Awards season is just around the corner, but not every December movie can be a winner. This week we've got a couple of clunkers and one shining star. Watch as the Buzz editors give you our two cents on Brothers, Up in the Air, and Everybody's Fine, and let us know your own thoughts in comments!
How cute is Robert De Niro in the trailer for Everybody's Fine? It's a rare treat to see the actor actor cuddling babies and lugging his suitcase around the country to visit his lovely but overly busy children. If only the movie were like that. It's the holidays, and I was kind of expecting to get a heartwarming family drama that reinforces how important relationships are, despite distance. That's not the case.
Everybody's Fine is a family drama, but with a series of depressing moments one after the other. De Niro plays patriarch and recent widower Frank Goode, the proud papa to kids played by Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell. The grown children are now scattered across the country, successful in their careers but too swamped to make the trip home. On a lonely whim, Frank packs his bag and embarks on a journey to come to each of them.
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The cast of Everybody's Fine hit the red carpet in NYC last night for a special East Coast screening after one last month in LA. Drew Barrymore went with a bright sequined number, while Kate Beckinsale posed for photos with her decked out daughter Lily Sheen. Robert De Niro brought along his wife Grace, while the other male star of the film, Sam Rockwell, smiled alongside their director Kirk Jones. Peter Facinelli, fresh from his recent Sirius interview, turned out to chat about his family Christmas plans.
Justin Long showed up to support Drew at the afterparty, though it looks like he spent lots of his time chuckling with Sam. The movie itself looks like it will contain a few laughs, judging by an early preview, as one of the many can't-miss movies hitting the big screen this month.
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December is always a very big month for movies; with just a few weeks left until awards season starts up, this time is seen as the last chance for filmmakers to show off their biggest works of the year. In the coming weeks there will be no shortage of highly anticipated films and top-notch performances. Let's take a look at my top 12 picks.
Robert De Niro had costars Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale by his side last night at the LA premiere of Everybody's Fine. Drew coordinated her bright red lips with a purple dress from the Victoria Beckham Collection, which Posh has even sported herself. Kate, meanwhile, showed off her sexy status in a short dress and high heels. Last night was all about their holiday movie, but Robert has another family-friendly film on the way — he's been hard at work on Little Fockers with new addition Jessica Alba.
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I kind of love every movie about grown children going home to their parents — Home for the Holidays, Junebug, The Family Stone. There's just so much fodder for humor and emotion.
But in Everybody's Fine, none of Robert De Niro's grown children go home to visit him, sending him on a journey to visit each one of his offspring. Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Beckinsale star as the trio of "kids" — pretty cute cast, right? You know what's even cuter? De Niro as a caring father and grandpa. Don't get me wrong — I love him in the heavy, dramatic stuff, but when I see him as a family man, I melt like butter. Family matters aren't always all lightness though, and it looks like we can expect some complicated interactions, too. Even if it's a bit sappy, I'm looking forward to this one.
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- I'm devastated by the news about Jeffrey Dean Morgan's split from Mary-Louise Parker, though JDM has some good news to console him: he's been cast alongside Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in All Good Things, according to Hollywood Reporter.
- Variety reports that Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell will star together in the family comedy Everybody's Fine.
- Before there's even a High School Musical 3, they're working on a fourth one! Though ComingSoon reports that No. 4 will be another TV movie, not released theatrically.
- If you want to be all nerdy-like (I sure did), the Wall Street Journal has posted a downloadable version of the Project Runway lawsuit.
- Yet another time I wish I were in Seattle: the Bumbershoot Festival lineup looks fantastic, with Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Neko Case and M. Ward among the confirmed acts listed in today's Billboard article.
- Meet the new Cupid: Bobby Cannivale has been cast in the lead in the Rob Thomas remake, Zap2it reports.
- According to Variety, Nim's Island — not Leatherheads — was the No. 2 movie at the box office over the weekend, coming in behind 21.
- The Tom Cruise WWII thriller Valkyrie has been pushed back even more, this time from an October 2008 release date to February 13, 2009, writes Hollywood Reporter.
- NME reports that Blondie is set to go on tour this summer.