'Bridesmaids' opens today
It's also being seen as a test for female comedians -- can they carry a movie?
Movieline talks to "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig about this query, and much more.
Here's a bit of their intro:
"Behind the femme-dominated laughs of this Friday’s Bridesmaids — the movie that will prove ladies can carry blockbuster comedies, or not, but probably so — is writer, actor, director, Judd Apatow compatriot, and creator of the well-loved cult series Freaks and Geeks, Paul Feig. After a successful run directing episodes of your favorite shows (The Office, Arrested Development), Feig is finally staking his claim in the film world with the Kristen Wiig starrer, about a woman tapped to play maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding. But Feig, on the brink of a likely summer hit, is noticeably nervous.
“'I feel there’s a lot riding on this for very funny women in comedy,' Feig admitted to Movieline via telephone Wednesday. 'If it doesn’t do well or doesn’t do box office the way people want it to then it’s very easy for them to go, ‘Oh well — see, you can’t have women carrying movies!'
"Feig’s right. Bridemaids, which is tracking well and has earned rave reviews ever since its SXSW debut earlier this year, will be a test of sorts for the drawing power of female comedians at the box office."
Allen talks depth at Cannes
-- Woody Allen at this year's Cannes Film Festival
A dark comedy for sunny Summer
With Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris'
This, from The Guardian:
"My hopes were not high but I wound up enjoying Midnight in Paris. This is Allen in Purple Rose of Cairo mode (albeit without that earlier film's keening undertow of pathos). It's a gentle icebreaker, a genial flight of fancy, played out in a whimsical jazz age that looks Disneyland Paris by way of a second-hand bookshop. But it's no masterpiece; not even the 'return to form' that some will no doubt bill it as. The crowd applauds indulgently and then files out into the blazing sunshine. One has the sense that the film is already behind them. It's over and gone, evaporating in the midday heat as they press onward towards the next meeting, seminar or seance. And maybe that's as it should be. The future starts here. This Cannes, at long last, is now open for business."
A new one ...
Directed by Martin Campbell, the picture stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and more (it's a big, honkin' cast).
Take a look:
Oh, happy day!
Anyway, we soldier on after these missteps and we talk about something that makes us happy, in my case Elaine May and her vastly underrated, near comic masterpiece "Ishtar." And here's something even greater -- Elaine May and the director's cut of "Ishtar."
Oh, I so wish I was in New York City this month.
Here, from Movieline:
"Heads-up, NYC: Writer-director and comedy legend Elaine May will appear in person next week to discuss the never-before-seen director’s cut of Ishtar, her infamous 1987 bomb starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman. Tickets are going fast, as well they should be."
'The Thin Man' to be remade
But ... a remake of a classic, beloved movie that may not need an update. And really, really, may not need Rob Marshall as director. But it's of course, too soon to say.
Nevertheless, it's official "The Thin Man" is going to be remade.
Here's the news from Thompson on Hollywood:
"It’s official: Rob Marshall and John DeLuca will produce a remake of The Thin Man through their LUCAMAR Productions, with Marshall directing. Johnny Depp will star and Jerry Stahl (Bad Boys II) is scripting the project. Marshall is “overjoyed” to work with Depp again (he directing him in this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), and says; “we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story.” He calls it a “classy and classic project.”
"The original 1934 film was director by W. S. Van Dyke and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy (pictured). So now the question is, who should play Loy’s Nora character alongside Depp’s Nick?"
Mel Gibson's latest wasn't a hit
No, not The Bieber, though it sounds like box office would have fared better had it been titled that. That's not a judgment call -- I haven't seen the movie and plan to this week. I will put my hard earned dollars down for Gibson talking to a puppet! But audiences weren't too keen on the idea.
Some harsh words from The Wrap:
"This weekend proved a reality check. Audiences simply said: No, thanks.
"'The Beaver' debuted in 22 locations this weekend, with distributor Summit Entertainment expecting a per-screen average of more than $15,000 for the weekend. But the film grossed only $104,000 all told, averaging an embarrassing $4,745 per engagement."