Roadside Attractions

Soundtrack Scene: Miss You Already

Diane Warren could very well win her first Oscar this year for “Till It Happens to You,” which she wrote alongside Lady Gaga for Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground. But will the seven-time Academy Award nominee enjoy her first year of multiple nominations – and join the likes of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Elton John and Tim Rice, Henry Kreiger, and A.R. Rahman?

Warren contributes two new tracks to Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already: “The Crazy Ones” by Paloma Faith and “What We Leave Behind” by Labrinth. The dramedy stars Drew Barrymore and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette as best friends in different, life-changing situations – pregnancy and cancer, respectively.

Looking at the song titles and the fact that Warren wrote them, we’re expecting, for lack of more professional language, a heavy dose of the feels. With these songs, Miss You Already may be more of a tearjerker than we’d expected.

Miss You Already makes its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will give the film a limited stateside bow on Nov. 6.


Oscar Picks: Compton Dominates


Hey all! Back for my first predictions update in about two weeks!

In case you missed them, here are some news bits that may prove relevant during the awards season:

Straight Outta Compton topped the U.S. box office this past weekend. With a massive opening of $60.2 million and rave reviews, F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic looks to get the campaign treatment from Universal Pictures. At this point, Jason Mitchell’s turn as Eazy-E looks like Compton’s safest bet for a nomination.

Joel Edgerton’s The Gift surprised the prior weekend. The film opened to about $11.85 million from a production budget of $5 million. The psychological thriller scored some strong critical reception, too. Maybe writer-director Edgerton’s supporting performance gains some traction?


Miss You Already Hits on Nov. 6

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already on Nov. 6. Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette lead as lifelong besties whose friendship hits a snag as the former struggles to conceive while the latter battles breast cancer.

The dramedy was announced for a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier today. With a November release and a TIFF bow, this may be Collette’s first time at bat since The Sixth Sense (1999) – and Barrymore’s first-ever time in the ring.

While Collette’s role looks like the winner on paper, consider that Barrymore won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the telefilm Grey Gardens (2009), though her co-star – two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange – won the Emmy earlier in the year. While that was a few years ago, it shows that the industry loves Barrymore; if this project is a winner, maybe she’ll win, too.

Category fraud may rear its ugly head with Miss You Already, but let’s hope for the best.

Oscar Picks: Room for Truth?


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In case you missed them, here are some news bits that may prove relevant during the awards season:

Beasts of No Nation, Black Mass, The Danish Girl, and Spotlight are all slated for the Venice Film Festival; Everest will open the fest. Meanwhile, the Toronto lineup includes the world premieres of Freeheld, The Martian, and Stonewall, the North American premieres of Danish and Youth, and the Canadian premieres of Mass, Brooklyn, Sicario, Son of Saul, and Spotlight.

The New York Film Festival selects Steve Jobs as its centerpiece gala; The Walk and Miles Ahead will open and close the fest, respectively.


Box Office: Game Over for Pixels?

pixels_picA photo from Chris Columbus’ Pixels (via GameZone)

Over the Weekend…

As Chris Columbus’ Pixels concludes, the words “Game Over” appear on the screen. A clear reference to the film we’ve just seen – in which software installer Adam Sandler, POTUS Kevin James (yes, you read that correctly), incarcerated Peter Dinklage, and conspiracy theorist Josh Gad (all former video-game champs) and Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Monaghan battle aliens via real-life, large-scale video games – it’s also quite prescient.

Pixels debuted in second place with a less-than-animated $24 million. Early projections, which ranged from $29 to $39 million, suggested a box-office victory. Better numbers would have paved the way for longer box-office legs, which could have landed Pixels‘ nostalgia-heavy execution of its video game-centric concept in Oscar’s initial visual-effects bakeoff. (more…)

Stonewall Set for September

" STONEWALL " Photo by Philippe BossePhoto by Philippe Bosse, from Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall (via Entertainment Weekly)

Roadside Attractions has set Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall for release on Sept. 25. The film uses the fictional Danny Winters (played by Jeremy Irvine), who runs away to New York’s Stonewall Inn in 1969 after being kicked out of his home, to address the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which launched the stateside movement for queer rights. Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Ron Perlman also star.


Oscar Predictions 2015: Chi-Raq and Trainwreck Enter the Fray

Hey all! Back for another predictions update!

In case you missed them, here are some news bits that may prove relevant during the awards season:

Photo (via TIME) by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

Amazon Studios to give Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq Oscar-qualifying run in December. The film, based on the classical Greek comedy Lysistrata, will have an official opening after the new year. The theatrical release will precede its streaming debut, in order to avoid a Beasts of No Nation-esque conflict. The film focuses on a woman (played by Teyonah Parris) who goes on a sex strike to protest black-on-black gun violence in Chicago.

The Amy Schumer-led, Judd Apatow-helmed Trainwreck soars. The acclaimed comedy surpassed its mid-teens expectations with $30.2 million – the second-best for an Apatow film, just behind Knocked Up (2007)’s $30.9 million debut. Universal Pictures may push Schumer’s original screenplay for awards consideration; the actress-writer may also find herself in the best-actress conversation – at least at the Golden Globes, right?

Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes wins the specialty box office. The film, led by Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes battling senility and grappling with an unsolved case, made $2.49 million from just 363 locations. If the drama continues to succeed in the coming weeks, we may have another legitimate contender for the best actor Oscar.

Fox Searchlight sets Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition for April 6, 2016. With Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead and Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper in supporting roles, this looked like another awards magnet for Vallée, but maybe this will be a commercial hit next year. The distributor still has contenders in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, and Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America.

Sony Pictures Classics pulls The Lady in the Van from its 2015 slate. Once set for limited release on December 11, the drama looked like an Oscar vehicle for Maggie Smith, who reprises her Olivier Award-nominated role as a woman who lived in a man’s driveway for 15 years. No word on a new release date, but I imagine it will make its mark early next year. SPC probably pushed Lady back to make room for other best-actress contenders.

Now, this week’s predictions: