‘Asteroid City’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Leads Stacked Ensemble That Gets Marooned in Cloying Wes Anderson Whimsy
New additions to the director’s informal repertory company in this cosmic comedy about love, family and precocious geniuses also include Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, Hong Chau and Margot Robbie.
Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda Get Rowdy on Bachelorette Trip to Italy in ‘Book Club: The Next Chapter’ Trailer
Four best friends head to Italy for a bit of hedonistic adventure in the full trailer for Book Club: The Next Chapter. Focus Features’ sequel to the 2018 film Book Club hits theaters May 12 with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen reprising their roles from the original. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson […]
Aliens and Tom Hanks Abound in Trailer for Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’
An alien movie by way of Wes Anderson — the trailer for Asteroid City is here. The spot (below) for Anderson’s latest feature, which takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955, stars Scarlett Johansson as a movie star, Tom Hanks as an ornery grandfather and Jason Schwartzman as a recent widower trying […]
Alexander Payne’s ‘The Holdovers’ Sets Thanksgiving Release Date in Theaters
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers is hoping to feast at the 2023 Thanksgiving box office. The period dramedy — reuniting the filmmaker with his Sideways star Paul Giamatti — will first launch in a handful of theaters Nov. 10 before opening nationwide on Nov. 22, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Focus Features announced Thursday. Specialty […]
‘Inside’ Review: Willem Dafoe Adds Another Tortured Soul to His Portrait Gallery in a Suffocating Intellectual Exercise
Greek director Vasilis Katsoupis’ first dramatic feature is a high-concept thriller about a master art thief trapped in a luxury New York penthouse that turns on him.
‘A Thousand and One’ Review: Teyana Taylor Powerfully Embodies a Woman’s Fight to Keep Home and Family Together
Writer-director A.V. Rockwell’s feature debut is a volatile account of a mother-son relationship set against the vivid backdrop of rapidly gentrifying 1990s New York.
‘Glass Onion,’ ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Production Designers on Designing Perfect Living Spaces for Their Characters
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix) Rian Johnson’s whodunit is set during the pandemic in 2020 on the private Greek island estate of the character Miles Bron (Edward Norton) — a villa location on the Peloponnese peninsula that was enhanced with VFX to appear as an island in the Ionian Sea with a glass, […]
‘Spoiler Alert’ Review: Jim Parsons Brings Heart and Conviction to Michael Showalter’s Rom-Com Tearjerker
Ben Aldridge co-stars in this moving adaptation of TV journalist Michael Ausiello’s relationship memoir, also featuring Sally Field and Bill Irwin.
Gotham Awards: Focus Execs on How New York Shaped Their Artist-First Storytelling Approach
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski and vice chairman Jason Cassidy have spent decades in the film industry. Several of their formative years were in New York, and now, as their company celebrates its 20th anniversary, the execs — now based in L.A. — are being honored with an industry tribute by the Gotham Awards. It […]
Focus Features Chairman, Vice Chairman to Receive Gotham Awards’ Industry Tribute
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski and vice chairman Jason Cassidy will be honored with the industry tribute award at the 2022 Gotham Awards. Kujawski joined Focus when it was formed and became its chairman in 2016 while Cassidy joined Focus as marketing president in 2016 and was elevated to vice chairman of the company in […]
Nida Manzoor Movie ‘Polite Society’ Lands Late April 2023 Release
Nida Manzoor’s action-comedy Polite Society will open in theaters on April 28, 2023, following its U.K. debut April 7, Focus Features and Working Title announced Tuesday. Focus Features will distribute the film domestically, while Universal Pictures will handle international duties. The film marks the first feature directed by Manzoor, creator of the critically acclaimed series […]
A.V. Rockwell Movie ‘A Thousand And One’ Lands March 2023 Release
A.V. Rockwell’s feature directorial debut A Thousand and One will be released in theaters on March 31, 2023. The drama stars multi-hyphenate Teyana Taylor. Focus is handling the film domestically in partnership with Sight Unseen, Makeready and Hillman Grad Productions. Universal Pictures will release the movie overseas. The story follows unapologetic and free-spirited Inez (Taylor), […]