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20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit by P.E.A. Films, Inc. alleging a breach of contract over the classic films “Last Tango in Paris” starring Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood‘s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “For a Few Dollars More.” P.E.A. Films owns the rights to these films, and seeks to terminate MGM's licenses, alleging that MGM failed to provide accurate and honest accounting statements with revenue and expenses for the films, nor did they provide timely payment of amounts due to P.E.A. They seek termination of their agreement »
- Jason Hughes
The four guys sitting around the lunch table in Beverly Hills have been business associates and friends for decades.
This includes the decade known as the ’70s, when lunchee Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote “Young Frankenstein” (1974) for fellow lunchees, former Fox studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. and the film’s producer, Michael Gruskoff, as well as longtime Ladd associate Jay Kanter, who once repped the likes of Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
But this is clearly Brooks’ show, a point he reinforces when Gruskoff tries to tell their guest about the day the two of them and star Gene Wilder pitched the “Young Frankenstein” project to the top brass at Columbia Pictures.
Gruskoff may have gotten through the first word of the first sentence but he quickly and wisely lets Brooks finish: “Let Me Tell The Story I Can Tell It Better Than You.”
“So everything was great, »
- Steven Gaydos
The Weinstein Company
Hollywood isn’t perfect. Far from it, in fact, as the studio system consistently makes huge mistakes and idiotic decisions that have more or less sealed their fate. The constant churn of shameless remakes, reboots and adaptations might have sapped all the creativity from the business and left it a shambling husk, a zombie famished for franchises, but it’s not like they haven’t made bad decisions in the past. The history of Hollywood is littered with huge screw ups that exist as warnings for future travellers, like those little messages people leave behind for fellow players in the video game Dark Souls. Marketing your movie like this will ensure it fails; don’t cast this one guy, he’s terrible and nobody likes him any more; maybe a film about Mel Gibson and a beaver hand puppet isn’t a great idea after all. That sort of thing. »
- Tom Baker
Everyone who is anyone has appeared in a comic book movie haven’t they? Well not quite.
Ever since Marlon Brando took a squillion dollars per second salary to play Jor-El in Superman The Movie the comic book genre has been seen as legitimate enough to attract the finest talent in the business. After all if it was good enough for Brando its good enough for anyone, and A-list actors are known for their fondness of squillion dollar salaries.
Despite Brando’s money-spinning trailblazing though there are still a few megastars out there who for one reason or another have yet to grace the cape and tights genre with their talents. What follows is a list of some of the greatest names in the business who have yet to earn their super-wings and a suggestion on who they could play if they ever do decide to play in the funny books sandbox. »
- Chris O'Malley
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
Waste Land, 2014.
Directed by Pieter Van Hees.
A Brussels homicide cop (Jérémie Renier) begins to lose control of his life as he tries to solve a bizarre murder.
A child peacefully sleeps in his bed while a rabbit nightlight glows on the floor creating the impression that you are looking at a painting; he is not alone in the room as his father watches over him with a grim expression. Surreal elements start to creep in as desolate Brussels has the occasional sleeping inhabitant stretched out on benches or dozing in cars while a riverbed which contains a discarded wing back chair encounters a strong wind.
The father leaves his wife who is a teacher and son at school; he turns out to be a police inspector who gets to role play the victim at »
- Trevor Hogg
Famous film critic Roger Ebert once said, “for me the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” It’s great actors who carve characters from stone that we identify and empathize with, and then they have the power to break our hearts when tragedy strikes.
Since Marlon Brando took acting to another level in the 1950s, actors like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep with their methods have taken our immersion in cinema and our believability in characters one step further, making films much more intense experiences. It’s in those single moments in which they break our hearts where they earn their place in film history.
Particularly heart-breaking scenes are absolutely unforgettable and often leave us with our lasting impression of the film. The more powerful the scene, the more »
- Jack Moulton
Apocalypse Now star Marlon Brando was "like a kid, very irresponsible," said director Francis Ford Coppola at an Aug. 29 Telluride Film Festival panel celebrating the 35th anniversary of his Vietnam War classic, whose $31 million budget — $110 million in 2014 dollars — Coppola had to finance himself at 17 percent interest, which meant that Brando's behavior could have bankrupted him. The panel, hosted by Scott Foundas, featured winners of a dozen Oscars: producer Fred Roos, editor Walter Murch, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and writer John Milius. Since Brando — like co-star Dennis Hopper, who shunned showers and
- Tim Appelo
During the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Miley Cyrus used her platform to raise awareness of homeless youth, but attentions also turned in on her awards show guest this week. The pop star, in lieu of delivering an acceptance speech for her Video Of The Year win for "Wrecking Ball," sent up her new friend Jesse to speak about his experience of living homeless. Cyrus directed fans to her website to learn more about Los Angeles non-profit My Friend's Place and to learn more about the plight of poverty and homelessness in America. But Jesse -- identified Jesse Helt, 22, this week -- actually has a warrant out for his arrest in his homestate Oregon, for violating probation. According to the Associated Press, he'd previously been arrested (as a juvenile) for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. Court documents said he'd broken into an apartment of a man "who had been »
- Katie Hasty
In The Drop, Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini play two Brooklyn cousins trying to make ends meet on the fringe of gangster life without sticking their necks out too far. Gandolfini, in what is his final onscreen performance, plays Cousin Marv, the manager of the seedy bar who once was respected and feared in the neighborhood but now settles for something less. Hardy plays Bob, the detached bartender who sees and hears nothing while he makes the nightly money drops that keep the business alive.
But when Bob finds an abandoned puppy and meets a pretty woman (Noomi Rapace), his »
- Jeff Labrecque
Marlon Brando was, quite possibly, the last celebrity we expected to be imitated on last night’s MTV Video Music Awards — to wit, this was a show that included an homage to that time that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore matching denim outfits, so that’s the direction things were headed early on — but there it was, a callback to forty-one years ago, delivered care of Miley Cyrus. No, you’re not hallucinating. Cyrus picked up the Moon Man for Video of the Year for her “Wrecking Ball” (a song that I, somewhat begrudgingly, really like), but although she stood up when her name was announced, she ultimately pushed a tall young man to the stage to accept her award from a charmingly bewildered Jimmy Fallon, who was dressed as if he had been shaken out of a Miami Vice box set. Jesse identified himself as a homeless youth, and »
- Kate Erbland
Source: Getty / Christopher Polk/MTV1415 Miley Cyrus turned her acceptance speech at the 2014 MTV VMAs into an opportunity to raise awareness about homeless youth in La. When Miley was named the winner of the best video award, the singer started walking to the stage with a young man but stopped short of the stage and instead chose to hang back while he walked alone. Miley's guest, named Jesse, then went on to make a speech about the homelessness issue in La, including noting that he himself had been homeless. At one point, the young man struggled to get through his speech and Jimmy Fallon, who presented the award, reached out to help steady the microphone in his hands. (Miley watched from near her seat and began tearing up in the middle of Jesse's speech.) After Jesse's speech, Miley's Facebook page shared a video by the star, urging fans to donate to My Friend's Place, »
What a difference a year makes: Last year, Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards as twerker-in-chief (she left that this year to Nicki Minaj). This year, she’ll be remembered as head humanitarian. Taking a page from a book written before she was born— In 1973, when Marlon Brando has Sacheen Littlefeather decline his Oscar for “The Godfather” and use the time to talk about the American Indian Movement— Cyrus ceded her acceptance speech time for Video of the YEar (for “Wrecking Ball”) to Jesse, a homeless youth, who made a plea for help for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States. Cyrus looked on, welling up, as Jesse talked about how he had “the same dreams that many of you here tonight,” before directing people to Cyrus’ website. There, Cyrus has posted a video asking people to donate to My Friend’s Place, »
- Melinda Newman
We’ve heard all the insane rumours and scandals attached to the ill-fated 1996 remake of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau. How director Richard Stanley spent four years developing the project only to be fired after four days of shooting and replaced by John Frankenheimer and how headliner Marlon Brando impacted on that decision…
Helmed by Severin’s David Gregory, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau is an intriguing look at the intricacies and fragility of film-making in Hollywood – the battle between creativity, money and power. For the first time the cast and crew recount what really happened on the set of the film and why it all went so spectacularly wrong.
- Phil Wheat
Even though scripts play an incredibly important part of the movie making process, sometimes a little improvisation is just what a movie scene needs to take it from good to great. CineFix has put together a fantastic video that highlights the 10 greatest improvised scenes in film history. I think they did a great job putting this together, and I can't think of anything that I would add to it. Check it out! I've included the list of films mentioned in the video below.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not learning their lines, we can’t fault what came of it in this instance… »
- Joey Paur
One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately »
- Clark Collis
I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.
Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »
- Heather Wixson
At the end of Manhattan, perhaps Woody Allen’s masterpiece, he lies on a couch and lists all the things that make life worth living. As a twelve-year-old, I thought it was the coolest and hippest list I’d ever heard. Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato-head Blues, Swedish movies, Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne, the crabs at Sam Wo’s, and Tracy’s face. But as I’ve gotten older, I see that list differently. It’s a list to reaffirm a sense of self. […] »
- Noah Buschel
Four years after taking a foodie road trip around northern England and giving us endlessly spot on celebrity impression after celebrity impression, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back again playing trumped up versions of themselves, but this time in Italy.
The name basically says it all, and the film itself makes no pretense about it being nearly a carbon copy of the first film with a few details flipped and fudged around. This seemingly redundant method of going about a sequel almost always cripples those second films stupid enough not to acknowledge what was so great about the first installment, and much like this year’s winking and hilarious 22 Jump Street—with its knowing nods and meta-commentary on what it means to do the same damn thing all over again—The Trip to Italy captures what was essential about the first time around and embraces it, making this »
- Sean Hutchinson
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