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Eh? What did he say?
Earlier this week, viewers complained that they couldn't make out half of what was being said in BBC One's new drama Jamaica Inn. A combination of Cornish accents and dodgy sound meant that most of the dialogue went over people's heads. Say what you want about Made in Chelsea or EastEnders, but at least you can follow what's going on.
Turn on the subtitles as Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the most confusing performances from TV and film, whether it was intentional or not.
Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman series were already concerned about Bane after seeing the first trailer. After reassurances that the sound will be altered in time for its full release, we are as confused as ever by what Bane was going on about. We thought Christian Bale's growling Batman was bad enough. »
Even though its a bank holiday here and we’ve consumed 4 tonnes of easter eggs more than we should have, we managed to stop puking chocolate long enough to puke about movies instead. On this weeks podcast expect the following Tom’s Trivia Three – Learn cool things that you didn’t know, including something about Marlon Brando and nappies Reviews – Locke, Transcendence, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Review recap) A Critically Acclaimed Screen Actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week he does The Hangover Ultimate Recast Reboot – This week we recast and reboot Gladiator All the big movie news As well as copious amounts of humour and chocolate egg references TuneIn App Users Click here (and don’t forget to click the heart button to subscribe) Stitcher Users Click here Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Set for release on May 16, The Weinstein Co. is finally getting started on some marketing for James Gray's The Immigrant, which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival and left me rather agitated. Here's a snippet from my review: The second half of the film only proves worse than the first. Dialogue is so obvious it hurts, "Hey Ewa... Would you like to go West with mec You could be my assistant." All said without an ounce of inflection or feeling, not that Gray's script is necessarily giving them Shakespeare to recite. I never got the impression the actors had much, if any, interest in the feature outside of Phoenix who ranges from very good to over-the-top mimicry. In the film's final moments you're likely to see several critics praising Phoenix's performance. If there was ever a bid for an Oscar nomination on screen this year, this is the scene. »
- Brad Brevet
Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
Superman’s first big-screen outing convinced audiences and Hollywood bean counters alike that a man really could fly — and in that pre Comic-Con culture, Superman had the skies all to himself. There was no Spider-Man movie or Batman movie to hold fans over until Superman was ready to fly again, a full three years after the original. So when Superman II was finally released in the United States — a full six months after it had premiered in Australia and Europe (!) — it was like the second coming.
- Jeff Labrecque
This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Director Elia Kazan remains one of Hollywood's most polarizing figures. He directed such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955) and Splendor in the Grass (1961). The native New Yorker's career began on the stage and, as such, Kazan was an actor's director; he discovered Marlon Brando, James Dean and Warren Beatty. He also loved writers and proved a nimble collaborator for such icons as Tennessee Williams and John Steinbeck. But when he testified before the House Un-
- Andy Lewis
As problems go, it’s a pretty First World one to be saddled with. You’re a movie star pocketing obscene paychecks to appear in Hollywood blockbusters. But something is missing. Fame and box office success alone aren’t why you started making movies. You are an actor If only your fans could see just how cool and fearless and devoted to the craft you really are. What to do? Worry not. There’s a well-trod path laid out that will put this plight behind you once and for all: You will make a boldly uncommercial art film. The weirder, »
- Chris Nashawaty
Fan-made short films are all the rage, and "Evolution of Film, a montage compiled by Scott Ewing, is no exception. The three-minute clip takes a look at the history of cinema since the late 1800s all the way up to 2014. Read More: The Trailer You Need to See Before You Die of '1001 Films You Need to See Before You Die' Beginning with a clip from Eadweard J. Muybridge, the "Pioneer of Motion Photography," "Evolution of Film" takes a look at some of the best pieces of film since the beginning of time. There's Méliès moon, a nice grab from "The Bride of Frankenstein," Marlon Brando crying for "Stella" and a look at some of the movies that will hit theaters later this year. Also, see if you can catch the clip that's out of place. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Feature Alex Westthorp 9 Apr 2014 - 07:00
Like their fellow Time Lord actors, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker also shared certain genres of film. Both appeared, before and after their time as the Doctor, in horror movies and both worked on Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.
Patrick George Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London on March 25th 1920. He made his film debut aged 28 in the 1948 B-Movie The Escape. Troughton's was a very minor role. Among the better known cast was William Hartnell, though even Hartnell's role was small and the two didn't share any scenes together. From the late Forties, Troughton found more success on the small screen, »
(Cbr) Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has overseen the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception. Yet much like the comic books that inspire the films, Marvel Studios is looking to bring about some big status quo changes with their latest motion picture event, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," debuting in stateside theaters today. Drawing heavily from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's 2005 "Winter Soldier" story in the "Captain America" comic book series, the film not only reintroduced Bucky (Sebastian Stan) as brainwashed assassin The Winter Soldier, it also, as previewed by the trailers, explores major trust issues between Captain America (Chris Evans) and S.H.I.E.L.D., the peacekeeping organization at the center of the McU. Cbr News spoke with Feige at last month's "Winter Soldier" press junket in Beverly Hills about what Marvel Studios was looking to say with this latest installment, the major role the film plays in setting up 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
It's Marlon Brando's 90th birthday. Or it would be his 90th birthday if he were alive. You understand. Marlon Brando was an eccentric man, but let's acknowledge right now that his performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" remains shocking and resonant over 60 years later. Love him in "The Godfather," "On the Waterfront," "Viva Zapata," and -- hell -- "Reflections in a Golden Eye" too. We love Marlon Brando. Now that formalities are out of the way, let's get to the fun: Marlon Brando hated Burt Reynolds. A lot. It is a joy to hear him complain about the "Smokey and the Bandit" star, and it is also so, so telling. Oh, you hate Burt Reynolds' "narcissism," Marlon? I can't think of a single person who'd say the same thing about you. Not a one. Oh, wait. A number of people. Just enjoy this damn audio of Brando ranting »
- Louis Virtel
Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law. Britain's prettiest export did the best he could with his burden of good looks. He played a genetic ideal in Gattaca, a robotic ideal in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and in The Talented Mr. Ripley, his golden god perfection got him killed.
Hollywood is hard on beautiful men, at least the ones who want to be taken seriously. It prefers its great talents slightly askew. Handsome actors who want to break out of romances and sexual thrillers have only three options: get fat (Marlon Brando, Alec Baldwin), get old (Robert Redford, Rob Lowe), or get weird (Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey). Law stalled as long as he could. But after a 10-year stretch of solid, overlooked work, and his 40th »
The new three-part series - which has taken three years to make - sees presenter Mark Evans trying to find body parts and human relics from historical figures such as Adolf Hitler, Charles Darwin, John F Kennedy, Napoleon, Marlon Brando and King George III in an attempt to learn more about them from their DNA.
As well as trying to find out whether the relics they acquire are genuine, Evans and his team of scientists will try to see if the DNA reveals any clues about the people involved.
After paying $2,000 for samples of Presley's hair from his barber, the scientists found that Presley had genetic variants for migraines, obesity and glaucoma - as well as a variant known to cause a heart muscle disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. »
Bob Thomas, the tireless, longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas died of age-related illnesses at his Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire. He interviewed rising stars (James Dean), middle-aged legends (Humphrey Bogart, Jack Nicholson) and elder institutions (Bob Hope »
- Associated Press
Documentaries on Edwyn Collins and a Mexican drug lord were the stand-outs in a typically loud, boozy sweaty film festival that is the antitheses to Cannes in every way
For film fans, SXSW gets louder as it winds down. The big films stop screening as the music crowd arrive, bringing with them sweat and booze and seven hundred types of noise. The bars of 6th Street throw their windows open, showing off the bands inside. Leftover cinefiles, queuing up outside the Alamo Drafthouse, get battered by an unholy hybrid of metal-country-electro-pop as they wait for the peace and quiet of the screening room.
At its best SXSW, which aims to celebrate new music, film and interactive technology, allows the mediums to play into each other. The best film at this year's festival is about a musician, former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins. After suffering a stroke in 2005, Collins had to learn how to walk, »
- Henry Barnes
On Monday, a raunchy letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich – a surreal fantasy about her, reflecting what he called an "unsynchronised passion" that endured for more than 25 years – is part of an online auction of Dietrich's possessions. Although their relationship remained platonic, many other authors did have movie-star lovers …
Fitzgerald's affair in the 1920s with this Zelda lookalike, a silent screen actor who was 17 when he first met her, infuriated his wife – she once threw a jewellery gift from him out of a train window while raging about Moran – but inspired Dick Diver's romance with the actor Rosemary Hoyt in Tender Is the Night.
The war poet's relationship with Novello – now remembered mostly as a songwriter, »
- John Dugdale
After a solid premiere, Believe, NBC’s thriller from Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, settles into its regular Sundays at 9 p.m. time slot March 16 with a second episode that promises to reveal more about Kyle MacLachlan’s well-dressed Skouras, who’s battling his former partner Winter (Delroy Lindo) for control of 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) and her powers.
“Much more time is spent explaining who he is, where he’s from, and why he’s interested in Bo,” says MacLachlan, who took his cues for creating the character from something Cuarón did when he was directing the pilot. »
- Mandi Bierly
The veteran actress died due to sudden multiple organ failure in Panorama City, California, Us Magazine reported.
Lynn played Fraulein Helga, Colonel Klink's secretary on the comedy show. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
Feature Matthew Giordano 13 Mar 2014 - 07:00
True Detective inspired a mass of complex fan theories. Matthew talks us through some popular interpretations...
This feature contains spoilers for True Detective season one.
HBO’s recently concluded True Detective inspired an almost unprecedented amount of fan speculation on the Internet. I may be in the minority, but I found reading theoretical interpretations of the show to be a far more rewarding experience then actually watching the drama. True Detective moved at such a slow pace, and, aside from the fact it was mostly told in flashback, its mystery unfolded rather routinely. Was there narrative justification for the many well thought-out fan theories about its true meaning? Were the Internet’s devoted writings about the show completely off-base? Were fans simply putting things together that were not there?
What’s fascinating is that not only was there an overwhelming amount of online fan response to True Detective, »
Cynthia Lynn, one of the last surviving cast members of the 1965-71 sitcom Hogan's Heroes, died Monday in Los Angeles after suffering from hepatitis, reports Variety. She was 76. Born Zinta Valda Zimilis, in Riga, Latvia - she came to the U.S. with her family after World War II - the attractive blonde played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga, with the braided hair, during the first season before making appearances later in the series' run. Other shows on which she appeared included Surfside 6, Dr. Kildare, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple and The Six Million Dollar Man. Her last »
- Stephen M. Silverman
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