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Nearly three weeks after the launch night, the live shows are finally upon us. Six celebrities danced on Friday and nine on Saturday there was no public vote or elimination, but the judges scores are carried over to next week. Who was your early favourite?
So thats it! Ill be back next Saturday for what will inevitably be a ridiculously long show, so stock up on booze and Kendal mint cake. Thank you to everyone for joining in with your brilliant comments, please come and say hello on Twitter at @heidistephens, particularly if youre a newbie.
Have a great week, and Ill see you next Saturday! Keeeeeep dancing! Hx
So after week 1, Frankie and Kevin are at the top of the leaderboard, with Scott and Joanne at the bottom. I may have got over my outrage about this by next week, but unlikely.
First interminable recap »
- Heidi Stephens
It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.
Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.
"At the time I was working as a freelance »
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor Studios has acquired 55 percent interest in Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Hearst Entertainment's One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, announced MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber and Burnett, Downey and Hearst Corporation's president and CEO Steven Swartz on Monday. Also read: MGM Hit With $5 Million Lawsuit Over Classic Clint Eastwood, Marlon Brando Films Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the move gives MGM complete interest in ”Survivor,” “The Voice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bible” and “The Apprentice,” which it will consolidate into a new media venture called into United Artists Media Group (Uamg). Uamg is said to now be focusing primarily. »
- Travis Reilly
Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »
- Andre Soares
During his career, Gierasch was cast in several roles that played on his rugged physicality. He worked alongside Robert Redford in 1972’s “Jeremiah Johnson” as the mayor of Lago. In 1973, Gierasch shared the screen with Clint Eastwood in “High Plains Drifter.”
In “Carrie,” Gierasch played the unsympathetic principal and antagonist to Sissy Spacek who was shocked by the bloody incident during the high school prom. He also appeared in “What’s Up Doc?” and “The New Centurions.”
On television, he appeared in “M*A*S*H,” “Barney Miller,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Untouchables” and “ER.” Gierasch also did work on Broadway, making his debut at 18 in 1944 in “Snafu,” and he also performed in the original production of “The Sound of Music. »
- Jordyn Holman
Issue #30 of Cinema Retro is now shipping worldwide, as is our special issue "Foto Files #1: Spy Girls", an 80-page special tribute to the sexiest femme fatales of '60s and '70s cinema.
Highlights of issue #30 include:
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles screen debut in "A Hard Day's Night" with exclusive insights from the film's director Richard Lester and David V. Picker, former head of production for United Artists. "Blood, Sweat and Togas": Hercules and the Italian sword and sandal epics of the 1960s. Exclusive! Oswald Morris: the final interview with the legendary cinematographer of such film classics as "The Guns of Navarone", "The Man Who Would Be King", "Moulin Rouge", "Oliver!", "Lolita", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The Hill". "From Rio Bravo to El Dorado"- Part 2 of the in-depth comparison between two Howard Hawks film classics. "Francoise Dorleac: A Remembrance": a »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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
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