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There's a moment about an hour into James Gray's The Immigrant where it can decide to do something different or once again repeat the same scenario it has already beaten into our head time and again. In that moment, Marion Cotillard playing Ewa (pronounced Eva), a Polish immigrant in 1921 who's been prostituting herself to raise money to get her sick sister out of the immigration infirmary, responds to the opportunity to travel to California and make some money, "I can't, I have to stay for my sister." I could have thrown something at the screen I was so infuriated. From that moment on the film was, more or less, dead to me. Why such an aggressive response? A couple reasons. First, Cotillard's performance is overly robotic and I felt nothing for her character. Every sentence seems to take eons to come out of her mouth and, as far as I can tell, »
- Brad Brevet
One of the staples of the outdoor summer screenings in London is undoubtedly the Film4 Summer Screen season at the glorious Somerset House. Even though you’re in the middle of busy London, you’re very much away in a world of your own, well, with a few hundred other film lovers.
We’re very excited to announce the new line-up of films that’s been announced and – take note – tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am but be quick, they sell out fast! This year, also sees the World Premiere of Richard Curtis’s About Time and two UK Premieres: The Way Way Back and Prince Avalanche.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 24 May 2013
Tickets from £14.50 available online: www.somersethouse.org.uk/film4summerscreen
There’s an extended run out there this time around, so instead of me waffling on just check out the full »
- Dan Bullock
There’s an easy cool to Josh Homme and the music he writes with his band Queens of the Stone Age. Like Marlon Brando in The Wild One when asked “what are you rebelling against” - “Whadda you got?” – the music of Qotsa just drips with sweat, gasoline, attitude, and … well… coolness. Their new album …Like Clockwork will be released on June 4, but don’t let the title fool you. Apparently the new album didn’t go as planned and wasn’t such an easy journey. Then again, I don’t think Brando knew what he was getting himself into when he stopped into that small town bar in The Wild One. For what it’s worth, the new album is now completed and features a number of guest stars including Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. »
- Michael Haffner
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
Spirited, highly amusing and endearingly shambolic, James Toback’s “Seduced and Abandoned” seeks to represent an “uncategorizable” work about film, money, Cannes and death, roughly in that order. In other words, it’s basically a documentary that tracks the writer-helmer himself and co-conspirator Alec Baldwin as they schlep around the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and beyond, trying to hustle up coin for a loose remake of “Last Tango in Paris,” and meeting other filmmakers, financiers, studio execs, and stars along the way. Ultimately, the pic offers a timely, melancholy-tinged tribute to those fighting quixotically to make enduring, ambitious art rather than revenue for revenue’s sake.
Already acquired by HBO for North American broadcast, the pic could have dainty niche-theatrical legs offshore similar to those of “Side by Side.” Where Chris Kenneally’s recent docu about the digital-vs.-film debate was anchored by Keanu Reeves, “Seduced and Abandoned” has two charismatic frontmen in Toback and Baldwin, »
- Leslie Felperin
It’s no secret, though it’s often forgotten, that the heyday of art film — roughly speaking, the ’50s through the ’70s — depended, to a much larger degree than we may like to think, on the promise of erotic adventurousness, the kind that Hollywood couldn’t hope to match. I don’t mean to say that the European and Asian films that explored sexuality, sometimes the outer limits of sexuality, were glorified porn. It’s not just that we saw more flesh in them; it’s that we saw more of the internal experience that flesh is really about. Yet »
- Owen Gleiberman
The latest film version of The Great Gatsby is currently the talk of the film industry, having just debuted Stateside and opened the Cannes Film Festival this week. Based on F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, the story showcases everything from seduction and money to buried secrets among the elite society in the Roaring '20s.
This is the only Gatsby film to have been made in Fitzgerald's lifetime and the only silent interpretation of the story. Directed by Herbert Brenon and released by Paramount Pictures, this is a true example of a "lost film" with the below trailer the only evidence of its existence. According to Anne Margaret Daniel in the Huffington Post, the film was not appreciated by the author and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald, »
We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. It's taking a long time, bless you! Today we're talking with Peter, a script supervisor.
Peter working on the set of a movie!
Nathaniel: When and why did you start reading Tfe?
Peter: I was referred to it from Kenneth in (212) and thought Tfe catered to the fun side of film I adored and come awards season... glued. I haven't looked back.
Nathaniel: You work in the industry, right? What's your favorite part of the biz?
Peter: Yeah. I've been a script supervisor primarily for independent features for close to 8 years. It's still strange to me that I get paid to do what I do. Though there are definitely bad days, I generally love what I do. It's great to be on the scene and be so close to the process. My favorite part of this nutty business on the independent »
- NATHANIEL R
Oscar® Winners Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront), Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo), Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve) and Maureen Stapleton (Reds) lead the stellar cast of this Southern gothic “sizzler” (Los Angeles Times) based on the Tennessee Williams play Orpheus Descending.
Thanks to “brilliant” (The Film Daily) performances, The Fugitive Kind “sets one’s senses to throbbing” (The New York Times).
Valentine “Snakeskin” Xavier (Brando) is a handsome drifter with a guitar…and a past. Taking a job as a stored clerk in Two Rivers, Mississippi, his strong and silent demeanor attracts not only the local party girl (Woodward), but also the shopkeeper’s exotic wife (Magnani).
Soon, this explosive love triangle will ignite a powder keg of »
To celebrate the release of the Marlon Brando classic Desiree on June 10th, we are offering you the chance to win one of three copies of the DVD.
The romance begins in 1794 when Napoleon first meets and falls in love with the young and beautiful Desiree. But as the soldier-statesman is swept into the powerful and brutal world of French politics, the relationship begins to suffer. Napoleon finds himself torn between his lust for world domination and his love for Desiree.
Featuring magnificent performances and sumptuous production values, this classic love-tragedy remains faithful to historical fact and is a must for any fan of Brando.
Pre-order your copy now here.
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Serious question: when is the world going to appreciate Vin Diesel for the precious gift that he is? How many dumb action movies does he have to make before we acknowledge all he's done for us? When is it going to be Vin's time to shine, huh?Well, not right now, that's for sure. Because right now, Vin Diesel is complaining that Facebook hasn't paid him for having a relatively popular Facebook page:"What Facebook didn't realize is something very big was about to happen, and that was—for the first time in history, and it's kind of a fluke they didn't see this coming—when I jumped on that page in April 2009, I started talking to people. In the realest ways. Imagine, if you could've been a Facebook friend to Marlon Brando, or whoever your role models are. Imagine, if you were able to Facebook Elvis, and talk to him, »
- tooFab Staff
Considering the fact he has over 41 million Facebook likes, it's no wonder that Vin Diesel chooses to advertise his projects through the social media website. According to him, the reason why he's so popular is because he got on board Facebook early -- and he thinks the company should recognize that. He saw the website as a marketing tool before they did (according to him at least) and now he's taking responsibility.
"What Facebook didn't realize is something very big was about to happen, and that was -- for the first time in history, and it's kind of a fluke they didn't see this coming -- when I jumped on that page in April 2009, I started talking to people. In the realest ways," Diesel tells Entertainment Weekly. "Imagine if you could've been a Facebook friend to Marlon Brando, or whoever your role models are. Imagine, if you were able to Facebook Elvis, »
Vin Diesel is about to have a good summer. His most famous character — soulful auto-outlaw Dominic Toretto — is returning to screens in Fast & Furious 6, which marks the long-running franchise’s return to the summer blockbuster season. It’s opening on Memorial Day, and Universal is bullish on its box office prospects. (Fast & Furious 7 is already slated for a 2014 release.)
Universal is distributing another Diesel movie this summer, featuring the actor’s other iconic character: Riddick arrives in theaters in September, 13 years after Pitch Black unexpectedly started the sci-fi franchise and nine years after the so-so box office for The Chronicles of Riddick »
- Darren Franich
Saif Ali Khan is gearing up for the release of his new production Go Goa Gone, following the success of his last presentation Cocktail. This time he has taken a bold step in producing India’s first ever zombie film, creatively subtitled a ‘zom-com’. Further, Saif is playing a Russian character for the first time, complete with a zany bleach-blonde look.
BollySpice caught up with Saif whilst he was in London to talk about the film, here’s what he had to say:
So Saif, do you have a favourite ‘western’ zombie film?
I don’t think the Evil Dead qualifies, but it scared the pants off me as a child. My cousin, who was a little older, sort of made me watch it and it scarred me for life! I have not really been a big zombie movie fan. If I had to watch a movie with a monstrous »
- Anjum Shabbir
Director: Martin Scorsese
Entertainment grade: A
History grade: A–
Jake Lamotta was boxing's world middleweight champion between 1949 and 1951.
The film begins in 1941, with Jake Lamotta (Robert De Niro) fighting in the ring and fighting his first wife, Ida. It's shocking – though not as shocking as in an earlier draft of the screenplay, in which he was to be shown kicking and punching her while she was pregnant. The violence isn't out of keeping with that admitted in Lamotta's 1970 autobiography, also called Raging Bull, in which he says he once thought he had killed Ida in a drunken fight, and owns up to a catalogue of violent incidents against various people including a couple of sexual assaults. If anything, Lamotta's terrifying characterisation in the film has »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Way back in 1897, the Moscow Art Theatre was born. Playwright Anton Chekhov collaborated with many actors and directors and in particular a man called Constantin Stanislavski, a man who pioneered method acting with what he called ‘Theatrical truth’.
Bounce forward a few decades later in the 1940′s and 50′s to the group theatre in New York city and a man called Lee Strasberg who, along with others at the now world famous ‘Actors Studio’, popularized the work of Stanislavski to create what is now known today as ‘Method’ acting. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman are just a few famous names to go through the actors studio, and are now possibly the most famous (with the exception of Daniel Day Lewis) advocates of getting into character by living and breathing every nuance of the world they inhabit.
Here listed for your discretion, is a »
- Shaun Lappin
‘The Deanna Durbin Unit’ (photo: Robert Cummings, Deanna Durbin, and Charles Laughton in It Started with Eve) [See previous post: "Deanna Durbin Movies Save Universal."] Deanna Durbin and Henry Koster, who has been credited with helping to mold Durbin’s screen persona, collaborated on five movies. Besides Three Smart Girls, there was the inevitable sequel, Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), in addition to One Hundred Men and a Girl, after which Durbin’s salary was reportedly doubled to $3,000 per week, plus a $10,000 bonus per film; the Cinderella-like First Love (1939), in which, following worldwide publicity, Durbin gets kissed on screen for the first time (Robert Stack was the kisser); Spring Parade (1940), with a Viennese setting and Robert Cummings as her leading man; and It Started with Eve (1941), a light, well-received romantic comedy co-starring Cummings and Charles Laughton. (Universal would also release the 1964 remake, I’d Rather Be Rich, starring Sandra Dee in the Robert Cummings role, Robert Goulet in the Deanna Durbin part, »
- Andre Soares
When it comes to Hollywood, that little "Golden Rule" bit is pretty much null and void upon entry, and when people don't have anything nice to say they tend to blabber on anyway. Oh, and absolutely no one is safe from trash talk, not even a three-time Oscar winner. Heck, especially not a three-time Oscar winner.
For whatever reason, "I'm So Excited" director Pedro Almodovar decided to promote his own movie by mean girling "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis, saying that there's one field of acting that he's just not capable of excelling at: comedy.
According to him, Ddl might very well be the bee's knees at drama as everyone says, but he "can’t manage to give the slightest sensation of lightness" necessary to give audiences the giggles.
Almodovar also laid some similar smacktalk on the late great Marlon Brando, saying he was "stiff as a board" and "too self-aware. »
- Amanda Bell
As if the film's dodgy dialogue and Dr Seuss suits weren't insult enough – casting John Wayne in the lead role really put the cowboy boot in the Mongol warrior's legacy
The Conqueror (1956)
Director: Dick Powell
Entertainment grade: D–
History grade: D+
Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire in the 12th century.
The Conqueror was written for Marlon Brando, but he dodged it thanks to his contract with another studio. Meanwhile, John Wayne was at the peak of his career – he made The Searchers soon afterwards – and producer Howard Hughes was inclined to give him whatever he wanted. What he wanted, apparently, was to be a 12th-century Mongolian warlord. Well, who doesn't? This is how one of the worst casting decisions of all time was made, and John Wayne became Genghis Khan.
The film opens with Temujin, as Genghis was originally known, intercepting a wedding procession of Merkits. No, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Would you buy a used camel from this man?
Brian Hannan, author of the new book The Making of Lawrence of Arabia, has unveiled a startling fact: an early production of David Lean's masterpiece was announced in January 1953- a decade before Lean's version was released. It was to be filmed in Cinerama and star John Wayne! Now, there are no bigger fans of the Duke than us, but what were they thinking? Fortunately, plans fell apart for this particular film. Hannan relates how Marlon Brando was Lean's first choice for the role, so even in saner hands the emphasis was in casting an American actor as the iconic Brit. By the way, Duke Wayne may have dodged a bullet with Lawrence, but a few years later he went one worse by playing Genghis Khan in The Conqueror! For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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