What Hollywood can learn from the ending of ‘Breaking Bad’
“(Barbara) expects her relationship with Jon to be like the romantic movies that she watches, and she tries to make him into that kind of man. They’re both stuck in their expectations instead of accepting each other for who they are,” he added. “Don Jon,” rated R for its graphic sexual content and strong language, leads a wave of comedies taking the place of conventional romantic-comedies drawing audiences looking for warm feel-good films as the weather gets colder. Movies such as 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary” starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant that made $281 million worldwide, and 2006’s “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, which made $205 million at the global box office, demonstrated the power of romantic-comedies to bring in audiences. But in 2013, few traditional romantic comedies follow the traditional formula of boy meets girl in unlikely circumstances, falls in love and eventually lives happily ever after, a model that made films such as 1990’s “Pretty Woman” or 2001’s “The Wedding Planner” into romantic-comedy staples. “Rom-coms are not disappearing altogether, but there is a need for a novel approach … where the story-telling structure is different and doesn’t end with a woman and man just being happy,” said Lucas Shaw, film writer at TheWrap.com. COURTING MALE AUDIENCES Instead of romance, the fall season will see comedies such as “Bad Grandpa”, starring “Jackass” comedian Johnny Knoxville about an 86-year-old man traveling across America with his 8-year-old grandson, and “Last Vegas,” where four aging friends head to Sin City for a weekend of debauchery. The latter echoes the premise of the “Hangover” franchise spawned from four friends on a wild weekend in Las Vegas, with three films making more than $1 billion at the global box office. One romantic comedy vying for audiences this fall is British film “About Time,” about a man who can time travel, written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man behind hit romantic comedies including “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” The film starring Rachel McAdams has a 65 percent approval rating on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, but will go up against Marvel’s superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and drama “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and is likely to have low expectations at the box office. “Studios don’t seem to be courting female viewers as much as they should be. Too many of the movies this year are aimed at a younger male audience like (December’s) ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’,” Shaw said. What’s more, even female-led comedies such as 2011’s “Bridesmaids” and this summer’s “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, have shied away from cinematic romance traditions and instead shown women behaving badly, a popular theme at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shaw said it is reflective of women wanting to tell stories where they’re not always a damsel in distress or the sweet girl next door. But one director, fearing the demise of romantic comedies, was eager to bring it back.
Why Hollywood loves Iceland
Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of USA Weekend Max Irons is Hollywood royalty USA TODAY 3:36 a.m. EDT September 30, 2013 Meet King Edward IV of the miniseries The White Queen on Starz Max Irons as King Edward. Gallery still from Starz Network’s ten-episode Television series “The White Queen” Credit: Company Pictures (Photo: Company Pictures) SHARECONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE With Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons and noted Irish actress Sinead Cusack for parents, it’s no surprise that Max Irons, 27, is an actor. He plays King Edward IV in the miniseries The White Queen, now airing on Starz. It’s based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novel series The Cousins’ War. “Initially my parents were anxious because it’s such an unpredictable profession,” Irons says, “but when they saw I was serious they said, ‘The key is to keep working, keep learning. Don’t pay attention to the superficial side of the business. It’s very easy to get caught up in the hype. Don’t take yourself too seriously.” Irons credits his parents for “cutting me off financially when I was 18, although at the time, it was annoying.” Sometimes he just scraped by with non-acting jobs. His worst? “Bartending,” he says. “In England, when you get tips, it’s at the owner’s discretion whether or not you receive them. Ours would rather keep them herself.
And with it, Walts soul was revealed too and it was quite black. If only Dexter had a finale as true to its lead character. Over the years, the writers of the Showtime series turned their sociopath into too nice a guy. And in doing so, they struggled mightily to find a fitting end to the serial killers saga ( http://exm.nr/18ksMxR ). But no such thing happened on Breaking Bad. Show runner and creator Vince Gilligan kept a sure hand on his creation throughout its run. He and his staff never lost their focus on Walter White (played by the utterly incredible Bryan Cranston ). Very little got in the way of their clearheaded storytelling. No B stories, no secondary narratives; instead they kept a laser focus on this man who needed to matter in his life, no matter how much death hed cause in ensuring a legacy. In the final episode, White proved to every doubter in his world that he was a criminal mastermind worth being feared and revered. He tied up all the loose ends in his dangerous life. And he even did some good, though setting things right for his family and Jesse meant leaving an awful lot of bodies in the wake.
Tax incentives lure filmmakers, as the government operates a generous reimbursement program. Visiting film productions could get reimbursed up to 20 percent of their production costs while filming on Icelandic soil, a substantial benefit on films costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. To qualify for the rebate, filmmakers must establish a company in Iceland, or create an Icelandic branch of an existing company. The filmmakers then send details about the film to Iceland’s Ministry of Industry, along with an estimate of production costs. Eligible production costs do not include wages for employees who pay tax in another country. We wouldn’t stand a chance without this rebate, said Dagfinnsson. While Iceland’s environment is beautiful, it’s very unpredictable. Weather patterns change rapidly, and foreign production crews have to be ready for anything. During filming for Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, actors and crewmembers were in a battle against fierce winds. We were filming Walter Mitty August into September, said Dagfinnsson. We had strong winds coming down in September when cold glacier air meets warmer air.