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Is Paramount Pictures ready for a major comeback? Addressing press yesterday at a special preview of the company’s upcoming slate, studio chief Brad Grey reassured the crowd that despite a bumpy 2016 (box office misfires include “Ben-Hur,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows” and “Zoolander 2”), Paramount was ready to thrive again and has saved the very best for last. Over the next two months, Paramount will release three major titles, each coming from a heavyweight director and being watched closely by Oscar pundits: Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied,” Denzel Washington’s “Fences” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.”
The latter is perhaps the most anticipated of the lot. “Silence” has been a passion project for Martin Scorsese over the last 28 years, but the challenging subject matter (Jesuit priests spreading the gospel of Christianity in feudal Japan) has made its »
- Zack Sharf
In “By Sidney Lumet,” a documentary portrait of the late director who was one of the defining filmmakers of the ’70s — but whose ability to charge a scene with dark moral turbulence and excitement was right there, from his first feature, “12 Angry Men,” in 1957 — Lumet tells an extraordinarily candid story about an event that shaped and changed his entire worldview. He was a young man in the military, in Calcutta, when he saw that a group of his fellow soldiers were inside a train compartment sexually abusing a young girl. “Do I do anything about this?” he thought. He knew the answer was yes, that he should try to stop this hideous crime, but he lacked the courage to do so. Instead of acting, he simply let it happen.
To any Lumet watcher, it’s obvious that the story fuses with themes that run through his work: the preoccupation with corruption, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Last week, “The Simpsons” celebrated its 600 episode, proving that it can still make fans laugh for over 28 seasons. The hit Fox animated series continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything, including “Making a Murderer.”
Fox released a snippet of Sunday’s upcoming episode, “Trust but Clarify,” which pokes fun at the Netflix docuseries in an episode of “The Itchy and Scratchy Show” titled “Mousetrapping a Murderer.”
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The less-than-a-minute clip begins mimicking the “Making a Murderer” title sequence and shows mouse traps, a portrait of Itchy’s family and him holding a bloody knife behind his back. It then shows Scratchy going up to the murderous mouse before being attacked.
“After all these years Itchy must face his punishment for killing Scratchy,” reads the description for the clip. »
- Liz Calvario
To star in nearly 170 films in your career is an incredible feat, and to have your performances influence the works of Hollywood giants like Clint Eastwood and George Lucas is almost unimaginable. That is, unless, you’re Toshiro Mifune.
From Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki comes “Mifune: The Last Samurai,” a new documentary that chronicles the life of the famed Japanese actor, narrated by Keanu Reaves. Included in his resume are “Rashomon” and “Seven Samurai” (two of the sixteen collaborations with director Akira Kurosawa), and Hiroshi Inagaki’s “Samurai Trilogy.”
In the latest trailer for the upcoming film, fellow actors, directors and film aficionados discuss Mifune’s incredible impact on both Japanese and American cinema, as well as the actor’s battle with alcoholism. Included in the film are interviews with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, who notes, »
- Mark Burger
In his latest effort to protect and preserve motion picture history, Martin Scorsese proudly presented the latest restoration of “One-Eyed Jacks” at the 54th New York Film Festival, the only film directed by Marlon Brando. The restoration was helmed by The Film Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to film restoration founded by Scorsese himself, and played at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival before making its way to New York.
“This is visually stunning, what he did,” said Scorsese in his introduction. He later comments on how the film world was abuzz when Brando stepped into the director’s chair, which he did only after the initial director, Stanley Kubrick, left the production before filming began. Rumors began to spread about lengthy, obsessive shooting process, and even the existence of a five-hour cut of film. »
- Mark Burger
Screenwriter and author C. Robert Cargill is no stranger to the creepy, the weird and the just plain bonkers, thanks to his work on the chilling “Sinister” film franchise and his popular “Dreams and Shadows” fantasy book series. And next month, things are going to get all the more strange — so sorry — when Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange” hits the big screen, co-written by Cargill himself.
But if you can’t wait until November 4 to check out what the Texas native has been working on, you can check out a brand new short, penned by Cargill and directed by Nikhil Bhagat, that harnesses some of the scribe’s greatest strengths, including an evocative setting, a complex leading character and some unexpected twists.
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In the short, “As They Continue to Fall,” Cargill and Bhagat introduce us to an »
- Kate Erbland
It’s quite the time to be alive for Amy Adams fans. On the heels of the final trailer for Denise Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” which has thrown Adams into the thick of the Best Actress Oscar race, a new trailer has debuted for “Nocturnal Animals.” The second feature form designer-turned-director Tom Ford, and his first since “A Single Man” six years ago, “Nocturnal Animals” is based on the 1993 Austin Wright novel “Tony and Susan.” The crime drama/melodrama hybrid divided critics at Venice and Tiff, though most agree the performances are stellar.
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Adams plays a Los Angeles artist who’s unhappy with her job and marriage. She receives a manuscript from her ex-husband (Gyllenhaal), who she hasn’t seen in nearly 19 years, and begins devouring the text, which Ford brings to life in a duel storyline. »
- Zack Sharf
Hollywood is filled with movies honoring working people and labor unions. I like labor unions but not everyone does – and well, labor unions (or union leaders) haven’t always been perfect. On Labor Day, we ran a pro-labor list but to reflect that other viewpoint, this edition of Throwback Thursday focuses on a Labor Behaving Badly list – films about bad or crooked union bosses, strikes gone wrong, workers behaving badly, and even a few anti-union films.
On The Waterfront (1954)
This excellent drama from director Elia Kazan is the gold standard of this kind of film, with a corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb) who have become a virtual dictator, treating the union like his own little army to do his bidding. One man, Terry Malone (Marlon Brando), stands up to him and breaks the power of the boss. Bad behavior indeed, and one heck of a good movie.
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Union corruption, »
- Cate Marquis
Money-saving experts Voucherbox recently took a look at how fashion classics have changed over the years. And reading it is a bit of an eye-opener to be honest; I didn’t realise that trends can both change rapidly and date back so far in history. Many of these trends went off the roof thanks to blockbuster movies: just think of James Bond and his various tuxedos, Marlon Brando and his Levi’s 501s-Schott Perfecto combination in 1951 hit The Wild One, Michael J. Fox and his black Chuck Taylors in Back To The Future… you name it. The 90th Anniversary of the Lbd
The Fabulous Movie History of the Iconic Little Black Dress »
- Nat Berman
With a release date finally set for Martin Scorsese‘s long-gestating Silence — thankfully just two months away — we should be getting the trailer in no time, but first we have a new look. The director’s adaptation of Shusako Endo’s novel follows the story of two Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century who venture to Japan amid rumors that their mentor has abandoned the Church. Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, and Ciarán Hinds, one can see new image above, featuring Garfield and our first look at Driver’s character.
In related news, while Scorsese and longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker continue to whittle away in the edit room, as expected, the previously rumored three-hour-plus runtime has been reduced. Producer Irwin Winkler, who calls it “Marty’s best movie,” tells Deadline the film now clocks in at 2 hours and 39 minutes, just 20 minutes shorter than The Wolf of Wall Street. »
- Jordan Raup
Earlier this month, when Vanilla Ice announced via Twitter that he was boldly defying instructions to evacuate his Florida home in the face of Hurricane Matthew, it not only inspired what had to be the greatest (and possibly also the most depressing) tweet ever made by the Florida Democratic Party, but it also made one hope that it might really be a sneaky promo for an upcoming Weather Channel series wherein the rapper and reality TV star goes head to head with natural disasters.
Alas, "The Ice Storm" (or whatever »
When the Stooges split up in 1974, they had every reason to think they'd be completely forgotten by history. Their debut LP peaked at Number 106 in 1969 – and that was their best seller. They spent their final shows dodging beer bottles hurtled by angry bikers that had little interest in seeing a wild, shirtless singer named Iggy Pop screaming out songs like "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" and "Open Up and Bleed." Soon after splitting, guitarist Ron Asheton and his brother, drummer Scott Asheton, moved back in with their parents. »
Kurtz, the fabled central figure in “Heart of Darkness,” entered a primitive jungle world and made himself over into its homicidal master. His colonial malevolence was echoed in two landmark films of the ’70s: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” in which Klaus Kinski’s bug-eyed, raving conquistador led a jungle odyssey into madness, and “Apocalypse Now,” in which Martin Sheen’s burnt-out assassin discovered, in Marlon Brando, a different kind of Kurtz — a philosopher of war’s evil, a leader who had gone “insane” only because he was the only one who saw Vietnam with utter clarity. But in “The Lost City of Z,” set within the British Empire during the early decades of the 20th century, the English explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) spends years seeking out the natives of the Amazonian jungle — and the mystery behind them — with a sense of purpose that is never less than high and mighty, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A series on voyeurism and surveillance brings Citizenfour, Haroun Farocki’s Prison Images, »
- Nick Newman
Anyone watching movies for the last 20-plus years knows the work of Edward Norton: Whether it’s his Oscar-nominated turns in “American History X” and “Birdman,” his iconic turn in “Fight Club,” or fan favorites “The Illusionist” and “The 25th Hour,” Norton’s ubiquity has made him a fixture in American cinema.
Needless to say, the actor has spent the last two decades building up one hell of a resume, which is exactly why he was honored for a career achievement award at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival. Luckily for everyone at the festival, Norton made some time to talk with storied New York film critic David Edelstein to a crowd of 500 or so people, where he dug into some of his influences and brought up some academic criticisms of acting as an art form today.
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- Bryn Gelbart
NEWSAndrzej WajdaJust under a month since his latest film, Afterimage, received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the great Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Marble) has died at the age of 90.How precious two minutes of film can be! The Czech national film archives have identified a previously lost film by Georges Méliès, says The Guardian: "The two-minute silent film Match de Prestidigitation (“conjuring contest”) from 1904 was found on a reel given to the archives by an anonymous donor, labelled as another film."The digital home of films in the Criterion Collection have moved around over the years, and, as of October 19, will find a new access point as an add-on subscription to Turner's new streaming service, FilmStruck. The service launches October 19.French director F.J. Ossang has surprisingly turned to crowdfunding to finish his new feature, 9 Doigts ("9 Fingers"). Shot in black and white 35 mm, »
“Ways to School” — the French series based on the film version that won Best Documentary at César Awards in 2014, will make it’s U.S. debut tonight on CINÉMOI.
The series follows children around the world on their way to school, which is not as simple as getting dropped off by a bus or carpool. Some traverse dangerous terrain and conditions in pursuit of an education.
A description of the series reads:
For all of them, at the end of their journey, there’s school. The conquest of a better life by education; an ideal embodied by the way the children take to reach their school throughout the planet. They have in common a thirst for learning. Instinctively, they know their future depends on knowledge, then on school. From every corner of the world, each one imagines their classrooms. These kids have for horizon the blackboard. But to reach the benches of their faraway school, they »
- Lawrence Yee
Ground-breaking is the word to describe the panelists at The Hollywood Reporter's 5th annual Mipcom Women in Global Entertainment Power Lunch, which THR is hosting together with A+E Networks and Lifetime. Euzhan Palcy of Jmj International Pictures, who was born in France, can lay claim to being the first-ever black woman to direct a Hollywood feature — 1989's A Dry White Season, a South Africa-set thriller featuring Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman and Marlon Brando, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn. Palcy will be joined by Shondaland's Betsy Beers. With ABC hits Grey's Anatomy,
- Scott Roxborough
There are four new documentaries that, while timed for Oscar votes, have a much bigger target audience: The American voters. These urgently topical films peel away decades of mythology, propaganda, and misinformation to reveal why so many people in this country are not only incarcerated in our thriving prison economy, but function inside prisons of misguided perception.
It’s easy to see why the New York Film Festival picked Ava DuVernay’s “13th” as its first-ever documentary opening-night film. In the year of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, as fearful cops continue to gun down unarmed black men in the street, this must-see film will raise consciousness about how race affects the way we regard and behave toward the people around us. “13th” is a history of how white people have treated African-Americans since 1865 — when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery — and it roused the Lincoln Center crowd to multiple standing »
- Anne Thompson
Ryan Lambie Oct 3, 2016
Film history is littered with movies that have wound up on the shelf for some reason, either because of financial difficulties or, in the case of The Day The Clown Died, because its director and star decided it was too embarrassing to be released. We've written about all sorts of shelved or cancelled films before, from Roger Corman's infamous Fantastic Four to the unreleased John Goodman comedy, Spring Break '83.
Every so often, though, we'll hear about curious-sounding projects that generate a bit of news before vanishing again. An animated film featuring the voices of Marlon Brando and Brendan Fraser, perhaps, or a modern comedy about old Greek gods featuring Christopher Walken as Zeus.
Here, then, are five strange, star-laden movies that, »
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