June 19, 2014
10 Rockin' Music Biopics
This weekend, director Clint Eastwood returns to theaters with Jersey Boys, an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical inspired by the story of 1960s singing sensations the Four Seasons. Boys puts the band in pretty good company: some of the most popular (as well as a few of the more obscure) musicians of all time have received the biopic treatment, and the results include some of the bigger critical and commercial successes in Hollywood's history. In honor of Jersey Boys, we decided to take a look back at some of the most distinguished entries in the genre, and came up with a list that pays tribute to punk, classical, and everything in between. It's time for Total Recall!
October 7, 2009
Jamie Foxx Plans Mike Tyson Biopic
Does one good biopic deserve another? "Ray" star Jamie Foxx wants to reunite with director Taylor Hackford for a look at the life and times of Mike Tyson.
December 29, 2006
Kasdan, Apatow & John C. Reilly to Introduce "Dewey Cox"
How many musician-centric biopics do you have to sit through before you start clamoring for a nice juicy parody of the sub-genre? Well, one's on it's way, courtesy of director Jake Kasdan, screenwriter/producer Judd Apatow, and character actor turned comedy star John C. Reilly.
February 24, 2006
Time to Vote for JoBlo's Golden Schmoes!
The SAGs, the BAFTAs, the Globes and the Oscars are all fine and good, but if there's one voting process I always look forward to, it's JoBlo's Golden Schmoes. It's time for the "normal schmoe" movie geek to chime in with their 2 cents and vote on categories including "Best Action Scene," "Worst Movie of the Year," and "Best DVD of the Year." Click right here and cast your vote!
November 17, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Harry Potter," "Walk the Line" Both Certified Fre
This week's wide releases find us within both a goblet and a burnin' ring of fire. We've got legends, both fantastic ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") and musical (the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line"). Will these heavily anticipated films generate warmth, or be scorched by the critics?
November 1, 2005
In Other News...Set Woes for Mann's Miami Vice
The New York Post's Page Six chimes in with some bad news for fans eagerly anticipating the Michael Mann-helmed big-screen cop actioner, "Miami Vice." According to the gossip column's inside scoop, the Universal blockbuster slated for summer 2006 is suffering from a multitude of woes on set.
June 23, 2005
Production Wraps on Roth's "Freedomland"
Revolution Studios issued a press release that ComingSoon.net was kind enough to publicize, and here's the scoop: The Joe Roth mystery thriller "Freedlomland," which is based on the novel by screenwriter/author Richard Price ("Sea of Love," "The Color of Money," "Clockers," and several others), has finished production and inched one step closer to your multiplex lobby.
June 22, 2005
Rodney Dangerfield Finally Gets Some (Posthumous) Respect
The producers of the Ray Charles bio-pic "Ray" have purchased the rights to Rodney Dangerfield's life story, says Variety. The celebrated funnyman, who did the stand-up circuit for several decades while also appearing in movies such as "Caddyshack," "Back to School," "Easy Money," "Natural Born Killers," and several others I'll not mention out of respect for the dead, passed away following heart surgery in 2004.
May 5, 2005
MTV Movie Award Nominees Are Announced
OK, so maybe they're not the Oscars, but they sure are better than the Razzies! MTV has announced their annual Movie Award Nominees, and (not surprisingly) there are lots of interesting picks.
March 29, 2005
Redford and "Ray" Producer to Bring Jackie Robinson Biopic Home
"Ray" producer Howard Baldwin has been enlisted to help director Robert Redford bring his Jackie Robinson biopic to the big screen. Working from a screenplay by Emmy-winner Kirk Ellis ("Anne Frank: The Whole Story"), the film will "track Robinson's upbringing in Southern California and center on the relationship between Robinson and Rickey. Robinson started for the Dodgers in 1947, enduring death threats, beanballs, abuse from fans, a rebellion by some of his teammates and the threat of a strike by the St. Louis Cardinals."
February 28, 2005
Oscar Night: It's "Baby"!
The race for Best Picture was between "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Aviator" coming in the award show Sunday, but when the night was over, "Million Dollar Baby" emerged with the win. The movie also landed Oscars in three major categories, including best director for Clint Eastwood, best actress for Hilary Swank, and best supporting actor for Morgan Freeman.
February 7, 2005
Foxx, Swank, Freeman, Blanchett Honored at SAG Awards
Jamie Foxx ("Ray"), Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby"), Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), and Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator") were singled out for honors by their peers this past Saturday at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
February 4, 2005
"The Aviator," Others Get Credit Check
"The Aviator" is just one of the movies to see its list of credited producers shortened from four to three for the Oscar race. According to E! Online, this is a rule adopted by the Academy in response to the 1998 episode when five producers went on stage to accept the Best Picture Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love."
January 11, 2005
"Sideways," "Baby," "Ray" Receive SAG Nominations
Jamie Foxx and the cast of "Sideways" and "Million Dollar Baby" have been recognized in the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. Foxx was nominated for best actor in "Ray" (the cast of that film received a nomination as well), best supporting actor in "Collateral," and best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for "Redemption."
January 4, 2005
DFW Film Critics choose Million Dollar Baby
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted Clint Eastwood's character-driven drama "Million Dollar Baby" as the best film of 2004, according to the results of its 11th annual critics' poll.
December 14, 2004
RT's 2004 Awards Watch
It's awards season time, and RT has a one-stop guide to the most honored films of the year. Alexander Payne's "Sideways" has practically swept away the pre-Oscar competition: it was named the top film by critics in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and was nominated for the American Film Institute and Golden Globe Awards as well.
December 6, 2004
National Treasure Tops Box Office for Third Straight Week
There were no new wide releases last week, just some new films in limited release, the most high profile being Mike Nichols's "Closer" (Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and Clive Owen) and Zhang Yimou's "House of Flying Daggers" (Zhang Ziyi, Andy Law, and Takeshi Kaneshiro). Both did excellent business. "Closer," which has a fresh Tomatometer of 68%, grossed an estimated $7.7M in just 476 theaters.