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It's a given that we sometimes wonder about the what-ifs and the might have beens when it comes to our favorite pop-culture stars who left us too soon. It felt like we had only seen the beginning of ferocious talents like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and River Phoenix. South African investment management company Allan Gray is banking on that in their new advertisement for its long-term investing offerings. They company has imagined what the life of Rebel Without a Cause actor James Dean might have been like had he not crashed his Porsche 550 Spyder on that fateful day in 1955. We see Dean through the ages racing cars, walking hand in hand with his family, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, and offering his support in a Third World country...
- Alison Nastasi
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
It’s taken Oscar Isaac a fair old while to get to top billing, having shone in a number of roles, including in Drive, and survived the obligatory backwards steps (like with W.E.) but it has fallen to the Coens to throw him his big opportunity in their return to directing following the regrettable association with Gambit (it was of course only the script they took charge of.)
In Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac plays the titular hero, a loosely adapted version of the folk musician Dave Van Ronk, whose memoir “The Mayor Of MacDougal Street” gives the Coens a lot of their narrative frame. Set over two weeks in 1961, the film portrays New York’s folk-rock scene of the period, specifically focusing on the life and work at the time of Dylan-lite singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis, as he aims to make it on the scene and bounces »
- Simon Gallagher
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Written by Mike White
Aired 9/5/2000 on Fox Family
It always boggles my mind that NBC never aired ‘Kim Kelly Is My Friend’ because of the ‘darker’ material surrounding Kim Kelly’s home life, because it’s such an important episode in establishing her character for the rest of the series. Written by Mike White (creator of Enlightened, and writer of Orange County and School of Rock), ‘Kim Kelly Is My Friend’ takes what’s been an archetype character to this point, and fills her out in three detailed and devastatingly poignant dimensions.
When the episode begins, Kim’s up to her usual antics, terrorizing freshman with her friend Karen (a young, particularly nasty Rashida Jones). Karen is shorter and slighter than Kim (and with dark hair), but she provides a mirror to judge Kim’s »
Directed by: Darren Stein
Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Discussion of Jawbreaker (1999) seems near impossible without some reference to Heathers (1988). The two films sit together along with their peers Carrie (1975), Mean Girls (2004), Clueless (1995) and others, in the film-genre high school lunch room. Jawbreaker holds only a critical 7% and audience 52% on rotten tomatoes to Heathers’ critical 95% and audience 81%. It would seem that, in the words of their lunch-mate Mean Girls “people are saying [Jawbreaker] is a less hot version of [Heathers].” Critics often lambast the ’99 comedy for ripping too directly from its ’88 counterpart, for being less intelligent, less humorous and unoriginal. But what are these types of comparative criticisms of these films appealing to? While the two certainly hold similar subjects there is a clear distinction in style and intention. Where Heathers discusses the structure of society Jawbreaker focuses on the spectacle that hides the sour intentions.
Both Jawbreaker and »
- Adriene Lilly
Most recent film appearances, plus concert and television work Please check out our previous post: "Montiel La Violetera and Pedro Almodóvar Icon." Her last star vehicle of note was Juan Antonio Bardem's Varietés (1971), a melodrama about an aging actress who continues to dream of becoming a bona fide star. [Please scroll down to listen to Montiel's husky rendition of "Amado mío."] The forty-something hopeful eventually gets her chance at stardom, but it all turns out to be a flash in the pan. By then, following a whole array of formulaic romantic musical melodramas, Montiel's box-office allure had waned rather radically. She turned down roles in Spain's cine del destape -- post-Franco softcore comedies -- which eventually meant the demise of her movie career. Her last official star vehicle was Pedro Lazaga's comedy Cinco almohadas para una noche ("Five Cushions for One Night," 1974) -- though she would be seen in Eduardo Manzanos Brochero's That's Entertainment-like compilation feature Canciones de nuestra »
- Andre Soares
★★☆☆☆ American filmmaker Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) begins his latest effort, The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), with a majestic long take, following Ryan Gosling's tattooed motorcycle stunt rider Luke Glanton as he works his way through a crowded small town fairground towards his assembled fans. Unfortunately, this isn't quite the portent of grandeur to come that it should have been. Cianfrance, aided by cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, peaks far too early this time round, offering up a sweeping three-parter that only ever 'sweeps' when in the company of its resident James Dean, before stuttering to a crawl.
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- CineVue UK
Warning: Calling the following piece an "Idiot's Guide" is a bit of a misnomer. You may or may not be aware of what happens in the "Scary Movie" movies, but there's no way you will emerge from reading this a smarter person overall. I just watched all four "Scary Movie" movies consecutively and my brain is currently curled up in a ball shivering in a far corner of my skull, asking what it did to deserve that.
That said, it is true that you will know more about the "Scary Movie" franchise — a Lot more — after having read this piece. We here at NextMovie would hate to see you go into "Scary Movie 5" without having a lick of knowledge about the first four movies. Imagine the embarrassment in front of your friends! "Ugh, you didn't know that The Oracle, played by Queen Latifah in a spoof of 'The Matrix, »
- Nick Blake
Nobody does the everyman better than Matt Damon. His common touch has made him one of the world's most bankable stars. He tells Tim Lewis about offending Barack Obama, his love for Ben Affleck and marrying outside the Hollywood elite
'I got the fortunes of heaven
in diamonds and gold
I got all the bonds baby
that the bank could hold'
'Ain't Got You' – Bruce Springsteen
In 1987, when Bruce Springsteen wrote the song "Ain't Got You", he was the biggest rock star in the world. He had vast estates in New Jersey and Beverly Hills, and he had not long returned from a honeymoon at Gianni Versace's villa in Lake Como. "Ain't Got You" was Springsteen's attempt to make a self-aware nod to his outrageous fortune, the Rembrandts on his walls, and how he had come a long way from his working-class upbringing.
Before he released it, Springsteen played »
- Tim Lewis
Happy birthday to the man I call my Time Machine Husband (Tm), Anthony Perkins. The effete, beautiful actor best known for his astonishing performance as Norman Bates in Psycho would've been 81 today, and without even reading Charles Winecoff's gripping biography Split Image, you can tell in Mr. Perkins' performances that he was enigmatic, complicated, and conflicted. Though Perkins died of AIDS in 1992, his silver screenlegacy endures thanks to his lengthy, strange filmography.
Hollywood wanted Perkins to be the next James Dean, but his vulnerability and (frankly) apparent gayness stood at odds with that demand. As I like to say, we can't rewrite cinematic history to include all the wonderful gay characters we deserve, so we as gay entertainment anthropologists have to find our stories in the nuances, innuendos, and otherwise untold stories hidden right onscreen (perhaps unintentionally), right within all the stated heterosexuality. Though »
Chicago – Any list of the most influential films of the ’70s that doesn’t include Terrence Malick’s brilliant “Badlands” is incomplete. It’s one of those cinematic works that’s so important to its era and how it influenced filmmakers that saw it that it’s hard to put into reviews in a brief review such as this one. It is iconic in the way Malick took the familiar (it’s based on a true story that was well-known at the time) and made it artistic. It’s also a great selection for The Criterion Collection, joining Malick’s “Days of Heaven” and “The Thin Red Line” in the most important series of Blu-rays ever released.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Truman Capote’s 1958 typed manuscript, complete with the author’s handwritten edits changing his main character’s name to Holly Golightly, is among hundreds of Hollywood-themed items set for an online auction next month. Eventually adapted for the big screen starring Audrey Hepburn, the book manuscript is expected to bring in at least $250,000, according to the Associated Press. The other items offered by Rr Auctions in New Hampshire include memorabilia autographed by James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland and Lucille Ball. The online auction will be held April 18-25. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Concord, N.H. -- Truman Capote's 1958 typed manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is rife with the author's handwritten edits – most notably changing the femme fatale's name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly.
Its plot – built around a young woman who supports herself through trysts with various wealthy lovers – was controversial. Harper's Bazaar bought serialization rights for $2,000, then balked at its explicit content and profuse profanity. Esquire magazine purchased it from Harper's and launched it to its 1961 silver screen adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn.
The manuscript is being offered for sale by a New Hampshire auction house and is expected to net at least $250,000 later this month.
It is the centerpiece of hundreds of Hollywood-themed items offered by Rr Auctions in its online auction April 18-25. Other items include memorabilia autographed by James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland and Lucille Ball. Also offered is an »
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Every son lives in the legacy of his father. That is the central theme of David Cianfrance’s new film “The Place Beyond the Pines”. His third feature is a follow-up to his indie breakout hit, “Blue Valentine”, and shows true growth as a filmmaker as he tackles on a film that can truly be described as an epic. He films the wooded rural area of Schenectady, New York like the way George Stevens filmed the sprawling Texas landscape in “Giant”.
The film is told in three acts as it follows three different story arcs. The first is of Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) discovering that he has a one year old child and his desperate attempts to care for that child. The second act follows Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) as an idealistic new cop with a one year old child with both his wife and district »
- Patrick Hao
The screentest is the last hurdle an actor has to jump over before being given the role that could change his or her life forever. A nobody can instantly become a somebody, or an actor can just continue the struggle of looking for work. For many of the talented actors on this list of those who missed out, it was only a matter of time before the big role came along. For others, however, the story is not as kind, and these screentests probably keep them from sleeping most nights.
It is strange to think how incredibly different some films would have been if a different actor had won the role…
- Quinn Beswick
Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema is a bi-weekly feature looking back at classic South Korean Cinema. The aftermath of World War II brought about a quick change in social values, which reevaluated the needs and lifestyles of youths around the world. In the Us, James Dean and Elvis Presley captured the imagination of millions of young Americans in search of a new identity. A similar thing happened in Japan with the rapid modernization of a strict society that had recently undergone a shameful loss in the Pacific Theatre. Social roles were changing and up and coming directors such as Suzuki Seijun and Oshima Nagisa were taping into a youth culture of revolt that began to brew in the late 1950s. Likely inspired by these progressing cultures but also reeling from...
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Review Ryan Lambie 29 Mar 2013 - 08:46
Ryan Gosling strides into The Place Beyond The Pines like a mythical being straight out of 50s Hollywood: with the melancholic cool of James Dean, he rides his rasping motorcycle in a ball of death for a travelling carnival, while Eva Mendes swoons over his pumped-up physique and patchwork of tattoos. But director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) does more than riff on Gosling's post-Drive ascension to heart-throb status; instead, his film gets under the skin of cinema's romantic view of the rugged outlaw archetype, revealing a more depressing underlying truth about wealth and status.
In an attempt to provide for his ex-lover Romina (Mendes) and their infant son, motorcycle rider Luke (Gosling) quits his carnival act and embarks on a bank robbing spree across Schenectady, »
"Nothing gold can stay," Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell) memorably tells Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio) in "The Outsiders," a line from a Robert Frost poem about how nothing good ever lasts. But 30 years after its release, the film has endured and become a touchstone coming-of-age movie that's quoted and rediscovered by new generations of teens. On March 25, 1983, the 1960s teen drama hit the big screen featuring a cast jam-packed with future stars, including Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Diane Lane. The film was based on the best-selling S.E. Hinton novel about the rivalry between the James Dean wannabe "Greasers" and the rich "Socs" (short for "Socials"). It helped launch several careers, including that of Brat Packers Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. Francis Ford Coppola directed; he also went on to helm the more unconventional "Rumble Fish," based on another Hinton novel. While we may not need to tell »
- Sharon Knolle
75th Annual Oscars ~ 10th Anniversary Special
On this very day 10 years ago, one of only two posthumous Oscars for the past decade in film was handed out. It went to Conrad Hall for his lensing of Road to Perdition (the other was Heath Ledger's). So here's one from the vaults since we did a Hit Me With Your Best Shot on it just last year. If you click on these shots, deemed best by our 'hit me' club and arranged here in narrative order, you can read more about them and why they were chosen.
It's a strange symmetry that a film as funereal as Road to Perdition would be a member of the Posthumous Oscar wins club. Here's a list of all 13 of them:
- NATHANIEL R
Dane DeHaan is a rising star. He gave us a memorable performance in last year.s .Chronicle. and even gave commanding presence in movies like .Lawless. and .Lincoln.. This year, he.s starting off with a blazing portrayal in .The Place Beyond the Pines. as Jason, the son of Ryan Gosling.s character. He.s currently shooting .The Amazing Spider-Man 2. where he.s set to be Harry Osborn. In this interview, we talked about:
*** What got him interested in his character, the .loner stoner?.
*** His character becomes the catalyst of the film . the sins of the father
*** Working with his partner-in-crime in the film, Emory Cohen
*** Taking his craft seriously
*** How does he find the voice of a character?
*** How the director helped him in finding the character? »
Emory Cohen (.Smash,. .New York, I Love You.) stars as Aj, the son of Bradley Cooper.s character. He plays a petulant, spoiled son who must realize the sins of his father for his road to redemption. I enjoyed this movie from director Derek Cianfrance (.Blue Valentine.). Ryan Gosling reteams with Cianfrance for this daring look at familial setting. In this interview, Cohen and I talked about:
*** When he first saw the script what did he think?
*** What attracted him to his character Aj?
*** He taught me how to say Schenectady correctly!
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