Screen Junkies » Kathy Bates http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Woody Allen’s Next Movie To Open Cannes, Stutter Nervously http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allens-next-movie-to-open-cannes-stutter-nervously/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allens-next-movie-to-open-cannes-stutter-nervously/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:06:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24032 BREAKING: Woody Allen has made another movie.

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BREAKING: Woody Allen has made another movie. Perhaps, more importantly, his latest film Midnight in Paris (alternate title: MidNite in paris 2k11) has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 11 of this year. In case you don’t know, the movie is a romantic comedy set in Paris, and was described by Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux as “a wonderful love letter” to the city. Oh wow, way to turn a creative phrase, Thierry.

Anyway, the movie has a typically Woody Allen cast full of standouts, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion CotillardKathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and a cameo appearance the wife of the President of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. I hope she speaks English and knows how to pronounce “Dostoevsky,” otherwise she’s doomed to fail in a Woody Allen movie. (via Deadline)

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Review: Harry’s Law http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-harrys-law/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-harrys-law/#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:18:13 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17230 Everything about this pilot was lazy. They actually play “Hit the Road Jack” when Harriet gets fired from the patent office. Really?

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Okay, I like David E. Kelley shows. “Boston Legal” was hilarious and I admired how he had them try cases way outside the realms of the legal system just so he could express his opinion on hot button topics. But a shoe store in a law office? That’s just stupid. Come on. Or maybe it’s a law office in a shoe store, but still.

Harriet Korn (Kathy Bates) is a burnt out patent lawyer. When a suicide jumper falls on her and then she gets hit by a car and lands on some mattresses in a moving truck, she decides to open a legal practice in the hood. The location she finds is a shoe store with a full inventory, and her assistant Jenna (Brittany Snow) wants to sell the shoes to finance their pro bono work.

Harry is a good character. I like Kathy Bates telling it like it is, tough talking back to a protection scam because she doesn’t need protection from them, they need her protection. Oh, she’s so rogue!

Her first case is Malcolm (Aml Ameen), the suicide jumper. He was going to kill himself because he’s on his third drug offense, so he’d go to jail and get kicked out of school. The prosecutor, Payton (Paul “Bad Guy Since The ‘80s” McCrane), keeps repeating himself two or three times. That’s Johnny Two Times from Goodfellas!

Harry also takes on an associate, Adam (Nate Corddry), the guy who hit her with his car. He represents Damien (Johnny Ray Gill), the protection scammer, after he shot someone in a Chinese laundry. Adam gets the gunshot victim’s blood on him and he’s told to get the victim’s blood tested. That’s an element of reality for hands on lawyers. It doesn’t go anywhere in this show.

Harry’s case argues the legalizing of drugs. The judge lets this go on until she basically says that what Malcolm’s on trial for shouldn’t even be a crime at all. At least on “Boston Legal,” Kelley worked his agenda into the format of a trial. This is just riffing on the vague subject of the case, drugs, when even the characters know it’s irrelevant.

Adam fast talks Damien’s plea hearing, which becomes Kelley’s rant on how society dismisses the poor. When the judge tries to get him to stick to the point of the hearing, he actually goes into, “You’re out of order, this whole court is out of order.” Maybe they’re getting all the legal clichés out of the way in the pilot.

Everything about this pilot was lazy. They actually play “Hit the Road Jack” when Harriet gets fired from the patent office. Really? The dialogue is weak. Harry calls something a “big bowl of steaming dog shut the door, Jenna.” Isn’t that clever, because you knew she was going to say shit? She actually does say asshole on NBC Prime Time.

Snow looks hot in leggy skirts, or wearing a maid apron. She makes Jenna seem sincere about the shoe thing, but the fact that they play the shoe store as serious and inspirational just makes it more ridiculous. If the rest of the show were good we could probably consider the shoe store a charming quirk, but the David E. Kelley magic is totally gone from “Harry’s Law.”

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Bernal and Hudson Turn ‘Heaven’ Into Hell http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bernal-and-hudson-turn-heaven-into-hell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bernal-and-hudson-turn-heaven-into-hell/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:48:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=16508 The trailer for A Little Bit of Heaven has just been released. It's exactly what you'd expect from a Kate Hudson movie, and nothing you would expect from a Gael Garcia Bernal film.

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The U.K. trailer for A Little Bit of Heaven has just been released. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a Kate Hudson movie, and nothing you would expect from a Gael Garcia Bernal film. Which is a very, very bad thing. The plot of A Little Bit of Heaven is essentially, “Kate Hudson is a successful career woman who doesn’t believe in love. But wait! Here come the romantic Bernal…” It appears from the trailer that using Bernal’s charms to salvage this film is the equivalent of shooting a BB gun at a giggling, hackneyed freight train.

There’s a small chance that the film is not as derivative as it may seem, but that’s just because any film that is able to snag Bernal, Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Romany Malco, and Peter Dinklage can’t be completely awful. Right? Right?

The UK release date for A Little Bit of Heaven is February 4th. The US release is planned for later in the year, which explains why we’re watching the UK trailer, which seems to be a perfect fit for American Kate Hudson fans too. Maybe Kate Hudson is a constant across nations and cultures. Or maybe there’s just bad taste in every country.

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Sony Pictures Classics Gets a Woody, Maybe a Spurlock http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-pictures-classics-gets-a-woody-maybe-a-spurlock/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-pictures-classics-gets-a-woody-maybe-a-spurlock/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:49:49 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15263 That strange, omnipresent force that compels Woody Allen to make movies has struck again, and the result has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.

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That strange, omnipresent force that compels Woody Allen to make movies has struck again, and the result has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. This time, the movie is called Midnight in Paris, and it’s probably about a writer who’s traveling in Paris when he has an existential crisis or something. The cast, as always for a Woody Allen movie, is impressive: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, and Adrian Brody are the biggest names in the cast, which also includes French comedians Gad Elmaleh and Manu Payet.

Sony Pictures Classics is also interested in the latest documentary from Super Size Me McAuteur Morgan Spurlock, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. It appears to be kind of a documentary-about-a-documentary depicting Spurlock’s attempts to get sponsors for his movie, etc. Expect a fun moral about the evils of advertising and corporate sponsorship. Spurlock himself recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “Everywhere you look it seems like something’s being brought to you by some sponsor or some corporation. So we said, ‘Why not make a doc that looks at that and have the brands actually pay for it?’” Brought to you by Toyota! (IndieWire)


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