A stranger's plight lodged itself in producer Paul Junger Witt's heart, pushing him for 25 years to bring the dramatized story to life on screen.
A Better Life, the result, is the rare Hollywood film that focuses on a Latino family in the United States and, rarer still, takes an intimate view of the price paid by illegal immigrants making their bid for the American dream.
The movie, opening in limited release July 15, is intended to be apolitical regarding the immigration issue, Witt said, but he wants it to spark more than ticket sales.
"I think people on both sides can politicize it and that's not unhealthy, because it will promote dialogue and discussion. This issue isn't going away," he said. "If that's one of the results of this film coming out, so be it. It needs to be talked about."
In the mid-1980s, a gardener working for Witt's neighbour in Los Angeles lost his truck to a thief. The neighbour offered to help file a police report but the gardener declined, admitting he was in the country illegally and couldn't risk contact with authorities.
What better way to celebrate Canada's birthday than a brand new trailer for an hilarious homegrown comedy? Okay...maybe you prefer fireworks, but I'll take giggling over "Kids in the Hall" vet Dave Foley any day. Maple Pictures' Servitude stars Foley and relative newcomer Joe Dinicol (Passchendaele, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) in a tale of frustrated waiters at a kitschy steakhouse. After finding out they're all to be fired, they decide to take over their restaurant for one final, glorious, revenge-filled night. Cue a ton of shenanigans, hijinx and enough pointed humour to make anyone in the customer service industry jealous. Along for the ride are a ton of familiar Canuck faces from Enrico Colantoni to Margot Kidder and Aaron Ashmore.
The film is scheduled to be screened at Montreal's Just for Laughs Film Festival on July 28 but until then, check out the brand new trailer and posters after the jump!
Transformers robots have lost some of their money-making power but delivered the biggest opening weekend domestically so far this year.
Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that Transformers: Dark of the Moon took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $109 million first weekend for 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Since opening Tuesday night, the new Transformers pulled in $162 million domestically through Sunday, a drop from $200.1 million for Revenge of the Fallen in its first five days.
Paramount estimates Dark of the Moon will hit $180.9 million domestically by the end of the long Fourth of July weekend Monday.
Dark of the Moon added $210 million overseas, giving the movie a worldwide total of $372 million through Sunday.
Not exactly a word you expect to hear from a guy who convincingly plays the lady-crazy centre of a haphazard murder plot in the upcoming killer comedy Horrible Bosses.
Or a guy who recently owned the stage as the tween-roasting, January-Jones-baby-daddy-teasing host of the MTV Movie Awards.
Or a guy who gives such good smarm.
But Kansas native Jason Sudeikis is all nice-guy demeanour when we speak at the Park Hyatt in Toronto to talk about his hysterical new movie and shows none of the cadish edge his recent characters, in movies like Hall Pass and Going the Distance, have proudly exuded.
In fact, he doesn't seem to have an edge at all and possesses not a spark of the desperate likability comedians can too often project. Instead he uses words like golly repeatedly and chooses his phrasing carefully, revealing a thoughtful guy who takes his job seriously and though funny – duh – doesn't need to make you laugh.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is well aware that after a decade as the world's most beloved, and famous, wizard, his next steps will be rather harshly scrutinized as he does his best to overcome the "child actor" label that turns many young thesps into footnotes and staples of nostalgic backward-looking TV shows.
And his recent admission that he's given up drinking seems to be a very smart first step in avoiding the fate that's consumed too many wealthy youngsters trying to manage a lifelong career in Hollywood.Radcliffe admitted to GQ UK that he gave up booze last August because he was becoming too dependent on liquor to have a good time.
"I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."
Anna Massey, the member of an acting dynasty whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died, her agent said Monday. She was 73.
Massey died Saturday after a battle with cancer, with her husband and son at her side, according to agent Pippa Markham.
The actress was born in 1937 into a performing family - her father was Canadian actor Raymond Massey and her mother British actress Adrianne Allen. Her brother Daniel Massey also became an actor, and her godfather was director John Ford.
Massey made her West End stage debut at 17 in The Reluctant Debutante and her film debut in Ford's 1958 police procedural Gideon's Day.
She had roles in films including Michael Powell's classic chiller Peeping Tom, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake is Missing, Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy and the 2002 adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, in which she played the comic governess Miss Prism.
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Charlie Day can't say no to a good scheme.
On "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the FX series Day stars in, writes and produces with Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, his character's exploits have included trying to sell barrels of gas to capitalize on high prices at the pump, saving up for retirement with Garbage Pail Kids cards, and attempting to resolve a real estate squabble with a flaming bag of poop.
In the new comedy film Horrible Bosses, opening Friday in Cineplex theatres, Day stars alongside Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis as a trio of friends who plot to murder their variously oppressive managers.
While Day's characters seldom lack enthusiasm for their exploits, their rate of success is - thankfully - close to nil.
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