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Oscilloscope has released an exclusive clip from their upcoming film “Lost in Paris” featuring some musical-style footwork to a jaunty ragtime melody. The romantic comedy follows the journey of a Canadian librarian named Fiona (Fiona Gordon) who travels to Paris, France after receiving a troubling letter from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva).
Upon her arrival to France, Fiona is met with an astronomical amount of disasters, including a genial but annoying tramp named Dom (Dominique Abel).
Read More: Telluride Review: ‘Lost in Paris’ Does For Slapstick What ‘La La Land’ Does For Musicals
Directed by Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, “Lost in Paris” brings back the silly antics and choreographed slapstick comedy that is a staple in the directing duo’s work. Abel and Gordon previously collaborated on “L’Iceberg,” “Rumba,” and “The Fairy.”
While the concern for Fiona’s aunt is what jetsets her off to Paris, it »
- Gabrielle Kiss
Subscription streaming services require digging to discover their full value. For example, while I’ve been prepping for IndieWire’s Best Action Films of the 21st Century (coming later this week), I was pleasantly surprised to find how many quality action films were available on Netflix — including works by a number of non-American auteurs. From martial arts to gangster shoot ’em ups to comedy-action films, here are eight highly original, well crafted, director-driven pieces of entertainment that could serve as a welcome alternative this summer when your local cineplex feels like a boring rerun.
“Shaolin Soccer” (2001)
Stephen Chow’s films (“Kung Fu Hustle”) are a wonderful and loony mix of comedy and action that have an infectious spirit. For this film the actor/writer/director adds a sports movie to the mix, which might sound bizarre, but once seeing it you’ll wonder why no one has made a martial arts soccer film before. »
- Chris O'Falt
Above: Unused poster design for The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook, S. Korea, 2017); designer: Empire Design.It’s been a while since I did one of these round-ups of the most popular posts on Movie Poster of the Day—since the beginning of the year, in fact—but in that time one poster has been liked and reblogged more than 2,800 times, making it the second most popular design I’ve ever posted on the blog. The comp design for Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, which I featured as part of my interview with Empire Design’s John Calvert back in March, is a deserving fan favorite: an exquisite and beautifully realized concept that was shelved only in favor of something even more perfect.The rest of the Top 20 features the usual eclectic mix of old and new (there are six posters for new films in the list, and two new designs for »
Nowadays, fans can pretty much look to any big screen blockbusters and point to more than a handful of effects that are obviously CG. It’s one of the big weaknesses in today’s age of filmmaking. Yes, computer generated imagery can make the previously impossible possible, but because of its widespread use, filmmakers have grown to rely on it far too much. The result: pretty much everyone assumes that many of the effects we see nowadays are achieved on a computer.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a franchise that’s always been pretty reliant on CG. From the very first CG skeletons that made up Captain Barbossa’s crew, to the octopus-faced Davy Jones, it’s not a franchise that would have been possible in decades prior. However, that’s not to say that all the effects are achieved using digital magic. In fact, there’s one key moment in the most recent film, »
- Joseph Medina
19 May 2017 3:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Buster Keaton’s career is legendary — from his start as a knockabout child performer in vaudeville, to his groundbreaking silent shorts and feature films, through his later work and personal struggles, and finally his critical elevation as one of cinema’s towering artists. Bogdanovich will explore Keaton’s life and work in the film, which will feature interviews with generations of high-profile actors, filmmakers and historians inspired by Keaton.
“While his »
- Alex Ritman
It’s a big holiday weekend, so Hollywood has concocted a new flick that’s a perfect match for that very special day. It’s an ode to mothers everywhere, but it’s not sugary and sappy, no hearts and flowers here. That’s because it’s the sophomore feature film from Amy Schumer, so it’s more than a touch tart and spicy. Two years ago the superstar of stand-up and cable TV (the critical and ratings darling of Comedy Central) stormed the multiplex with the hit comedy romance (which she wrote) Trainwreck. For this follow-up , she’s decided to share the screen (top billing, above the title in the ads) with a movie veteran. Of course, she had terrific co-stars in her previous flick (Bill Hader, future Oscar-winner Brie Larson and NBA icon LeBron James, for gosh sake). But this time Amy’s part of a team similar »
- Jim Batts
Rob Leane May 12, 2017
It was the morning after the Alien: Covenant world premiere, and Katherine Waterston – who stars in the film as Daniels, a terraforming expert on board the eponymous colony ship - had a busy day of press commitments ahead of her, at a swanky London hotel.
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I was the first person tasked with lobbing questions at the Alien: Covenant, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Inherent Vice star, having been ushered into the room before Waterston had even had a chance to sit down. Before her morning coffee had brewed. I felt a bit bad.
But, with the clock ticking on our allocated ten minutes, we persevered. Waterston was very smiley and amicable for someone who wasn’t fully caffeinated, first thing in the morning, »
One of cinema's early comediennes, Dorothy Devore: between 1918 and 1930, the Ft. Worth-born actress was seen in nearly 100 movies, both features and shorts. Among them were 'Salvation Sue,' 'Naughty Mary Brown' and 'Saving Sister Susie,' all with frequent partner Earle Rodney. 'Comediennes of the Silent Era' & film historian Anthony Slide at the American Cinematheque Film historian and author Anthony Slide, once described by Lillian Gish as “our preeminent historian of the silent film,” will attend the American Cinematheque's 2017 Retroformat program “Comediennes of the Silent Era” on Sat., May 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Spielberg Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Slide will be signing copies of his book She Could Be Chaplin!: The Comedic Brilliance of Alice Howell (University Press of Mississippi), about the largely forgotten pioneering comedy actress of the 1910s and early 1920s. The book signing will take place at 6:30 p. »
- Andre Soares
1 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lorna Gray, who appeared on the big screen with John Wayne, Buster Keaton, Boris Karloff and The Three Stooges and, billed as Adrian Booth, starred in many 1940s Republic Pictures serials and Westerns, has died. She was 99.
The actress died Sunday at her home in Sherman Oaks, her niece, Pam Loe-Watson, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Born Virginia Pound on July 26, 1917, in Grand Rapids, Mich., she won the Miss Michigan beauty pageant and worked as a model, singer and in a vaudeville show before making her movie debut in Paramount Pictures' Hold 'Em Navy (1937), starring Lew Ayres.
- Mike Barnes
Funny or Die released a prank video inspired by Alice Lowe's very funny Prevenge, and we have it for Daily Dead readers to watch. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new clip from The Black Room and details on the extension of the play Sirens of Titan at Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles.
Check Out Funny or Die's Prevenge Prank Video: "A pitch black, wryly British horror comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (“Sightseers,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Paddington”) that’s as funny as it is vicious, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between »
- Tamika Jones
I wasn't a good impressionist. Danny [Aykroyd] did pretty well with Nixon. I just wanted to make you laugh and think in a way that was Charlie Chaplin-ish and Buster Keaton-ish, so I played Ford physically, making him look clumsy. That was basically my concept. By the way, I noticed recently that Trump said, "I'm the president, and you're not." That's my line: "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not." I got hurt during the sketch about the debate between Ford and Carter. Danny was playing Carter, and I fell forward on one of the podiums as if Ford was »
- Chevy Chase, as told to Andy Lewis
Harry Piel was kind of a Doug Fairbanks or Harry Houdini figure in German cinema, starring in a series of action-adventure spectacles showcasing his derring-do and fearless stuntwork. But first he was a writer-director, although an unusually dynamic one. He was nicknamed "the dynamite-director" because of the profusion of explosions in his movies. His acting career began when he got bored with remaining off-camera, and simply promoted himself to star. Not many of his films survive: many perished in a WWII air raid. One that can still be seen is his circus mystery, Was ist Los im Zirkus Beely? (1927), in which Harry is falsely accused of murder and must uncover chicanery at a huge circus—not a traveling one, a permanent one, a mighty big top of stone. Piel gets a lot of exciting use out of this edifice, rather like the way Buster Keaton would exploit the structural qualities »
Comedy actress Alice Howell on the cover of film historian Anthony Slide's latest book: Pioneering funky-haired performer 'could have been Chaplin' – or at the very least another Louise Fazenda. Rediscovering comedy actress Alice Howell: Female performer in movie field dominated by men Early comedy actress Alice Howell is an obscure entity even for silent film aficionados. With luck, only a handful of them will be able to name one of her more than 100 movies, mostly shorts – among them Sin on the Sabbath, A Busted Honeymoon, How Stars Are Made – released between 1914 and 1920. Yet Alice Howell holds (what should be) an important – or at the very least an interesting – place in film history. After all, she was one of the American cinema's relatively few pioneering “funny actresses,” along with the likes of the better-known Flora Finch, Louise Fazenda, and, a top star in her day, Mabel Normand. Also of note, »
- Andre Soares
Cast your mind back to Gore Verbinski’s The Curse Of The Black Pearl, a wildly successful franchise-starter that sparked a cracking rivalry between Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Captain Jack Sparrow, the eccentric, swashbuckling hero brought to life rather effortlessly by Johnny Depp.
Fast forward a decade and change and it seems that tension between Barbossa and Sparrow is still simmering beneath the surface, as the all-new action shot from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales attests. Coming to us by way of Empire, up above you’ll see Geoffrey Rush’s mad-eyed seaman draw his sword on Sparrow for reasons unknown, though we imagine the two will find common ground to square off against the impending Salazar (Javier Bardem).
In tandem with the reveal, Empire also posted a brief quote from co-director Joachim Rønning, who considers The Curse Of The Black Pearl to be the »
- Michael Briers
Everyone loves Bb-8, right? It was always a tall order to fill in for legendary bleeping trash can R2-D2, but his symbolic progeny won the hearts of audiences from the second we saw him roll into action in the first trailer for The Force Awakens, and his many funny (and extremely gif-able) moments in the final film went a long way to capturing that classic Star Wars aura.
Thankfully, the little droid that could will be back for more in The Last Jedi and earlier today during a panel at Celebration, director Rian Johnson compared him to none other than slapstick legend Buster Keaton.
“The best advice I had was from [J.J. Abrams’] editors who said you can’t get enough of Bb-8. He’s the Buster Keaton of [The Last Jedi].”
- David James
At Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for the next Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. Luke is back and he’s got opinions. Rey is back and she’s training. Bb-8 is back and he’s Buster Keaton. We talk about all this an more with Star Wars expert Da7e Gonzales.
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- Film School Rejects
Director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy opened up the event with host and superfan Josh Gad. But before the hour-long panel was over, the three were joined by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, and even Bb-8.
Here’s what we learned about the next Star Wars film:
1. It’s still in production
“We’re in post-production,” Johnson told the audience. “We’re still editing, but we’re very far along.” Kennedy was on hand to hype up the director who had spent four hours the night before signing autographs and talking to fans who waited overnight to see the event. “He writes amazingly fierce and independent women,” she said, »
- Seth Kelley
Containing multitudes is a time-honored cinematic tradition.
Sure, featuring a single actor as more than one character in your movie smells a bit like a gimmick—but at the end of the day, it’s an efficient and often effective means of showcasing the versatility of a performer. And that can hardly be faulted. We caught a whiff of it with Split this year, though McAvoy might be disqualified for being a Legion of One rather than a cast with a shared face. Personally, I had no idea the trend cast such a wide-reaching historical net — I’d stupidly assumed it was something made possible by the advent of modern makeup and digital tech. Again, stupidly.
Be it gimmick or something more nuanced (or both!) — it’s particularly fascinating that it has such a long standing history as a marketing device. Film quality aside, the main draw is often the performative tour-de-force itself. Some »
- Meg Shields
Three Buster Keaton shorts: The Balloonatic, The Goat, and The High Sign will screen April 10th at 2pm at the Walt Theater in New Haven, Missouri. The films will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra.
There’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. The group is a treasure and St. Louis is lucky to have them here. The group has actively redefined both the local music and film cultures of the area. The ensemble – equal parts indie/punk-stalwart and academically trained composer and musicians – provide life performance of new film scores to classic silent films. The Rats are hitting the road this Sunday, April 2nd and will be playing at the Walt Theater in New Haven, Missouri (about 60 miles west of St. Louis). The show starts at 2pm.
This is part of the Riverside Film Festival 2017. The Facebook »
- Tom Stockman
The pair were laid to rest in a private ceremony in early January (Reynolds was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles alongside Fisher’s ashes, which were in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill), and now the public will have a chance to say goodbye to the iconic actresses in a public memorial service this Saturday.
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
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