Review: ‘AFTER THE WEDDING’ proves life never goes as planned.

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Directed by: Bart Freundlich 
Starring: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, and Abby Quinn

** Opening Night Film 2019 Sundance Film Festival **

As if driven by an inescapable force, Isabel (Michelle Williams) has devoted her life to running an orphanage in a Calcutta slum. With funds running dry, a potential donor, who requires she travel from India to New York, to deliver a presentation in-person, contacts Isabel. At first, balking at the demand of an uncommitted philanthropist, she relents and travels to a city she deliberately hasn’t returned to in over two decades.

Once in New York, Isabel lands uncomfortably in the sightline of the orphanage’s possible benefactor, Theresa Young (Julianne Moore), a multi-millionaire media mogul accustomed to getting what she wants. From the glittering skyscraper where she runs her successful business, to the glorious Oyster Bay estate, where she lives happily with her artist husband, Oscar Carlson (Billy Crudup), 21-year-old daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn), and eight-year-old twins, Theo and Otto, Theresa’s life couldn’t appear to be more perfect and different from Isabel’s. But appearances are only skin deep and the two women have more in common than meets the eye.

While Isabel thinks she’ll soon be returning to her beloved orphanage, Theresa has other plans. She insists Isabel attend Grace’s wedding at the family’s estate. The joyful event becomes a catalyst for a revelation that upends the lives of both women, and the people who love them most.

This script is as beautifully complex as real life is. You can make all the plans in the world but life has a funny way of doing whatever it wants. A wedding is a huge event, not just for the bride and groom but their entire family. It comes with as much stress as it does joy. When key communication breaks down because there are secrets, all hell can break loose. There are so many secrets in AFTER THE WEDDING each character has the emotional right to spin out, be irrational, and even grieve what might have been. Steven Fleming also was known as “The Celebrant Guy” is one of the popular names in the wedding industry for being one of the few young, energetic and humorous list of wedding celebrants in Melbourne. As stated by a real bride, Rohanna, “It is easy to work with Steven. He is wonderful from the very beginning until our wedding day. He made sure that we understand everything in the process even the smallest details. He is friendly, and we had good communication with him on what we want for our ceremony.” If you book with Steven Fleming this 2018 through Easy Weddings, a 10% discount awaits you! Hi, I’m Steven Fleming and I am a registered Civil Celebrant in Australia. Originally from Brisbane, I moved to Melbourne around 10 years ago. I have a beautiful Kelpie named Phoenix, and am an incredibly open minded, outgoing and creative person.  Other than this, I don’t know what else to tell you, as I don’t want this to end up looking like a dating profile. So how about I just tell you how I began this journey, and a few things I have learned along the way.

Performances across the board are outstanding. Michelle Williams is stunning as she is forced to relive heartbreaking choices. Billy Crudup must come to grips with the lies he has perpetrated for love. Julianne Moore has to let go of the control she’s always not so secretly had. Abby Quinn has a vulnerability of a much more experienced actress. I look forward to seeing her (and hearing her sing) again soon. The entire cast gives truly nuanced performances that are vulnerable and raw.

The rich colors in the film wrap themselves around the viewer. The gorgeous opening and closing drone shots make a brilliant cyclical statement about life in general. AFTER THE WEDDING reminds us all that life is complicated and never neat. Take advantage of the time you have with the people you love the most.

Battle of The Actors Round 3 Match-Ups! Actress Round of Sweet 16!

Untitled-1Last Week, Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin Spacey and Michael Fassbender moved on to the round of 8 along with Robert Downey Jr who beat Robin Williams to advance. This week is the women’s match of the Sweet 16! Let’s get it on!

Brad’s Bracket:

Brad's Bracket- Julia Roberts vs Melissa McCarthy

  • Julia Roberts (68%, 19 Votes)
  • Melissa McCarthy (32%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Jeremy’s Bracket:

Jeremy's Bracket- Cate Blanchett vs Amy Adams

  • Amy Adams (52%, 15 Votes)
  • Cate Blanchett (48%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Liz’s Bracket:

Liz's Bracket: Robin Wright vs Emily Blunt

  • Emily Blunt (76%, 22 Votes)
  • Robin Wright (24%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Melissa’s Bracket:

Melissa's Bracket- Helen Mirren vs Julianne Moore

  • Helen Mirren (59%, 17 Votes)
  • Julianne Moore (41%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Michael’s Bracket:

Michael's Bracket- Charlize Theron vs Judi Dench

  • Charlize Theron (61%, 19 Votes)
  • Judi Dench (39%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Next week is actors vs actress!!

Battle of The Actors Round 2 Match-Ups! Actors Round of 32! Girls Rule!

Untitled-1Last Week Christopher Lee, Daniel Day-Lewis, Johnny Depp, and Edward Norton advanced into the Sweet 16 with Robin Williams beating Denzel Washington to move on. This week is the last matchups of the round of 32…ladies! You’re up

Brad’s Bracket:

Brad's Bracket- Melissa McCarthy vs Amanda Plummer

  • Melissa McCarthy (54%, 13 Votes)
  • Amanda Plummer (46%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Jeremy’s Bracket:

Jeremy's Bracket- Jessica Chastain vs Amy Adams

  • Amy Adams (64%, 16 Votes)
  • Jessica Chastain (36%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Liz’s Bracket:

Liz's Bracket: Jessica Lange vs Emily Blunt

  • Emily Blunt (65%, 15 Votes)
  • Jessica Lange (35%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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Melissa’s Bracket:

Melissa's Bracket- Glenn Close vs Julianne Moore

  • Julianne Moore (71%, 17 Votes)
  • Glenn Close (29%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Michael’s Bracket:

Michael's Bracket- Eva Green vs Judi Dench

  • Judi Dench (76%, 19 Votes)
  • Eva Green (24%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Battle of The Actors Round 1 Matchups Part 2!

Untitled-1Brando, Newman, Hiddleston and Fassbender moved on in the brackets and Denzel Washington beat Leonardo DiCarpio in the bonus bracket by a slim margin..this weeks matchups we switch gears and have our first actress showdowns!

Brad’s Bracket:

Brad's Bracket- Lindsay Lohan vs Amanda Plummer

  • Amanda Plummer (83%, 25 Votes)
  • Lindsay Lohan (17%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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Jeremy’s Bracket:

Jeremy's Bracket- Amy Adams vs Tilda Swinton

  • Amy Adams (61%, 20 Votes)
  • Tilda Swinton (39%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Liz’s Bracket:

Liz's Bracket: Emily Blunt vs Olivia Wilde

  • Emily Blunt (75%, 24 Votes)
  • Olivia Wilde (25%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Melissas’ Bracket

Melissa's Bracket- Juliette Binoche vs Julianne Moore

  • Julianne Moore (81%, 26 Votes)
  • Juliette Binoche (19%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Michael’s Bracket

Michael's Bracket- Anne Hathaway vs Emma Thompson

  • Anne Hathaway (55%, 18 Votes)
  • Emma Thompson (45%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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RED NOSE DAY USA is today! Live on NBC tonight at 8/7c

Red Nose Day, the U.K.’s #1 television fundraising event, is coming to America in a spectacular live star-studded special Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.

redNoseDay_marketingBand_learnMore_1080x350Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jodie Foster and more, are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives in an incredible “fun-raising” special. Featuring great comedy, videos produced by Funny Or Die, incredible music performances and Hollywood’s favorite stars, the benefit event will help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

RND_Tonight_350x467_v1Julianne Moore, Jack Black, Coldplay and Neil Patrick Harris will also appear, along with John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow and music sensations John Legend and “Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones and Simon Cowell will also be joining the fun, as well as Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Eichner, Martin Short, Laura Linney, Anna Kendrick, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, John Michael Higgins, Bill and Melinda Gates, Stephen Merchant, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales, Danny Pudi and Rob Huebel.

In addition, the star-studded event for charity will feature “Game of Thrones” cast members Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Iwan Rheon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Addy, John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Alfie Allen and Charlotte Hope.  “Orange is the New Black” cast Dascha Polanco, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Jackie Cruz will also be part of the charity special.

Nick CanonDancathonNick Cannon will kick off the festivities for NBC’s broadcast of “Red Nose Day” with “Red Nose Day Danceathon with Nick Cannon,” streaming live on NBC.com beginning Wednesday, May 20. “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon will attempt to dance non-stop for 24 hours in honor of the inaugural Red Nose Day celebration in the United States, leading into the “Red Nose Day” telecast on Thursday, May 21. Streamed live from the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Center in New York City, the day of dance will be filled with guest DJs and musicians, celebrity drop-ins, and a variety of dance acts and troupes. Viewers can support Cannon’s endeavor through sponsorship and donation.

DonateThe money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The money will be split between domestic and international poverty issues. The pre-selected charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

In the U.K., Red Nose Day has been a tradition for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe. With superstar presenters and comedians, original sketch comedy, hilarious film parodies and amazing musical performances, Red Nose Day has been one of the BBC’s highest-rated Friday night shows for many years and raised more than $1 billion in donations so far for organizations addressing poverty.

Created in 1985 by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones Diary,” “Notting Hill”), Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and increase awareness of poverty in order to save and change millions of lives.

Curtis is an executive producer for the NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart of Done + Dusted Productions. Henrietta Conrad and Lily Sobhani will also serve as executive producers, as will Mike Farah, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell from Funny Or Die. Hamilton is set to direct.

3 movie ideas & a draft of the casts – The Reel Big Show Studios

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Which actors & actresses would you draft for the perfect movie?

In this special edition of The Reel Big Show, Michael had the idea for the gang to choose a movie concept and then they would cast it, ala snake draft!

Here’s a few teasers, but you’ll have to listen to get the details!

  • Movie A: The Dear Johns – Four guys get dumped by their wives on the same day
  • Movie B: The Master Plan – Action/adventure/drama escape movie set during World War II
  • Movie C: 1940s era big band club comedy with a crime element

 

So which cast goes with which movie?

  • Cast #1: William H. Macy, Paul Giamatti, John C. Reilly, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Billy Murray
  • Cast #2: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Adrien Brody, Jon Hamm, Patton Oswalt, Zoe Saldana
  • Cast #3: Matthew McConaughey, Oscar Isaac, Dylan O’Brien, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hiddleston

If I Chose the Academy Award Winners and Nominees – 2015 edition

I’ve now seen most of the films that had a release in 2014. This makes me more qualified to vote for the Oscars than 97.548% of the Academy’s membership. With the Oscar ceremony occurring tonight, I’ve picked, as I have the previous two years, who I think the nominees and winners should be in the bulk of the major categories. Once again, the foreign film category will be left off because I simply haven’t had access to enough foreign films to make a comment on them. Those that have made it to my neck of the woods, I will say, have been very good for the most part. Read More →

Winners of the 20th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards Have Been Announced

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The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place last night at the Hollywood Palladium, hosted by Michael Strahan, broadcast live on A&E.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood as well as Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s Birdman were among the top winners along with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Read More →

Michael’s Review: ‘The Hunger Games Mockinjay Part 1’- Prelude to the End

f13719f8-6b3d-4bd5-ab18-4afe1651d211The Hunger Games film franchise has been one of the most popular in recent memory. From the first film on, the film’s premise has centered around murder and class warfare, but at the center of that bleakness was a beacon of hope, Katniss Everdeen, however, in Mockingjay Part 1, that hope takes a turn for the worse. Centered around the aftermath of the events of Catching Fire, we find our heroine at her darkest point, surrounded by a colony of freedom fighters and lost without the man whom she has grown to care for, Peeta. There’s a shadow looming over Katniss and a growing weigh upon her shoulders. The penultimate film in this franchise has moved on from the games and into the war. Read More →

POSTERS: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ District 13

TheCapitol.PN was hacked yesterday by the rebel underground, revealing six profound DISTRICT 13 CITIZEN POSTERS. These posters include some of our most courageous leaders from District 13: PRESIDENT COIN, FINNICK, PLUTARCH, BEETEE, EFFIE and HAYMITCH. Find all six posters below and visit DISTRICT13.CO.IN in an effort to help spread word to Panem that The Mockingjay Lives. 

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