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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Video Essay of the Day: Jacob T. Swinney is back with another showcase of first and last shots from movies, including recent releases like Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex-Machina, placed side by side: Filmmaker in Focus: Quentin Tarantino's foot fetish is addressed in this supercut of shots of feet from his movies (via Cinematic Montage Creators): Vintage Image of the Day: James Dean wearing glasses and showing off his lasso skills on the set of Giant, which was still in production when the actor died in a car crash on this day 60 years ago. Movie Viewing Method of the Day: Without actually acknowledging the slang term "Netflix and...
- Christopher Campbell
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Today is the 60th anniversary of the death of James Dean. Whether you’re a fan of Dean’s or not (I am not, particularly, though it would have been nice to see where he would have gone), there’s no question that he is one of the key figures that helped create the myth of the movie star as icon, partly by dying way too young and just as his talent was beginning to blaze across the screen. His legend received an assist via a propitiously timed photo essay in Life magazine in 1955 — which appeared just months before Dean’s death but probably would have »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sixty years after these events, he remains an icon, based on only three films. Dean hit a nerve because he was the right star in the right roles at the right time. After the Depression and World War II, many American adults wanted things to be “nice” and trouble-free. The affluent middle class moved into new suburban developments, while Madison Avenue started targeting teenagers as a distinct demographic with their own spending money.
The 1950s are often painted as a period of “Happy Days” innocence, but the optimistic attitude only partially masked fears of communists, the atomic bomb, polio and the growing awareness that the American Dream might be more complex than it seemed. And nobody was more suspicious »
- Tim Gray
It must be noted that Robert Pattinson has moved on from the Twilight phase. His A-List status can convey he can choose carefully what his next projects will be and many Pattinson fans will view his next feature just like anyone will view the next Tom Cruise flick. Unfortunately, Twilight fans will be highly disappointed with his next film, Life as the target audience are for people over the age of thirty-five.
Be that as it may, even if you are over thirty-five and want to educate yourself about an era where Hollywood was evolving to new heights, adding onto learning about a cultural icon, then the chances of enjoyment will be adequate. But only adequate is the strongest word »
- Aly Lalji
Dear Fernando,Did you catch Tsai Ming-liang’s masterpiece Journey to the West at the festival last year? Those hoping that Tsai’s follow-up after that exhilaratingly pure film and the majestically decayed Stray Dogs would have a similarly expansive vision will be disappointed by Afternoon, a two-odd-hour, four-take long video conversation between the director and his inseparable actor-muse-alter-ego-best-friend, Lee Kang-sheng, made as a gallery installation to accompany Stray Dogs but shown in a cinema at Tiff. Yet by its very nature Tsai’s sorrowful minimalism has never been more emotional. The director is a veritable blabbermouth, and whether spurned on either by the mysterious motivation for the project, his interlocuting actor’s dry silence, or nervousness in the presence of the quite noticable camera crew (awkwardly tipping their heads in the frame, taking photographs, and later even asking questions as the conversation dwindles), Tsai Ming-liang nervously but avidly, movingly »
- Daniel Kasman
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
In 2007 Anton Corbijn’s Control focused on the young troubled life of Joy Division’s vocalist Ian Curtis. It was a film unafraid to unpick its protagonist, and to focus its lens on the grit, grime, and even the mundane to portray a fuller, richer character study. As Corbijn returns to familiar territory with film icon James Dean (Dane DeHaan) one expects a similar non-romanticised narrative, and more so given the iconic, almost mythical, status of its protagonist. Consequently, Life lessens its focused vision and allows the mythical lexicon to remain unhindered.
- Matthew Lee
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
Long before he became a household name, James Dean was little more than an aspiring actor in the late ’40s and early ’50s, struggling to make ends meet. What many of his admirers don’t know, however, is how influential photographer Dennis Stock proved in Dean’s trajectory from photogenic character actor to bona fide superstar, and it’s an arc that will underpin Anton Corbijn’s upcoming biopic, Life.
Starring Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan in the title role as the rebel without a cause, Corbijn’s feature also includes Robert Pattinson as the photographer for Life magazine. Upon crossing paths with the budding actor after he wrapped up work on East of Eden, Pattinson’s Dennis Stock projects Dean’s name up in lights. Capturing the spirit of the cultural icon and his devil-may-care, Life will see the pair strike up an unlikely friendship across the course of a »
- Michael Briers
By the spring of 1988, several high-profile cases had brought the gang violence in Los Angeles to national attention. The fatal shootings of an 18-year-old college student and her 12-year-old neighbour were, according to a newspaper report, the 113th and 114th gang-related murders to have occurred in La County since the start of the beginning of 1988. The previous year saw 387 people killed in gang-related incidents.
Against this backdrop came Colors, Dennis Hopper’s unflinching and disturbingly authentic crime drama starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn. Some of the film’s harshest critics called it exploitative and voyeuristic - a calculated attempt to cash in on the real violence that was regularly making headlines. Colors’ detractors were given further fuel when reports began to circulate of violent incidents occurring in »
Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson star in the first trailer for the upcoming James Dean biopic Life. In the film, DeHaan (Chronicle) portrays the iconic actor, who became famous for his roles in such films as East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant during the 1950s. Dean passed away at the age of 24 in 1955, after getting in a car crash.
A number of actors have played Dean in past projects, including Stephen McHattie and James Franco. In fact, this will mark the second time DeHaan portrays a character previously played by Franco, as both actors also starred as Harry Osborn in different Spider-Man franchises.
The story follows Dennis Stock, who works at the Magnum Photos Agency and got an assignment to shoot rising Hollywood star James Dean, before the release of East of Eden. Friendship developed between them during the assignment, as the pair traveled from Los Angeles to New York to Indiana. »
- Justin Cook
Anton Corbijn, the director behind the lens of projects as varied as A Most Wanted Man and George Clooney’s The American, is tackling a real-life biopic for his latest feature Life, which has today revealed its first full-length trailer.
Charting the meteoric rise to superstardom of one James Dean (Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Dane DeHaan), the upcoming drama from the photographer-turned-director will tell the story of his friendship with Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), a budding photographer for Life magazine that captured some of the earlier, undocumented vignettes of Dean’s storied journey to becoming a bona fide household name.
Having helped get Dean’s foot – and roguish good looks – in the door, Stock and the model-turned-actor take a road trip from Los Angeles to the Big Apple, and Anton Corbijn’s feature film will track their burgeoning friendship. Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Kristen Hager and Kelly McCreary complete the cast. »
- Michael Briers
The first trailer has been released from the Anton Corbijn-directed "Life" starring Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as the Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock who was sent to profile him.
The pair embark on a road trip just as the tragically short-lived superstar is beginning his ascent with the soon to be released "East of Eden". The pair revealed and rediscovered themselves on this road trip around the United States.
Stock is responsible for some of the most iconic images of Dean including the rainy Times Square photo. No U.S. release date has been set as yet, but the film opens next month in several European countries.
- Garth Franklin
Dead at 24, James Dean left a remarkably iconic career with just a few years of TV appearances, and then starring in three films. But what three films they were, East Of Eden, Giant, and of course Rebel Without a Cause. The upcoming biopic Life will focus on the relationship between Dean and photographer Dennis Stock.
One time Green Goblin Dane DeHaan will take on the role of Dean while Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame will play Stock. Both stars are already receiving great praise for their roles, and under the watchful eye of Anton Corbijn whose excellent Control captured later Joy Division singer Ian Curtis so profoundly, it’s safe to assume we’ll be getting a touching, insightful, and rather beautiful film.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Read More: Cinedigm Acquires James Dean Drama 'Life' Before "East of Eden" and becoming a household name, James Dean was a rising actor photographed by Dennis Stock for Life magazine, which is the focus of Anton Corbijn's latest film, "Life." Dane DeHaan stars as Dean, a rising Hollywood star filled with fear and skepticism, who is featured on the cover of Life thanks to Stock, played by Rob Pattinson. As Dean and Stock travel from Los Angeles to New York and Indiana, the two form a friendship as Dean rises to fame. "Life" also stars Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Kristen Hager and Kelly McCreary. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is set to hit theaters on September 25. Check out the trailer above, courtesy of Dazed. Read More: Watch: First Clip From Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ Starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan, Plus Full Berlin Press Conference »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Raymond Massey ca. 1940. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, Massey was featured in nearly 50 films. Turner Classic Movies generally selects the same old MGM / Rko / Warner Bros. stars for its annual “Summer Under the Stars” series. For that reason, it's great to see someone like Raymond Massey – who was with Warners in the '40s – be the focus of a whole day: Sat., Aug. 8, '15. (See TCM's Raymond Massey movie schedule further below.) Admittedly, despite his prestige – his stage credits included the title role in the short-lived 1931 Broadway production of Hamlet – the quality of Massey's performances varied wildly. Sometimes he could be quite effective; most of the time, however, he was an unabashed scenery chewer, »
- Andre Soares
Olivia de Havilland on Turner Classic Movies: Your chance to watch 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' for the 384th time Olivia de Havilland is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 2, '15. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner (To Each His Own, 1946; The Heiress, 1949) whose steely determination helped to change the way studios handled their contract players turned 99 last July 1. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any de Havilland movie rarities, e.g., Universal's cool thriller The Dark Mirror (1946), the Paramount comedy The Well-Groomed Bride (1947), or Terence Young's British-made That Lady (1955), with de Havilland as eye-patch-wearing Spanish princess Ana de Mendoza. On the other hand, you'll be able to catch for the 384th time a demure Olivia de Havilland being romanced by a dashing Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood, as TCM shows this 1938 period adventure classic just about every month. But who's complaining? One the »
- Andre Soares
By Alex Simon
Cars have been a staple of motion pictures since the earliest Keystone Kops two-reel comedies a century ago, usually providing fodder for chase scenes and general mayhem. Whether they’re breaking land-speed records, flying through the air defying laws of aerodynamics, or driven by intrepid heroes pursuing bad guys, cars and movies go together like…well, like movies and popcorn.Like movies and tickets. Like cars and tickets. Wait…let’s just get on with the list, shall we?
Here are the ten coolest cars in movie history, in no particular order:
1. Rendezvous: 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450Sel 6.9
Director Claude Lelouch mounted a camera on his 1976 Mercedes and tore through the early morning streets of Paris at breakneck speeds, cheating only slightly in post-production by overdubbing the sound of a Ferrari 275 Gtb engine with that of his Benz’s. Three people were in the car, with Lelouch at the wheel, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
By Alex Simon
They say that clothes make the man. They also make the man in the movie and, sometimes, even make the movie itself live on in the annals of classic filmdom. With that in mind, here is a list (in no particular order) of ten gents and the characters they played who changed our sartorial habits forever.
1. Michael Douglas/Gordon Gecko—Wall Street
Arguably the movie that set the style for second half of the 1980s, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street featured Michael Douglas’ Oscar-winning turn as corporate raider Gordon Gecko, whose ruthlessness in the boardroom was only matched by his sense of style. Douglas is all clean lines in his pinstripe suits, suspenders and slicked-back hair, creating an iconic look that screamed “power” and “go fuck yourself” simultaneously.
Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian sci-fi allegory is one of cinema’s great dark satires, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The sequel to Teen Beach Movie, which premiered Friday, begins simply enough: The first film’s “it” couple — Mack (The Fosters‘ Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Austin & Ally‘s Ross Lynch) — are adjusting to life back in the real world after a summer of singing and surfing with the characters of Wet Side Story, »
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