, but who are now back on track with a few more Oscars in hand and a new comedy, Burn After Reading, which looks to be more in line with their ‘90s classic The Big Lebowski than their 2000s missteps Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers. Nicolas Cage (guilty September 2008 ... " [More]
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"Two quotes just popped out of my feed reader and clubbed me over the head; when I came to, I recalled a couple of other soundbites from my week in LAFF that sort of seem related. First, from David Poland’s eye-roll at “Tom & Jerry On Crack cartoon” Wanted: Wanted is more like the last of big budget porn, throwing around endless style along with massive fake boobs and enough smoke to choke a Scott. Guys still get off on it - guys can get off on anything that tells them it wants to get them off - but one simply has to wonder, “Doesn’t anyone just f*** anymore?” We’ll get back to that. First, a digression… When I was at LAFF, I met an famous gay filmmaker at a party, and he started cattily joking about how a certain extremely famous married actor and actress are always going on shows like Letterman and bragging about how they “love to have heterosexual sex.” The filmmaker said this couple had to be covering for one another’s secret gay life, because no one who is actually having hete ... " [More]
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"Two quotes just popped out of my feed reader and clubbed me over the head; when I came to, I recalled a couple of other soundbites from my week in LAFF that sort of seem related. First, from David Poland’s eye-roll at “Tom & Jerry On Crack cartoon” Wanted: Wanted is more like the last of big budget porn, throwing around endless style along with massive fake boobs and enough smoke to choke a Scott. Guys still get off on it - guys can get off on anything that tells them it wants to get them off - but one simply has to wonder, “Doesn’t anyone just f*** anymore?” We’ll get back to that. First, a digression… When I was at LAFF, I met an famous gay filmmaker at a party, and he started cattily joking about how a certain extremely famous married actor and actress are always going on shows like Letterman and bragging about how they “love to have heterosexual sex.” The filmmaker said this couple had to be covering for one another’s secret gay life, because no one who is actually having hete ... " [More]
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"Oh good! The long-gestating remake of George Cukor’s bitchy masterpiece The Women has a trailer––and just in time to catch all those lady filmgoers in the afterglow of their weekend orgy! Some thoughts: __Cukor’s original, released in 1939 and based on Clare Boothe Luce’s hit play, was basically a melodrama cranked up to the tempo of screwball; the performances today play as camp, but even the comedy is underlined with some kind of emotional truth. This new trailer plays broad, broad, broad throughout. The whole idea of the text is that it offers a glimpse into the way women behave when together in uncomfortably intimate spaces; going too big with the punchlines and the delivery seems like a tonal mistake. –Where the original film had an ultimately cynical view of female friendships, depicting them as nuanced and unstable and constantly flipping between fingers-crossed faux sympathy, outright hostility and tentative trust, thisThe Women seems to be surrounding Meg Ryan’s Mary with ... " [More]
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"Oh good! The long-gestating remake of George Cukor’s bitchy masterpiece The Women has a trailer––and just in time to catch all those lady filmgoers in the afterglow of their weekend orgy! Some thoughts: __Cukor’s original, released in 1939 and based on Clare Boothe Luce’s hit play, was basically a melodrama cranked up to the tempo of screwball; the performances today play as camp, but even the comedy is underlined with some kind of emotional truth. This new trailer plays broad, broad, broad throughout. The whole idea of the text is that it offers a glimpse into the way women behave when together in uncomfortably intimate spaces; going too big with the punchlines and the delivery seems like a tonal mistake. –Where the original film had an ultimately cynical view of female friendships, depicting them as nuanced and unstable and constantly flipping between fingers-crossed faux sympathy, outright hostility and tentative trust, thisThe Women seems to be surrounding Meg Ryan’s Mary with ... " [More]
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"ThinkFilm has announced their acquisition of Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man, for theatrical release after its New York premiere at New Directors/New Films next month. We reviewed the film (which I love) when it premiered at Sundance, and also interviewed Azazel. Joan Cusack is playing Isla Fisher’s mom in a romantic comedy about a New York magazine journalist with a lot of credit card debt (ah, romance). Before you ask, “Wait, does that even make mathematical sense?”––yes, it does. If Joan gave birth when she was 14. Eight years before playing a teenager in Sixteen Candles. Speaking of fuzzy math, I don’t understand these figures at all.  Turner Broadcasting (TBS, TNT, etc) has picked up broadcast rights to a number of films that will theoretically be released by New Line and Picturehouse later this year. Variety says, “The coin involved in Turner’s purchase…[comes] in at a high end of about 11% of the eventual domestic box office gross of the four New Line pictures.” How do you calcul ... " [More]
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"ThinkFilm has announced their acquisition of Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man, for theatrical release after its New York premiere at New Directors/New Films next month. We reviewed the film (which I love) when it premiered at Sundance, and also interviewed Azazel. Joan Cusack is playing Isla Fisher’s mom in a romantic comedy about a New York magazine journalist with a lot of credit card debt (ah, romance). Before you ask, “Wait, does that even make mathematical sense?”––yes, it does. If Joan gave birth when she was 14. Eight years before playing a teenager in Sixteen Candles. Speaking of fuzzy math, I don’t understand these figures at all.  Turner Broadcasting (TBS, TNT, etc) has picked up broadcast rights to a number of films that will theoretically be released by New Line and Picturehouse later this year. Variety says, “The coin involved in Turner’s purchase…[comes] in at a high end of about 11% of the eventual domestic box office gross of the four New Line pictures.” How do you calcul ... " [More]
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