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Aimed at movie buffs, “Profiles” co-hosts Alicia Malone (Movie Juice) and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) are two admitted ardent film geeks who take deep online video dives on filmmakers and movie stars. A cross between “Biography,” “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “At the Movies," "Profiles" aims to entertain and inform with trivia, a countdown of their subject's best movies, and an interview with either the subject or someone close to them, on the phone or on-camera. Talking about Jack Nicholson for example, was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" producer Michael Douglas. So far the enthusiastic duo has profiled Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, John Williams, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Lynch, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, The Beatles, Cameron Crowe, Pixar »
- Anne Thompson
Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
Francis Ford Coppola is among the few living filmmakers to whom "inimitable" truly applies. A recent chat with Insdorf for 92Y's Reel Pieces series spans his life and career, from mounting the titanic production of "Apocalypse Now" to his latest project "Distant Vision," a live semi-autobiographical novella-length film wrought in real-time on the 6,000-square-foot soundstage at Oklahoma City Community College. The live cinema project screened earlier this month. Highlights include a reminiscence of his grandfather, Agostino, an assessment of the future of film and a deep-dive into Marlon Brando, who ran afoul on the set of "Apocalypse Now" and who, as told by Brando himself in Stevan Riley's innovative documentary "Listen to Me Marlon" (July 29), actually took the script from Coppola's hands and rewrote it. Read More: How Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Outsiders' Got Made, with Help from School Librarian »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Dick Van Patten was a man who loved to work. That much is clear from a look at his eight decades in showbiz as documented in the pages of Variety.
Even when he was toplining a hit series, ABC’s “Eight is Enough,” Van Patten never stopped taking on guest shots, TV movies, specials, hosting gigs for industry events and endless fundraisers. His resume ranged from working on stage with Lunt and Fontanne in the 1940s to out-there 1970s films such as “Westworld,” “Soylent Green” and “Zachariah” to “message” TV programs such as 1979’s “Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker” and “This One For Dad.”
Here are some little-known facts about the long and varied career of the actor who died Tuesday at the age of 86.
Van Patten’s first mention in Variety came in the Jan. 24, 1946, edition of Daily Variety in a page-one report on the return of Alfred Lunt »
- Cynthia Littleton
Criterion releases actor turned director Bernhard Wicki’s feature film debut The Bridge for the very first time on Region 1. Though he directed a mid-length film the year before, Why Are They Against Us?, it would be his next project, arriving in 1959, that would come to be known as the first anti-war film to come out of Germany, as well as the nation’s first post-war film to reach international recognition and critical acclaim. It would go on to win the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in the Us, and it secured an Academy Award Nomination in the same category (losing out to Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus).
The title paved the way for a short-lived English language career for Wicki, but more importantly, stood as the platform upon which the burgeoning New German Cinema auteurs would proliferate, precipitating Volker Schlondorff’s own 1966 debut, Young Torless, a much darker »
- Nicholas Bell
Maya Forbes’ big-screen memoir, Infinitely Polar Bear, is a movie about family that is also sweet enough to be a family film. Dedicated to the writer/director’s parents, it is one of the more accessible titles available that deals with manic depression and mental illness. However, that should not be a slight against it. An outstanding cast, led by a superb Mark Ruffalo and scene-stealing turns from the two newcomers who play his stubborn-headed daughters, elevate the film’s somewhat digestible portrait of bipolar disorder.
Ruffalo plays Cameron Stuart, a free-spirited kid raised with a silver spoon who was later kicked out of Harvard. On campus in the late 1960s, he met the bohemian Maggie (Zoe Saldana), with whom he soon started a family. Their two daughters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide), have learned how to react to a manic-depressive dad. They do not mind when Cameron »
- Jordan Adler
Anjelica Huston's autobiography is a beautifully written evocation of time and place, but provides scant personal insight...
Autobiographies are a strange business. I'm never sure whether we, the readers, want to experience exactly what the writer has experienced, or if we're looking for more - a level of extrapolation, of objectivity, hoping that the writer can point out their highs and lows and say, "This is where it all went right, and this is where it didn't." Are we trying to live a little bit of a different person's life, or learn from it?
Or maybe there's a simpler option, and we just like reading about famous people. If that's the case, then Anjelica Huston's memoir, A Story Lately Told, is a very good read. Her father, the film director John Huston, gave her an childhood filled with trips abroad, movie sets, actors and writers and singers that are names we all know, »
Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.
Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.
"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »
- Gary Susman
Did you know that Marlon Brando hosted a ten-day acting class in 2002? Did you know that some of the biggest stars in Hollywood were there? And did you know that it sounds absolutely nuts? Now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, you do. The mag has the story of Brando's acting workshop, which the actor cooked up as a scheme to help pay for the upkeep on his Tahitian island. In attendance were actors like Edward James Olmos, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Pete Coyote, Jon Voight, and Leonardo DiCaprio (who left after one day), who all mixed with young drama students. Here's how THR sums up the sessions:During one of the sessions, a troupe of little people and a team of Samoan wrestlers — Brando somehow had wrangled all of them to the warehouse on the same day — did improvisation exercises together on the stage. Another time, Brando plucked a »
- Nate Jones
We’ve already outlined seven documentaries about the biz every actor should see. Here now are seven more with a biographical focus. Ever wanted a peek inside how the industry’s most iconic performers became successful? Some very skilled documentarians have gone out to provide that peek for you—check out the biographical films below and learn from the greats! “Listen to Me Marlon”In the trailer below, you can hear one of the big screen’s most distinct voices say, “Hit ’em, knock ’em over—with an attitude, with a word, with a look.” Despite his status as the 20th century’s most heralded actor, Marlon Brando never divulged much about his personal life, let alone his deepest secrets. Until now, that is; director Stevan Riley weaves the many audio clips Brando left behind into a cinematic portrait of a legend that had Sundace audiences raving. It’s sure to knock you over. »
This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Some memories of the event — like the exact address of the warehouse in Hollywood where it took place — are a little hazy. It was, after all, 13 years ago. But nobody who was part of that extraordinary 10-day acting workshop ever will forget a single detail about Marlon Brando's entrance. About 20 young acting students and a dozen established stars — including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Edward James Olmos, Whoopi Goldberg and Harry Dean Stanton
- Benjamin Svetkey
Read More: Watch: Trailer And Clip For Marlon Brando Documentary 'Listen To Me Marlon' A new trailer for Showtime's upcoming Marlon Brando documentary, "Listen to Me Marlon," presents a sentimental take on the complicated life of the legendary actor. The documentary chronicles the tumultuous life of Brando from the very beginning, exploring his rise to fame, his subsequent struggle to balance his public life and his private life, and his storied personal life plagued by rumors and affairs that often dominated conversation surrounding his character and reputation. "Listen to Me Marlon" takes an emotional snapshot of the origins of the genius acting skills for which Brando is known, shedding light onto the life of the man behind the legend. "Listen to Me Marlon" comes out in select theaters on July 29. Read More: New Directors/New Films Review: Gripping 'Listen To Me Marlon' Reveals The Man Behind »
- Meredith Mattlin
Listen To Me Marlon Trailer and Poster. Stevan Riley‘s Listen To Me Marlon (2015) movie trailer, movie poster stars Marlon Brando. Listen To Me Marlon‘s plot synopsis: “With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon’s perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life.”
- Marco Margaritoff
“Hit 'em! Knock 'em over! With an attitude, with a word, with a look. Be surprising, figure out a way to do it that has never been done before.” Those are the words of Marlon Brando, talking about his approach as an actor. Later this summer, in select theaters, you will be able to hear more of Brando’s voice in the upcoming documentary, “Listen to Me Marlon.” The doc has the actor narrating his life story in his own words, which include gems like the above quote. And, in effect, we will be getting a much clearer and deeper understanding of the man than we’ve ever had before. Brando was already considered a legend when he passed away in 2004. That sentiment has only grown in the decade since. But as legendary as Brando was, there was also a mystery around him. That mystery and legend only grew during »
- Ken Guidry
Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary that tells the story of the great Marlon Brando. Unlike so many profile documentaries, however, this one is based primarily on material from the late Brando’s own archives, including audio and video recordings made by the actor — so this is Brando taking you on a tour through his […]
The post ‘Listen to Me Marlon’ Trailer: Brando Narrates His Life appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
"Everybody's got something they're hiding." Showtime has debuted the first official trailer for Listen to Me Marlon, the fantastic new documentary from Stevan Riley profiling the life and mind of legendary actor Marlon Brando. This documentary delves into the mind of Marlon using his own audio recordings, his own voice, to tell you the story of the real Marlon Brando, who he was, why he didn't like the spotlight, the family he raised. It's a wonderful documentary (I first saw this at Nd/Nf) that really gets into his mind, deep into who he is and explores a side of him you've never seen before. Whether you're a fan of Brando or not, this is a fascinating and must see doc. Start with the trailer and be sure to catch it when it's in theaters. Here's the first official trailer for Stevan Riley's Listen to Me Marlon, in high »
- Alex Billington
After playing romantic ‘Rana’ in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Piku’, Irrfan Khan’s next release is one of Hollywood’s biggest and most awaited films ‘Jurassic World’ playing the legendary, cool, talented and flamboyant park owner Mr. Simon Masrani. This makes us wonder which other Hollywood characters Irrfan would be incredible in , and here is a list:
Steven Spielberg’s romantic comedy ‘The Terminal’ is a heart-touching tale of Viktor Navorski who lands at an airport in the United States of America, only to find that his passport is no longer valid due to the outbreak of a civil war in Krakozhia, his homeland. The role originally played by Tom Hanks requires an actor who can showcase his expressions clearly without saying much and Irrfan is someone who can do just that. His role in ‘The Lunchbox’ as well as in ‘Piku’ has shown us his immense »
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The Hamptons International Film Festival has lined up two Sundance alums and one SXSW film for its annual SummerDocs series of documentary screenings, launching with Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s TV news tale “Best of Enemies.”
“Best of Enemies,” which premiered at Sundance, centers on the 1968 debates that aired on ABC between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and Democrat Gore Vidal, events that became foundational moments in the advent of pundit TV. Dick Cavett and the film’s two directors will be on hand for a public conversation following the film’s SummerDocs screening July 11.
- Variety Staff
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
A lot has happened. This is a brief overview of the best and funniest parts from last week.
Over the weekend, John Oliver begged big international brands and sponsors like Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Visa to force Sepp Blatter to resign. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert announced the band leader, New Orleans legend Jon Batiste. Plus, Jen Kirkman got raw on life and face-eating with Conan, Seth Meyers had some good Jeb Bush jokes and talked well with Alan Cumming, and lots more.
John Oliver again skewers FIFA amid a new international football corruption scandal.
Of the many FIFA officials indicted this week on corruption, bribery, racketeering, »
- Max Wood
Before emerging as complex ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad,” which led to his powerful turn in the same role on this year’s “Better Call Saul,” Jonathan Banks was best known for his Emmy-nominated work as Frank McPike in the 1980s series “Wiseguy” and his sharply etched tough guys and villains on TV and in hit films from “48 Hrs.” and “Beverly Hills Cop” to “Identity Thief.” His first brush with Variety came in the June 24, 1974, Daily for the Los Angeles stage production of “A Little Night Music.”
Before you became one of the hardest working men in films and TV, you trod the boards.
My first paycheck in the business was the Brown County Playhouse in 1967. I thought I was the cat’s a–. It was the summer theater at the University of Indiana, where I graduated.
How long did you work in theater?
When I got out of school, »
- Steven Gaydos
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