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Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.
So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?
The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):
1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)
In director James Foley »
- Frank Ochieng
As a teenager going into a movie theater, I was looking for some true reflection of the absurd darkness that had come on seemingly overnight. I was looking for a place to rest my pimples from the light and to be told that others had survived similar such onslaughts. For some before me it was James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause. Molly Ringwald in all them John Hughes movies. Then it was Claire Danes on TV in My So Called Life. But for me, it was the actor Liza Weil in Whatever. I was 19, hadn’t graduated high school, […] »
- Noah Buschel
I was glued to the Twitter application of my iPhone Sunday night waiting for the reactions to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to roll in as the film bowed in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It was interesting to watch the first wave of knee-jerks, all of them just a touch muted, I assume because Miller is not a filmmaker whose movies hit you right away. They kind of seep into you the more you spin away from them, and I got the feeling "Foxcatcher" is absolutely one such example. We were all more or less expecting something special out of Steve Carell here. From photos and that early trailer that slipped out last fall, it was clear he had undergone a transformation for the role of multimillionaire murderer John du Pont, both physically and professionally. And indeed, all indications are that it is a career-altering portrayal. Here's one juicy »
- Kristopher Tapley
Beverly Long, one of the last surviving castmembers of the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause, died May 8 in Los Angeles after a short hospital stay. She was 81. Long also had a leading role as Ouisie in the 1957 film The Green-Eyed Blonde, appeared in Paramount's As Young as We Are (1958) and was seen on Robert Young's CBS sitcom Father Knows Best. The longtime resident of Studio City in recent years served as a casting director. Long played Helen, a friend of Judy (Natalie Wood) and one of the gang, in the 1955 Warner Bros. drama directed
- Mike Barnes
“I’m the best damn filmmaker in the world who has never made one entirely good, entirely satisfactory film,” so said Nicholas Ray, according to his friend Dennis Hopper. In a bit for Turner Classic Movies in 1997, Hopper reflected on Ray’s work and their relationship, which began during his debut role as Goon in the filmmaker’s iconic Rebel Without a Cause. At the time, Hopper remembers thinking “that James Dean was directing [the] film, he had so much input in his character and lines, even deciding how a scene would be shot,” later to realize that Ray “gave Dean the freedom he needed…[he] […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
When Jim Stark (James Dean) is first seen in Nicholas Ray's Rebel without a Cause (1955), crawling drunkenly along the street and playing with a toy monkey, he is wearing a suit and tie. "You're tearing me apart," he screeches at his bickering parents after they come to pick him up from the police station where he is being held for being drunk and disorderly. »
★★★★☆During the infamous "chickie run" race in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), there's a seemingly unassuming conversation that takes place between Nathalie Wood's Judy and Sal Mineo's Plato that neatly sums up five decades of audience fascination with James Dean. Plato - a shy, troubled lad - is exaggerating the extent of his friendship with Dean's Jim Stark, exposing his own vulnerability as well as Dean's irresistible allure: "His name is Jim. It's really James but he likes Jim more. And people he really likes, he lets them call him Jamie." We are Plato, intoxicated by the feigning familiarity with a dream just beyond our reach. Dean was Hollywood; a man who defined an era, an industry, a zeitgeist.
- CineVue UK
We already knew that dream-team Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence will be working together again on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Well, now it looks like the film could be a two-parter.
Writer, producer and director Ross teamed up with Lawrence on 2012′s The Hunger Games, although he didn’t return to direct her as Katniss in the next installment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Ross’ first screenplay was ’80s smash Big with Tom Hanks, which he co-wrote with Anne Spielberg, and he’s also brought us Pleasantville and Seabiscuit.
East Of Eden will be the second big screen take on Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck’s literary tome. Published in 1952, the story follows two Californian families and their intertwined lives in the early years of the twentieth century. James Dean made the role of Cal his own in the version directed by the legendary Elia Kazan »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
What if he'd lived, James Byron Dean? What if he'd never ploughed his Porsche Spyder into that oncoming station wagon, had won his auto race that afternoon in Paso Robles, and gone back to work after the weekend to reshoot his final drunk scene from Giant, the one he'd botched the week before?
Would he have had Paul Newman's career: expertly managed, disciplined, intelligent, building himself year upon year towards the iconic status he finally achieved, and two-page spread obits on his death? It's not implausible to think of Newman as someone who benefited directly from Dean's death he inherited Dean's role in the 1956 boxing picture Somebody Up There Likes Me or as an actor who many times in the late 50s and 60s played characters (Hud, »
- John Patterson
Hong Kong – The Beijing International Film Festival which gets underway later this week (April 16-23, 2014) has completed its line-up with additional restored and classic movies and contemporary world cinema choices.
The additions take to 282 the total number of films set to screen and 176 the number that will play in its Beijing Film Panorama.
The five film ‘Restoration’ section is headed by 1928 silent film “Underground,” by British director Anthony Asquith, charting the triangular relationship of two men and a woman on London’s underground or Tube railway. Other titles include “Laborer’s Love,” “New Women,” “Spring in a Small Town,” and “Myriads of Lights.”
The festival has added a screening of “Giant,” bringing to three its selection of James Dean classics, alongside the previously announced “Rebel Without A Cause” and “East of Eden.” Also screening in the same ‘Classical Retrospective’ section is a trio of Guiseppe Tornatore titles “The Legend of 1900,” “Malena” and “Cinema Paradiso. »
- Patrick Frater
Filmmaker Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") has spoken some more about his and Jennifer Lawrence's plans for a new film adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel "East of Eden" for Imagine Entertainmentand Universal Pictures.
Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story. The property was previously filmed in 1955 and starred James Dean.
Asked where the project currently stands, Ross tells THR: "It's one of the things that is sort of on my plate, I'm interested in doing. I'm not certain if it's the next movie. Part of that is my schedule. Part of that is Jennifer's schedule as well. But it's definitely something that we intend to do."
Speaking about the differences between the new film and the earlier Elia Kazan movie, »
- Garth Franklin
Pensioners may moan about 'the youth of today', but their generation practically invented antisocial behaviour, with James Dean as their fearless leader. Proof comes in the form of Nicholas Ray's 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause, digitally restored and re-released April 18th alongside the only other two films Dean starred in - East of Eden and Giant - before his untimely death in a high-speed car crash.
Rebel is the film that immortalised Dean, casually reposed in a red jacket (even more vivid in a new 4K print) with a cigarette dangling from one hand, embodying the defiant spirit of an emerging subculture; one made up of young people awkwardly caught between childhood and adulthood. Teenagers. They just didn't exist before the Second World War, at least not in the sociological sense, but the 1950s marked the point at which they decided to stand up and make some noise.
In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Recently, Wamg sat down with Kevin Costner in a press conference where he spoke to members of the media about his new role in Draft Day, Field Of Dreams, and how affected he was by Rock Hudson in Giant. Check it out below!
There’s a line in the movie where you say, “What do you want?!” Is this a direct reference to Field Of Dreams where you at one point said, “What do you want? »
- Melissa Howland
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
On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Directed by Ivan Reitman, Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.
Kevin has your instincts of who you are and what you have brought to this game shifted since you first started?
Kevin Costner: My whole life has been instinctual for me. I wouldn’t do well in a computer world, my children look at me for a question then quickly look away because they know I don’t know anything about Super Mario. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Umm…rebel without a cause? Justin Bieber gave his best James Dean impression on Instagram Saturday, posting a black and white shot of himself in a white t-shirt with a cigarette dangling from his mouth and a gold watch on his wrist. "This is James Dean inspired. Don't ask me if I smoke ciggys cuz I don't," he captioned the snap. The snap mimics one of the late movie star's iconic photos, in which Dean poses in a white T-shirt as well, with his hair similar to that of Bieber's Instagram snap, with a cigarette hanging from his lips in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. While you can see several of the Biebs' tattoos in the Dean-inspired snap, an Instagram page »
James Dean was a Hollywood giant at 24, but the stardom he dreamed of was at the racetrack. For years, the actor used the Hollywood Hills as a Grand Prix practice track before entering his first professional race on March 26, 1955 in Palm Springs, Calif. Now Dean fans can bid on a set of rarely seen pictures of the actor from that day by going to PremiereProps.com. The photos are being auctioned off along with over 1,000 movie and TV memorabilia items on March 22-23. The late photographer Gus Vignolle shot the actor after being persuaded by his daughter Janis. "She had seen East of Eden, »
- Mary Green
Aaron Paul is used to sitting shotgun in star driven vehicles. Outside of Breaking Bad, Paul played supporting roles in 2009’s remake of Last House On The Left and 2012’s indie drama Smashed. However, he’s never had the opportunity to lead a project of his own. Need For Speed finally gives the actor the opportunity to take the reigns. Although he is certainly part of the problem, there are actually plenty of issues holding this film back. Speed isn’t the only thing this film needs.
After serving time for a false conviction of vehicular manslaughter involving a close friend, Aaron Paul’s character Tobey Marshall sets out on a race across country to prove his innocence and to bring the real culprit (Dominic Cooper) to justice. Cops and rival racers both have it out for our hero and his team of mechanics that are in tow to help him along the way. »
- Michael Haffner
Television and film writer-director S. Lee Pogostin died following a long illness on March 7, one day before his 87th birthday.
Pogostin won a Writers Guild Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his original teleplay “The Game,” for the anthology series “Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre.” Though Pogostin lost, director Sydney Pollack and actor Cliff Robertson won Emmys in 1966 for “The Game,” and actress Simone Signoret also won that year for another Pogostin-scripted Chrysler segment, “A Small Rebellion.”
Pogostin’s other feature credits as a writer were “Pressure Point” (based on his teleplay “Destiny’s Tot”), starring Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin; “Synanon”; “Nightmare Honeymoon”; “Golden Needles”; and “High Road to China.” He also wrote telepics, including the acclaimed “The UFO Incident, »
- Variety Staff
Nicolas Cage made an appearance at SXSW today for an hour-long discussion moderated by his "Joe" writer-director David Gordon Green, and as expected from an actor as idiosyncratic as the Oscar-winner, the talk didn't disappoint. We'll be publishing a full run-down of the lively event shortly, but wanted to share this quote first. In it, Cage rails eloquently about why it "sucks to be famous right now," and how film criticism is negatively affected by our society's fixation with celebrities. Below is the full quote from Cage: I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden." Nothing affected me -- no rock song, no classical music -- the way Dean affected in "Eden." It blew my mind. I was like, "That's what I want to do." This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone, and before »
- Nigel M Smith
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